The Optimized Planning Industry Process Experience is for construction planners, project managers, and safety engineers to collaborate on a digital model that is true to the reality of the construction process.
It allows teams to simulate and validate critical project activities—even worker tasks—before arriving onsite.
The main ingredients for creating a fully optimized plan are the project design, construction sequences, and critical resources:
3D Model. The physical asset is represented in it’s completed form by a BIM or VDC (Virtual Design Construction) model.
Processes. Construction timeline and sequences are outlined in a Gantt chart or other timeline tool to illustrate the progression of the project.
Resources. The space, labor, and equipment utilized during a project are critical to simulating the construction process, but are often overlooked in the planning phase. Activities on the construction site often have even more impact on the bottom line than the design of the project itself. An analysis of the building environment throughout the build is necessary for planners to determine how the project will be built.
Optimized Planning considers the design, timeline, and critical resources like cranes and crews to produce an exceedingly detailed construction plan and dramatically reduce the risks and costs associated with the most critical components of complex projects.
Utilizing the Optimized Planning process helps users to:
- Minimize costs by accurately predicting workforce requirements and onsite time needed for using costly material handling equipment, especially in congested areas
- Dramatically reduce rework and delays through rapid recalculations using real-time data in the event of unforeseen activities
- Improve worker health and safety by identifying risks early in the design and planning process
- Optimize efficiency of the construction project by evaluating the best resource allocation, logistics, construction sequence, and other factors
- Simplify communication by planning, visualizing, and working from data contained within one aggregated model
Defining and validating a precise plan prior to the execution of the actual construction job is made possible with a simulation system that can handle the model, schedule, and critical resource data.
Planners may then run realistic scenarios to validate sequences, optimize the construction schedule, and avoid project risks.