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July 13, 2023

How to Streamline Construction Projects With Virtual Design and Construction

Virtual design and construction (VDC) is changing the construction industry. By integrating virtual modeling, design, and construction techniques, stakeholders can coordinate, visualize, and simulate construction projects before physical work begins. This, in turn, can enhance collaboration, minimize errors, and maximize project efficiency.

Avvir, a leading provider of reality capture analysis solutions, offers a platform that automates the comparison of digital design models with on-site construction progress. This article will delve into VDC. We’ll start by outlining what VDC is and what VDC techniques are in construction. We’ll then touch on some strategies and tools construction managers can use to implement VDC. Lastly, we’ll cover how Avvir fits into the VDC process and how Avvir’s solutions can help make the construction process more efficient.

What Is Virtual Design and Construction?

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Virtual design and construction (VDC) is a process that utilizes digital tools and technologies — including Building Information Modeling (BIM) — to enhance collaboration, communication, and coordination throughout the entire construction lifecycle.

Essentially, VDC integrates 3D modeling, data analytics, and project management techniques to optimize the lifecycle of a project, from pre-construction and project planning all the way through construction and facility management.

VDC starts during the preconstruction phase, where design teams create a 3D model of the project using BIM software. This allows for early clash detection, identification of design conflicts, and optimization of construction sequencing and logistics. In addition to using the 3D models in preconstruction, site logistics and work sequencing takes place leveraging reality capture technologies such as laser scanning and drones. This allows for the building information model to contain the most current as-built information about the site or location for planning purposes. The BIM is much more than just the 3D model.  

During the construction phase, VDC techniques help improve project efficiency and reduce errors. 4D modeling adds the dimension of time to the BIM model, allowing stakeholders to visualize construction sequences and identify potential conflicts. Clash detection tools analyze the BIM model to detect clashes between different building elements, such as mechanical, electrical, and structural systems. This enables early problem resolution, reducing costly rework and delays. Solutions like Avvir Inspect take this a step further in construction and run clash detection between the 3D BIM model and the as-built conditions as captured in laser scans, effectively clashing the model to the real world. 

VDC also extends beyond construction completion. The virtual model created during the design and construction phases can be leveraged for facility management and maintenance. Since the Avvir platform creates an updated as-built model of changes to the coordinated model along the course of construction, your deliverables upon project completion will be accurate and ready for operations. By incorporating data on building systems, equipment, and materials into the model, facility managers can use the digital twin produced as a valuable tool for asset management, space planning, and maintenance scheduling.

What VDC Techniques Apply to the Construction Industry?

The use of virtual design and construction has grown tremendously on construction sites. Below are a few of the most common VDC techniques currently being used by project teams:

What Are the Best Tools to Maximize VDC?

The benefits of VDC are endless, especially if paired with other construction technologies. Below are some of the best tools that you can consider implementing into your building project to help get the most out of your VDC efforts.

Another prominent technology to consider introducing to your job site and VDC efforts is Avvir. Let’s take a closer look at how Avvir's solutions can help make the construction process more efficient.

How Avvir Can Improve Construction Processes

Avvir specializes in automated construction monitoring and quality control. Our platform helps construction professionals streamline the VDC process by automating the comparison of digital design models with on-site construction progress. Below is a breakdown of some of Avvir’s key features and how the technology fits in with VDC methodologies:

By embracing VDC techniques and leveraging solutions like Avvir's platform, construction professionals can optimize project efficiency, reduce costs, improve quality, and enhance collaboration throughout the construction lifecycle.

Strategies That Add Value During VDC Implementation

VDC professionals can increase the value of technology investments for their companies by following these four strategies:

By following the four strategies outlined above, VDC professionals can increase the value of technology investments for their companies.

Virtual Design & Construction Can Improve Your Processes

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VDC is reshaping the construction industry by enhancing collaboration, reducing errors, and increasing project efficiency. When utilized properly, VDC efforts can maximize efficiencies in all stages of the project lifecycle, from construction planning to facility management.

Avvir's platform offers advanced solutions that automate the comparison of digital design models with on-site construction progress. By leveraging VDC techniques and Avvir's platform, owners and construction companies can streamline construction projects, save costs, and improve overall project outcomes.

Embracing VDC and investing in the right tools and technologies like Avvir's platform will undoubtedly pave the way for a more efficient and successful construction industry. Contact us today to learn more about how Avvir can assist with your next project.

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