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Virtual Design & Construction

By / February 03, 2022

We tailor the tools of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) technologies to meet our clients’ specific needs and deliver a higher quality end product. VDC is a planning tool that allows our clients to assess where problems could potentially occur before construction has ever begun. The organizational tool improves the construction process throughout the project allowing for better collaboration between the team, reducing risks to cost and schedule due to rework, and enhancing your overall experience giving you the ability to visualize the end result. 

Laser Scanning 

Making inaccurate assumptions about a building structure and infrastructure are the root cause of many design, collision, and field issues that cause project delays. Laser scanning technology eliminates those assumptions and provides visual confirmation along with incredibly accurate dimensions. 

Rebar Scanning 

This is used to locate reinforcing steel in concrete or other materials prior to construction. Failure to do so can result in costly mistakes that can delay a project, while also damaging the integrity and stability of the structure.  

Drones 

Drones not only capture amazing aerial photos and videos of jobsites, but also provide big data, safety opportunities, and better management, which all lead to efficiency, saving you time and money. 

Building Information Modeling (BIM) 

BIM ensures the design and system components are integrated and coordinated properly to create a successful project and reduce future design changes. 

Virtual Reality 

For many, visualizing a 3D space based off 2D plans is challenging. Building a real-life mock-up could waste time and money when the process has to be repeated over and over the changes. Virtual reality (VR) gives our clients the ability to look around in a 3D world and visualize how a future room will look at every single. 

MEPF Coordination 

The 3D models from the design team are combined with the MEPF subcontractors’ 3D shop drawings to create one composite coordination model. With this model, we can spot clashes or design issues and solve them prior to stepping foot on the construction site. We also use BIMTrack as a communication platform, which speeds up a collaboration, increases across-the-board understanding and aligns the work of team members. 

PlanGrid 

PlanGrid is used for document control, punch lists, and issue tracking. It is a live collaboration tool that gives instant updates, such as new sheets or punch items, to all team members. It is used during job walks to assign any issue or question to anyone on the project team who will then be notified of the issue.  

TouchPlan 

TouchPlan is a virtual storyboarding tool. Key milestones are identified and tasks to meet those milestones are planned out. It allows everyone to have a full understanding and communication about what is coming up as well as what their responsibilities are. This increases accountability and helps the team find ways to improve each milestone. 

360 Panoramic Cameras 

These cameras capture images that are combined on a floor plan providing a virtual walk-through of the project. Need to go back and see what was in a wall a year or two later? Use the 360 photos to see what is in the wall before destructive investigation.  

Have an upcoming project and wondering what VDC we can use on it? Send me an email at cameron.weinbrenner@jpcullen.com and I would be happy to discuss your project with you and your team!