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(PS-2001) Leveraging BIM for Project Planning, Scheduling and Controls

Primary Author: Mr Abhimanyu Basu PE

Audience Focus: Intermediate
Application Type: Application
Venue: 2015 AACE International Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Abstract: Building Information Modeling (BIM), where a structure is digitally represented by a three dimensional (3D) model is increasingly used during design and construction of building projects. The emphasis has been on ‘Clash Free Design’ and ‘Zero Change Order’ coordination in the construction phase. This paper will show how to extend the uses of BIM beyond the low-hanging fruits and leverage the information to enhance planning, scheduling and project controls during the construction and commissioning phases of a project.

The location and room data in the BIM model are exported and combined with Architectural and Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) schedules to provide visual planning and communication aids and spreadsheets for quantitative tracking of progress. The data is organized and used to plan and sequence construction work zones, confirm schedule durations, identify just in time delivery options, define and manage commissioning zones and report progress. This paper provides an overview of how the data is gathered from various sources, processed and attached to the model and schedule to provide the project control functionalities discussed above.