Knowledge-based BIM is to Construction what Moneyball is to Major League Baseball

As we discussed in the last blog post, Moneyball (the book and movie) showed how Billy Beane used Sabermetrics to transform the subpar Oakland A’s into a Playoff contender (1). Sabermetrics has been called “the search for objective knowledge about baseball.” Sabermetrics basically just applies the Scientific Method to baseball statistics in order to gain knowledge about player metrics that best predict team wins. By trying out different metric combinations, making predictions, looking at game results compared to his predictions and making adjustments, Beane got the “objective knowledge” he needed. The results were undeniable. Some of us are old enough to remember when Construction Management (CM) was the big thing in construction. Then Partnering, Value Engineering, and Total Quality Management (TQM) […]

Cut Waste, Cut Costs


Proponents of Building Information Modelling (BIM) see reduction of waste as being among the key benefits from using BIM systems. Waste reduction, they say, can occur throughout the life cycle of a building-from initial design conception to de-commissioning and demolition. BIM can cut waste significantly in the design and construction phases and thus lower the biggest single hurdle for many construction projects: capital cost. Design typically accounts for around 10 per cent and construction for around 90 per cent of the capital cost of a project. “So even a two to three per cent improvement in productivity on the construction side is very significant in real dollars,” points out Klaas Rodenberg, chief executive officer of the new Alberta Centre of […]

ArchiCAD Insights: The New Heroes in the Building Industry


Today’s newest construction industry heroes are a group of individuals that may total less than a few hundred now, but their numbers will grow dramatically. We call this new breed of building professional the construction modeler. The construction modeler fulfils an entirely new role in the construction process — creating 3D building models that are accurate for construction purposes. So why is this important? Money! According to our estimates, this new profession promises to remove 2-3% from the cost of every building project and generate further savings by reducing project schedules. How? The efficiencies will be gained through constructability analysis, faster and more accurate estimates, sequence and procurement optimization and improved data flow to fabrication. A New Profession Construction modelers […]

Knowledge and reasoning for MEP coordination


This is your new blog post. Click here and start typing, or drag in elements from the top bar. The coordination of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems is a major challenge for complex buildings and industrial plants. The process involves locating equipment and routing connecting elements for each building system. This multidiscipline effort is time-consuming and expensive and requires knowledge regarding each system over the project life cycle. Current practice requires representatives from each MEP trade to work together to identify and resolve interferences. Effective MEP coordination requires recalling and integrating knowledge regarding design, construction, operations, and maintenance of each MEP system.

Buckling Up Risks


The construction community and its insurers should embrace 3D modeling to further reduce risk on complex projects Commentary by Richard H. Lowe Picture The argument in favor of using virtual 3D modeling as a way to reduce risk for the construction community seems as simple as the reasons to use seat belts. When seat belts became popular in the 1960s, insurance companies offered discounts to encourage their use to reduce the cost of losses in a crash. Today, a similar technological leap presents itself in the construction arena. With the advent of 3D modeling and virtual “clash detection,” the project team can catch potential conflicts sooner and cheaper, with more cooperation from subcontractors. A 3D model offers more specific design […]