Technology is changing the way we do business. The use of technology has moved far beyond enhancing basic communications and data sharing to the point of real-time collaboration and workflow enhancement. It is changing the landscape of entire industries and there is no greater example than the sweeping changes happening in commercial construction. In recent years, we have seen enormous shifts in the adoption of new technologies as solutions are introduced to streamline processes, drive efficiencies, and elevate teamwork. As more firms embrace the Design-Build concept, technology adoption is no longer just for innovators, but mainstream.
Although many in the industry avoid discussing it, economics drive the industry. Can the project be completed within the desired budget and timeframe without sacrificing quality or the vision of the design itself? It’s a balancing act, to say the least.
“The industry is experiencing an attitudinal shift toward the use of technology as we see how increased collaboration erases pre-existing silos prevalent in the industry,” states Tim Kelly, BIM Manager at Satterfield & Pontikes Construction. “The sharing of information earlier in the process is creating a more transparent environment that benefits all parties involved.”
The success of any construction project rests in the teams’ ability to juggle vision, costs, timeframe and owner’s budget. Once the project has begun, changes can adversely affect everyone on the project team. It only makes sense that technology applied to model variance can significantly increase our ability to achieve successful outcomes.
“We integrated Assemble into our workflows, enabling project teams to quickly and more accurately quantify and visualize the impact of model variances. This enhanced information flow and communication means our project teams can make better decisions, faster,” according to Kelly. “Design-build teams can now communicate and collaborate on projects like never before.”
Variance analysis provides great insight on the estimate, scope creep, and changes to system types and quantities. This exchange of information allows for a unified approach, making it easier to make educated decisions that keep the projects moving forward.
By breaking down silos and enhancing teamwork, technology is improving the relationship between owner, designer, GC, and subs. From pre-construction to post-construction, the design-build team can monitor all phases of the project. Technology that raises awareness of model variance and quantifies changes is central to the process. Assemble provides just that – the right process, the right efficiencies, the right solution.