Construction organizations are increasingly implementing scalable processes and best practices that support digital transformation as a result of the industry's fast change.
A business can implement a scalable process in three different ways:
- One product at a time
- One technological or business process at a time
- Aiming for specific commercial results
First off, you don't need to make any initial technology investments to develop deliverables because there are many third-party tools available. This could involve contracting out the creation of 3D models to determine building quantities, adjusting a schedule using location-based methods, or taking periodic reality captures to compare to the plan. This has a low entrance barrier and aids in building the business case for increased adoption.
In order to determine how a certain process or technology can support the desired outcome of a Constructible Process, a corporation must regularly evaluate it. Will the tool utilize controlled or reusable building content, provide constructible data, and contribute to a linked building process? Encouragement of the drive toward the intended outcome while satisfying the requirements of today's projects is an important goal.
Third, businesses might implement mid- to long-term strategies to achieve particular business goals like a rise in profit or market share. The Constructible roadmap can be planned with the aid of seasoned business advisors.
The results of four businesses employing the Constructible Process are listed below.
Modeling Speed - VolkerWessels
VolkerWessels is a multi-disciplined company with offices in the Netherlands that offers self-perform as well as construction, infrastructure, and real estate services. Production optimization has resulted from initial efforts to limit the amount of construction traffic entering metropolitan areas with better delivery arrangements. Outside of Amsterdam, VolkerWessels has established warehouses where materials may be staged, prefabricated components can be made, and materials and equipment can be organized by task and location for just-in-time delivery to the site. The idea has expanded to include workforce cooperation. The team gathers in the warehouse and is transported by bus to the project every day with the tools and supplies they need to complete the task.
Data That Can Be Built - M Moser Associates
Leading design partner M Moser Associates is dedicated to creating and delivering the most cutting-edge workspaces. As a designer, they have advanced to "Constructible" level models from design intent. They provide an "entirely constructible 3D modeling workflow that empowers any stakeholder to understand and participate in a project." The buildable models "eliminate wasted materials and resources and allow for unprecedented attention to detail before reaching the site."
Jason Li, M Moser Associates' Director Of Organizational Development
"We're working to uproot the stubborn tree that many people have built up. I've heard a lot of tales about folks who are highly resistant to change and refuse to consider other options. Many presumptions, such as "You can't use SketchUp for official documents to send to the government," "It's not accurate enough," and "We can't collaborate with consultants using other programs," have been disproved. These disagreements are now moot and irrelevant.
M Moser Associates has made sure that the process would be embraced and re-used inside the organization by focusing on organizational adoption and development.
North Mechanical Contracting And Services: Project Execution
In order to validate ideas and fulfill the client's requirements, North Mechanical adopted the Constructible Process for the project. To convey actual system components, they employed fabrication-level models that were made possible by content. The project delivery schedule was improved, and it was completed faster. When compared to their standard method, quantity take off cut time by 25% and produced bill of material level building amounts. Additionally, the delivery was foreseeable as evidenced by the absence of any alteration orders. 90% of the plumbing components were made off-site, saving over $1M in labor costs and necessitating 50% less work. According to Dustin Allen, the project manager, "There is a real need for intelligent, fabrication-ready models that have the actual system components included."
Integration Of The Supply Chain: Barton Malow
Constructible Process implementation by Barton Malow's self-perform business led to a 15% boost in concrete rebar production as part of the strategic aim to double efficiency by 2024. Rebar is modeled, detailed, and sent to a manufacturer for manufacturing by Barton Malow. The accurate constructible data can be used to direct the factory's shearing (cutting) and bending of the bars. After that, the bars are packaged and labeled for installation. Making this technique as easy as the toy "Legos" served as the standard. Imagine if each bundle is a box of Lego bricks that is shipped from the manufacturer with a manual or set of instructions on how to assemble the part. From the manufacturer to the location, the packages are then traced. On-site installation instructions are sent to the personnel's mobile devices.
There are huge changes happening in the building sector. To compete, draw in the next generation of workers, and achieve the strategic goals for development and efficiency, change will be necessary. Technology alone won't be enough to bring about change. Technology advancements, process re-engineering, and the advancement of people will be the drivers of new business intelligence.
A strategy for accelerating the digital transformation is the constructible process. Constructible data, content-enabled distribution, and linked construction will be important enablements. Organizations need to have clear goals, organizational preparation, and a data strategy in order to take advantage of this transformation and make it a recurring success. In order to promote more effective and predictable project delivery and improve the supply chain, organizations need to consider process optimization with early access to constructible data.
Success is being demonstrated by businesses like Barton Malow, VolkerWessels, M Moser Associates, and Northern Mechanical Contracting and Services. Every project can have a constructible model thanks to VolkerWessels' speed modeling methodologies, Barton Malow is witnessing a 15% boost in productivity, and Northern Mechanical was able to save $1M on one project by using off-site fabrication.