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October 2019

@one Alliance is a company that responsible to designs and builds the majority of Anglian Water’s projects which is the largest water and wastewater company in England. An interview session have been conducted with Clare Kovacs, who is a 4D Planner of @one Alliance and did implemented SYNCHRO SOFTWARE for Anglian Water’s projects.

Please click the photo to view the interview.

Clare Kovacs did mention that they act as the centre of 4D knowledge sharing. @one Alliance is a place where all the partner organizations gather around to discuss and get all perspective views to find the best practices. This collaboration have driven SYNCHRO as their best practice in their most projects. It’s an interoperability tool.

They have applied SYNCHRO for more than 100 projects in a year and aim to apply over a thousand projects soon. SYNCHRO only did not apply when the project is simple due to it can be done easily while SYNCHRO will be a better tools when it deal with complex projects. But the Alliance wanted to apply SYNCHRO to everything and lead to the right culture and behaviours within the company to deliver projects more efficient.

The greates outcome of using SYNCHRO 4D is when delivering the project. Start with getting detail into schedule and use it for commercial forecasting, procurement, design elements, and all other enabling and environmental issues. SYNCHRO act as everyone’s input rather than being a reporting tool. SYNCHRO allow the team to gather valuable input in the same platform, opportunities can be identify when the team can visualize the project & when the team is mutual, they can accelerate further the projects progress & get rid of working in silo environment. Before they get engage with SYNCHRO, they used  Primavera P6 for reporting scheduling purpose and now they can see the impact of the plans, operational interfaces, temporary works and many more that cannot be see by other software. Now, they did not rely only on schedule sheets only but they see the transformation of the schedule.

Digital is widely known in our world and look how it innovate the worlds. The Alliance believe that SYNCHRO 4D capable in educating the project delivery team, enable great collaboration and bring everyone on the journey of the projects from the starts. 4D planning with SYNCHRO is not in the picture until we discover how critical it’s with 4D capability in project planning which impacting us to embark with SYNCRHO for all our projects. The Alliance are getting better and better at delivering projects in 4D because they can see the bigger picture in their projects & how they can optimise it.

Let’s follow @one Alliance implementation in digital innovative construction with SYNCHRO 4D. They have proven that SYNCHRO 4D did make an excellent job in delivering projects to the whole team. It is never too late to start. One step into 4D will be your one biggest achievement. We will bring glory to your project completion with SYNCRHO 4D.

Click Here to  see the interview session.

 

September 2019

Project communication is overwhelmingly regarded as the proper and timely delivery of pertinent project information. Communication is more than information exchange but a way that project managers generate the grounds for a project.

 

The first step in communication is to identify the requirement of the project by knowing the type of information and communicate with correct person of the information.

 

Normal practice of communication will eventually lead to the frame work of who is the person required to communicate with what kind of information, and when do we need to perform it. Extensively it also might deal into location such as where do we perform it and why. Then the next is how we going to do the work.  (5 ‘W’ & 1 ‘H”)

 

Environment that surround will also influence project communication and it can be either internal or external environmental factors. Identify and accommodate the environmental factors can improve the project communication.

 

Lessons are learned from past projects could help the project in planned to increase the improvement rate by identify organizational process assets. The organizational process assets can be defined as the sources of existing policies, processes, organizational data, and also knowledge.

 

Effective and efficient communication process could assist project managers to identify the information needed to be sent and receiver of the information. Then, format of information and timeline schedule for information exchange to team members & stakeholders need to be decided by project managers. Result from that, stakeholders can retrieve regular updates on project status as an essential activity throughout the project. Project status information could be shared through status reports and meetings with associates on periodical basis. Therefore, effective communication process not only provides regular project status updates, it also provides information regarding performance capacity to the team members and stakeholders of the project.

 

How 4D Can Improve Project Management?

Now, we are in technology era and a lot of industries using technology to improve their project management especially in construction industries. Currently they are using 4D planning and scheduling with the help of recommended software such as Primavera P6 and Synchro Pro. Mortenson, Duke Energy, Austin Commercial, Ryan Companies, Beck Group and Walt Disney Imagineering are companies that prove these software have improved safety, increased productivity, lower cost and last but not least greater reliability.

 

Common question on 4D scheduling will be does that scheduling occur in silos, are dates and durations determined by the few, do the workflow and production will be reliable and steady, will the schedule end up following the project instead of leading, or is there exist a lack of understanding and cooperation. If there is a technology that can see the future of a project, it can avoid costly rework and informed decision will increase. Synchro PRO will make your dream come true with their ability on 4D construction scheduling that becomes the foundation of reliable and efficient way on deliver the project.

 

 

Synchro PRO will help you to communicate effectively especially when you can manage people within the project to see the project and here they will engage with it right away. However, you still need to identify the root of the problem you wanted to solve, test the technology solution and be sure the software does what it says. This is because not all 4D software provides the same functionality. So if you wanted to get better in project communication, start to invest your time in learning software likes Synchro Pro and Primavera P6.

August 2019

BIM-based tools provide new methods of mitigating safety hazards and risks through the integration of 3D models by taking into account of construction procedures and safety knowledge. The implementation of BIM in design stage is believed to predict and prevent any possible construction accidents. Likewise, time-related information and 3D models data (4D BIM) linkage could further enhance the site safety through the utilization of simulation and visualization features. Besides, the visualization feature could ease designers for effective detection on time-space conflicts that able to prompt hazard recognition (e.g. fall identification), and enhancement on communication among designers and builders (e.g. virtual reality safety dialogue).


4 Steps of Risk Evaluation & Mitigation in Design Phase

a) Safety risk quantification for design elements and construction activities

  • Risk was firstly quantified by using survey results from construction field personnel at activity level, then the cumulative results were used to assess the risk in accordance to each design element.

b) Incorporation of risk scores with 4D BIM Model

  • Linkage of quantified risk values with corresponding design elements in the 3D model
  • After unit risk and quantity information gathered, the risk associated with an object can be quantified or calculated

c) Project risk simulation and risk assessment analysis

  • Visualization of construction sequences on a timeline for the entire project and promote collaborative environment for both designers and constructors including unscheduled design elements recognition
  • Synchro PRO as the 4D Modelling software enable the daily risk for each task to be calculated

d) Design alternative selection

  • Revision on the design at object level could be done by designers with collaboration of contractor to adjust the project model and schedule to mitigate the accumulated risk (Process of revising design could be repeated until identified risk is acceptable)

BENEFITS of BIM Modelling (4D) for:

Designers Contractors
Gain idea on risk levels for each building system & design option Discover deficiencies in schedule and offer input during early stage of project to improve effectiveness of risk assessment
Acknowledge the presence of high-risk tasks Enhance on safety resource allocations within high-risk period or work area
Adjust designs to eliminate the hazards / substitutes in less hazardous materials or design components Use risk information to re-sequence high-risk activities through risk levelling in construction

July 2019

Why use 4D safety planning?

Safety planning methods that are currently in practice have reached or are very close to reaching their practical safety improvement potential. To further bring down the number of safety incidents in the construction industry, a breakthrough in safety planning that surpasses current best practices is required. Virtual design and construction (VDC) enables the visualization of construction activities before they occur, it could be the tool that makes this breakthrough possible. Thus, construction safety research has recognized that the ability to influence safety in a project is highest at the earliest stages of that project such as the design and planning phases. This concept can and should be applied to shorter timelines such as the look-ahead window, the workweek, the workday, or even at the operation level of each activity (e.g. in power plant component replacement planning)because every bit of safety matters.

Case Study: Safety Planning with Synchro at Pearl Harbor Hanger Renovation

The Safety Lead, Blake Mead, and VDC Lead, Angelo Lago, for Hensel Phelps Pacific Region had plan and successfully execute the renovation of a hanger in Pearl Harbor, HI with increased safety and more efficient production by using Synchro Software. Blake and Angelo had discuss to improve safety planning using Synchro as Blake became fimiliar with BIM and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC).

The project is a renovation of a 260 x 100 sq. ft. hanger on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, HI. The project removes all hazardous materials, upgrades the structure to Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (ATFP) blast rating, improves overall structural capacity, repairs roof damage, adds beams to the attic space, removes piping fire sprinklers and updates interior finish.

To visually show safety hazards in the model, safety icons created by Synchro were placed in the location and time of the hazards. Their regional VDC leads regularly meet to share best practices and push the implementation of 4D Planning, which is part of the VDC toolkit.

Upon reviewing the initial plan sequence in Synchro, it was apparent that they could perform specific studies and alternate sequences before the roof demolition to optimize the plan. The initial plan seemed great, but visualizing it showed that the order of replacement caused additional hazards. Thus, the plan was simplified, made more productive and safer in overall.

The project requires safety meetings with all trades for each phase three weeks prior to the start of work and walk through the sequence to identify any hazards in the environment or the job procedure so that each step of the entire job can be done safely and efficiently. By showing the Synchro model live, they were able to expand the Gantt view, show dates and tasks, and the objects that are related to them. The trades can immediately react, like when a warning line was not safe enough and they needed to use fall protection to get access.

There is simply more clarity looking at the visual plan. In addition, the trades were more calm and confident- and calm, confident sites are safer sites. As part of the renovation, the VDC team performed a laser scan of the high bay, mezzanine level, attic and roof to create an accurate as-built BIM model. An as-built model was created in Revit and then imported into Synchro to show the sequencing of work for the attic and roof.

Synchro makes safety planning proactive, easy to communicate and engaging for the trades.

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