BIM for AEC - Integrated Project Delivery

Learn how BIM tools can be used to support an integrated project delivery approach by exploring how to create a composite model, enable collaborative review, plan construction sequences, and communicate with different audiences.

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Integrated Project Delivery

Integrated project delivery (IPD) is an approach to delivering projects that integrates people, systems, business structures, and practices into a process that collaboratively uses the talents and insights of all participants to optimize project results. By facilitating streamlined coordination between the design disciplines and building trades, IPD maximizes value to the owner by cutting waste and improving efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction.

Model Integration and Management

The move to a BIM-centric design methodology as part of an integrated project delivery (IPD) strategy creates the need for a new responsibility and role within the organization: the model manager.

Identifying and Resolving Issues

In any large multidisciplinary project, the task of reviewing the composite design requires a mix of applying subjective judgment as well as standard tests and analysis to identify conflicts between the elements incorporated from the models integrated.

Scheduling and 4D Simulation

Project managers can create a 4D simulation of the planned construction process by linking elements in the composite model to a timeline of project tasks. 4D simulations can have many construction process planning applications; for example, validating the planned sequence are construction operations and identifying any time-based clashes.

Presenting the Project Model

 Computer visualization in project development has been proven in studies to be an effective method for developing projects and to improve cost/benefit outcomes. According to researchers, it is beneficial for two reasons:Better representation of future improvements resulting in enhanced public and political support.Early identification of adverse environmental and land impacts as well as detail design requirements resulting in fewer scope changes.