Module 9 - Points to Ponder

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Daniel Diaz Salgado
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Module 9 - Points to Ponder

4D simulations are often used to show the construction sequence for an entire project, but shorter simulations that focus on a specific period of time are also useful.

  • Can you provide examples of how a simulation that focuses on a 1 or 2 week period could be useful for planning?

In big cities; it is essential to try to control the traffic while you do some of the construction operations that involve any alteration to the traffic flow of a street. Due to this, it is expected that the major works are done during the night—for example, the mounting of beams for bridges. 4D simulations would help a lot in this process, and the city construction planners would take advantage of this technology.

What level of detail should be included in a 4D simulation?

  • Should you include all of the elements in the building model?

The level of detail should be defined based on the process and the needs for the project. There should be some processes with different level of detail due to their specific complexity.

How can model-based quantity takeoff improve the design process?

How can designers improve their designs using the information provided by preliminary estimates of the cost of building their design ideas?

Quantity takeoff in preliminary stages would help designers to make the project cheaper allowing the proposal being more attractive for the client. Another advantage is to try to foresee an estimate of the total weight of the structure for design purposes.