Technology today enables modeling capabilities that provide invaluable insight into a project well before ground is broken. From 3D modeling to virtual planning incorporating additional dimensions (schedule and cost), McGough employs the latest tools to help visualize, estimate cost, evaluate risk and coordinate logistics at any point throughout the life of a project.
Beginning with programing and design, and continuing throughout construction, virtual planning — also referred to as Building Information Modeling (BIM) — creates a digital environment where the complex physical and functional characteristics of a building are documented, analyzed, interactively refined, and permanently stored by the project team.
McGough has extensive in-house virtual planning expertise and a team of dedicated specialists that create cost savings and better project outcomes for our clients through the application of virtual planning tools – whether optimizing self-perform work or facilitating collaboration with architects and engineers. Our uses of virtual planning also include:
Throughout the bidding process virtual and dimensional models help illustrate the scope of work and reduce ambiguity and cost contingencies in subcontractor bidding. Dynamic cost and quantity data can be associated with each component resulting in a model and detailed cost schedule that can be quickly and accurately scaled or modified.
BIM software provides invaluable insight by generating precise representations of building components and fabrication along with timely ordering and logistics information linked to critical activities throughout the project.
3D objects and scheduling are combined to create 4D simulations that provide deeper insight to subcontractors for just in time delivery.
BIM coordinates contract documents and shop drawings to identify and resolve conflicts in advance of construction. Identifying interference issues early on enables implementing modifications at a time when changes are far less costly to make.
Project correspondence, technical data, O&M records, 3D objects, source documents and manufacturer links are readily available to project teams for highly efficient communication and collaboration.
Education and collaboration with owners on how virtual planning can be best utilized for facility management, including tying O&M manuals and work orders to a 3D model, is an integral part of ensuring proper project handoff.