Dansk Boligbyg A/S Plans with New Technology

The construction engineer at Dansk Boligbyg, Sebastian Busk Andersen, is currently working on a large construction project in Christiansbjerg, Aarhus, called “Nabolaget” (engl. the neighborhood). To plan the project, he used the Vico Schedule Planner program to plan in a new way but had problems implementing the method.

A new time for the construction industry

The construction industry is very traditional, and you do what you are used to. But that no longer fits into a society that has become extremely digital. This is something that helps building-designers who are interested in new technologies – such as Sebastian – to change.

On a construction site, many things happen, for example who is where and when. It’s not always easy to figure out if you have a clear plan for it. This is e.g. one reason why Sebastian uses the Vico Schedule Planner instead of the traditional Gantt plans, as this provides a clearer plan.

With the Vico Schedule Planner you not only plan when you work, but also where. In this way, there is not suddenly a craftsman and an electrician in the same room, while nobody is on another floor.

New methods challenge “creatures of habit”

The new generation of the construction industry learns a lot more about digital tools at the school desk than before. When Sebastian got to know the Vico Schedule Planner, he was immediately satisfied with the better overview of the planning. His current project “Nabolaget” is the first project in which he uses the Schedule Planner and, despite good preparation, has unfortunately encountered problems.

People who have grown up in the industry may have difficulties with the new digital tools, even if they do not like to admit them – and Sebastian saw that. When Sebastian presented his plan to the experienced subcontractors and craftsmen in the Vico Schedule Planner, they said they understood everything. But when the construction started, Sebastian quickly realized that they had not understood him completely.

“At the beginning of the project, I just felt like everything was flowing. Everybody understood it, and I thought, “this is really something”. Then I started to stay with them for a while and found that they did not at all understand it. But it took a long time for us to get there, since at first they would rather not admit that they did not understand these new methods.”

I think it would be a good idea to send people from the industry to classes where you can learn more about the new digital tools.

Sebastian Busk Andersen

Found his own way

“When I found out that the subcontractors did not understand the program, I had to let Vico Schedule Planner go and it hurt because it’s a good program. But I had to do it because there was no time to integrate it properly while teaching the others the method, “says Sebastian.

However, Sebastian did not completely abandon the Schedule Planner because he found his own ways to apply the principles. Instead of creating a timeline for cyclograms in the Vico Schedule Planner, Sebastian has created his own schedule in Excel using the same principles. It took extra work, but it was necessary to be able to communicate properly.

“Although I could not fully integrate the Schedule Planner, the Schedule Planner still had a major impact on the construction process we are currently doing, as the entire schedule is planned in the program,” says Sebastian.

The Schedule Planner has a future

Although the experienced part of the construction industry may have difficulty understanding and is skeptical of digital programs, Sebastian still believes that, for example, the Vico Schedule Planner will be used more in the future. It provides a better overview and the ability to integrate 3D models, so you can easily see where the problems are.

“I think it would be a good idea to send people from the industry to classes where they can learn more about the new digital tools. In this way, we can work better together across experience levels and understand each other. It also optimizes the projects because digital tools are a great help”, says Sebastian.

Sebastian also believes that it will be normal at some point to plan building processes in planning programs that integrate 3D. However, he believes that many more years will pass before the entire industry is convinced. Of course, for the future, it is also important to maintain the positive mood in the industry with regard to new digital programs, so there is no group that sits and brakes and says, “we do not usually do that”.

Postet by Clea Brosø, 14 years old

The 14-year-old Clea Brosø, who wants to become a journalist, has been working at Exigo for a month in connection with an elective in her 8th grade. She was assigned to tell the story of Dansk Boligbyg’s use of the Vico Schedule Planner program.

She found a nice and very relevant angle in the story. The implementation of new technologies in a traditional industry is not always without challenges.