4D Scheduling and Resource Management

3D + Time = 4D

Preparing a good schedule is important, but if the plan is not followed, any planning work is wasted. For a successful construction project it is therefore crucial that the schedule drives the production! When you connect your 3D model to the Vico Office schedule, you get a 4D simulation of the project, also known as 4D BIM. A 4D simulation is like a timeline movie that gives a visual overview of the schedule. Read more about the Schedule Planner – Vico Office’s unique module for location-based scheduling.

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Effective communication

With a 4D simulation, you can effectively communicate complex schedules to all employees and users regardless of subject area, training background, and organizational level. Everyone has the same clear starting point to understand and discuss the building process, security risks and optimization opportunities. Therefore, a 4D simulation is a powerful tool for creating meetings as well as for meetings with builders and users.

NCC uses the Schedule Planner for planning and monitoring

mads-ncc”Very precise clear view of the schedule as well as the locations. The schedule and forecast also work very well as a management tool.”

– Mads Hedegaard Lundgren, VDC-Coordinator, Building Architect, Process- and Production Development, VDC NCC A/S

Resource Management

4D simulation provides a clear overview of resources, including quantities and staff by location (also known as cycle programming). You can customize and control resources to ensure a smooth cast and flow on the construction site. You can quickly see how delays affect production and what decisions you need to make to resolve any unforeseen issues. For more information about the location-based planning principle, see the Vico Office or the LBS Manager (Vico Office Location Division Module).

Health and Safety Plan (PSS)

4D simulation is also a powerful tool for assessing the security risks of the building in your PSS report. Here, the 4D simulation shows the entire construction process from start to finish. It gives you a clear picture of where and when exactly high-risk work takes place, and where cranes, equipment, escape routes etc. are located.

This planning method is the only correct one

ask“Enemærke & Petersen A/S renovates 57 blocks of flats in the Vapnagaard building in Helsingør. It is a construction project that is considered one of the biggest renovation projects in Denmark. A project with this character requires a good flow and a stable cast to ensure good quality and good economy. I do not think that I could create the same overview without location-based planning. The planning method is, in my opinion, the only one that creates an overview and flow in building production.”

– Ask Hesselager, Process Manager, Enemærke & Petersen A/S

Purchase Planning

In the 4D simulation, time and quantities are divided into locations, making purchasing planning a breeze. It is crucial that the right materials are delivered on time. There must be resources to receive the materials and suitable storage locations to prevent them from being damaged. All this can be ensured with Vico Office! Here, the purchase schedule is automatically adjusted when the schedule is updated.

Look for Gaps in your Gantt Schedule

We’ve developed an Excel-based testing tool that lets you easily try location-based scheduling. You enter data from your Gantt schedule (such as MS Project) and turn your Gantt schedule with one click  into a cyclogram (Location-Based Scheduling). Then you have the option to read from the cyclogram, if there is a way to optimize your schedule.

Are there, for example, construction sites that are empty for several days (large line spacing)? Or there are crowded areas of the construction site where workers are sitting on the back of their necks waiting for their turn (intersecting lines).

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It provides an easier everyday life

danni-egil-rasmussen“I really see big benefits in being able to optimize our schedules and get a better flow in the project. We get a better idea of ​​where empty sites are that can be exploited. We can better find the collisions in the schedule and avoid them through planning. This makes everyday life easier for us, because we do not have to stop suddenly because something collides.”

Danni Birkenfeldt, Project Management, Constructing Architect, Egil Rasmussen A/S, Taulov

Save forecasts

If you change your schedule by updating “Actual Work”, the production progress and a forecast of the remaining work are automatically calculated. The forecast is based on the actual work compared to the planned resources and the remaining workload. This gives a clear and explicit overview of the project development.

Do you want complete control over the progress of your project, including resources and procurement? Then this is the solution for you!

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