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How 4D Planning & BIM Helps You?

4D Planning augments the traditional 2D Gantt Charts and Critical Paths tools used by Planners into sequenced events depicted and played out on a 3D model. These sequences enable our clients to see at a glance planned vs actual progress as well as providing the ability explore possible scenarios and task sequencing options in optimising construction before it begins to give the best possible outcome.

The use of 4D also allows for improved collaboration and open project implementation as well as partnering with suppliers, consultants and different trade contractors to eliminate waste and therefore increasing real value for our clients.

4D Planning is a key part of the industry wide push towards an integrated BIM framework aligning information/data and coordinating activities to save time, money while reducing communication errors and potentially costly mistakes in build.

BIM is fast becoming best practice for large scale construction project, with the UK Government putting a target of 2016 for any government funded construction project over £50m to meet Level 2 criteria. (More information about the level criteria can be found on the NBS website and the UK’s BIM Taskforce Group)

Visual planning (4D) is a real game changer, no matter what the size of project, allowing different stakeholders whether they be internal departments, external consultants, residents and politicians or site contractors and suppliers. 4D allows them all to see and understand progress, work streams and possible issues arising in a fully transparent and open way.

Metisplan combines existing industry standard planning software with Autodesk’s Navisworks for its 4D planning which in turns seamlessly integrate with various 3D modelling CAD software, such as Revit and AutoCAD.

If you would like to find out more about the future of 4D in AEC projects and how it can be integrated into your project contact Metisplan.

You can also download a brief paper on ‘Why Choose Metisplan 4D?’

Benefits of 4D Planning:

  • 3D Visualisation of Planned Works vs Actual Progress
  • Instant Visual Understanding from Ground Level to Board
  • Check Time and Space Coordination
  • Timely Fault Prediction
  • Removes clashes between construction and MEP works
  • Simulation and Task Sequencing Options
  • Scenario Planning
  • Removes the need to “change on site”
  • Increased Productivity and Efficiency – “less changed orders”
  • Shorter Construction Times
  • Greener Build – “less waste, less resources”
  • Better Resource Management
  • Reduced Risk and Improved Health & Safety on Site
  • Critical Path Analysis
  • Leveraging of Profits for Clients through Savings