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BIM Uses

Site Utilization Planning

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A process in which a 4D model is used to graphically represent both permanent and temporary facilities on site, with the construction activity schedule.  Additional information incorporated into the model can include labor resources, materials and associated deliveries, and equipment location. Because the 3D model components are directly linked to the schedule, site management functions such as visualized planning, short-term re-planning, and resource analysis can be analyzed over different spatial and temporal data.

Potential Value:

  • Generate site usage layout for temporary facilities, assembly areas, and material deliveries for all phases of construction
  • Identify potential and critical space and time conflicts
  • Select a feasible construction scheme
  • Update site organization and space usage as construction progresses

Resources Required:

  • 3D Model manipulation
  • Design authoring software
  • Scheduling software

 Team Competencies Required:

  • Ability to manipulate, navigate, and review 3D Model
  • Ability to manipulate and asses construction schedule with 3D model
  • Ability to understand typical construction methods

Selected Resources:

  • Chau, K.W.; M. Anson, and J.P. Zhang. “Four-Dimensional Visualization of Construction Scheduling and Site Utilization.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. (July/August 2004): 598-606. ASCE. 5 September 2008.
  • Dawood, Nashwam et al. “The Virtual Construction Site (VIRCON) Tools: An Industrial Evaluation.” ITcon. Vol. 10 (2005): 43-54. 8 September 2008.
  • Heesom, David and Lamine Mahdjoubi. “Trends of 4D CAD Applications for Construction Planning.” Construction Management and Economics. (February 2004). 22 171-182. 8 September 2008.
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