Driving the Construction Revolution by Adopting Manufacturing Processes

In a world where technology and processes are constantly being reimagined and developed, it is essential to ensure that your knowledge of your own and the ever-changing field of manufacturing processes is as detailed as possible. This will allow you to realize how you can best utilize and adapt your processes to be at the forefront of your field.

With regards to construction, this means being aware of the varying applications and solutions that can help to help improve planning, design, construction, and assembly for increased sustainability, optimized operations, lower costs, and greater safety.

This is where Business Lifecyle Management (BLM) comes in. When BIM data is unlocked from a proprietary system, the possibilities for collaboration, streamlined processes, productivity, sustainability, quality, as well as reduced waste, risk, and cost are endless.

Building Information Management to Business Lifecycle Management

Building Information Management (BIM) is the well-established tool used to improve the flow of data through the building process, and, therefore, help to create efficiencies.

With businesses having taken advantage of both the Level 1 and Level 2 capabilities within BIM over the years, it’s time to develop and drive the construction revolution with BIM Level 3, enabled by utilizing Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and in turn unlocking the potential of BLM.  

Extended Collaboration Enabled by BIM Level 3

A major benefit to unlocking BIM Level 3 is the use of Extended Collaboration.

Extended Collaboration synchronises beneficial interactions between business leaders, suppliers, and contractors. Proactively addressing errors and omissions, reducing rework, enabling predictive process simulations to lower risk, resolving problems in real-time to significantly lower RFIs, and enhancing quality and safety are all benefits of extended collaboration.

The collaborative planning of a building’s structural, façade, electric, and interior systems can result in considerable productivity benefits over compartmentalized methods that rely on RFIs to resolve concerns, as demonstrated by innovative projects produced by industry-leading design and construction teams.

By utilizing Extended Collaboration, all stakeholders (owners, designers, contractors, suppliers) are connected through a full-spectrum collaborative workflow, allowing each discipline to contribute pertinent data in the context of the data from the other disciplines.

BIM Level 3, where emancipated data is transactable among authorized project participants during each design, construction, and operations phase, enables Extended Collaboration in design, construction, and operations.

In essence, Extended Collaboration improves project outcomes.

Extended Collaboration Explained

Based on proven manufacturing industry best practices, the following processes make up the Extended Collaboration model:

  • Digital Mock-Up: The Digital Mock-Up (DMU) method creates a model-based, data-rich representation of all the systems in a building, creating a clear manufacturing context so teams may base design decisions more effectively on the overall project.
  • Design Review: During a Design Review, parties review coordinated, in-depth BIM data on a single platform using the DMU. By using Design Review at the start of an Extended Collaboration process, the most complex systems are coordinated and continually resolved throughout. With this strategy, fewer issues need to be formally resolved through RFIs and submittals during project delivery.
  • Process Simulation: The DMU, containing the source BIM data, is linked to the project’s resources, tasks, potential challenges, and documentation during the project management phase. Project Management integrates BIM data with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to precisely track labour costs, manage acquired supplies, and accurately compare project status to the detailed plan, in addition to scheduling and site coordination.
  • Facility Management: Having a virtual building helps facility managers and owners streamline maintenance and operations. Facility management systems and BIM data are synchronised to produce a living, historical data set. The integration makes it possible to simulate scenarios for facility reuse and adjustments (moves, additions, and changes), as well as to ensure that equipment is maintained and operated for optimum energy efficiency and optimal performance. In the Facility Management stage, BLM-enabled activities frequently yield compounding, long-term advantages.

Extended Collaboration with integrated governance, traceability, electronic approvals, and version control that ensures accountability from all parties.

How can we help?

With our 3DEXPERIENCE solution, you can unlock the potential of PLM, BLM and the capabilities of Extended Collaboration to not only adapt, but also advance your manufacturing process to improve your productivity, increase the quality and value from your suppliers, reduce waste, risk, and cost and ultimately gain a competitive advantage.

Get in touch today to find out more about 3DEXPERIENCE and how you can utilise it to become an industry leader and drive the construction revolution.