5D – The next step in the Revolution in of Construction. Paper and ink plans are 2D, CAD provides 3D, time is the 4th dimension and by attaching a schedule to each 3D object it becomes 4D. Adding financial cost data (estimated, contracted, budgeted, and actual) makes a 5D process. 5D is also a project delivery process for all phases of the construction process, virtually eliminating the need for duplication in effort, thereby drastically reducing cost and risk from the very beginning. With a 5D process potential design or construction issues can be identified early, before they become costly. A 5D platform enables an organization and their extended teams to transform their traditional methods for project delivery, over a planned period of time, into use of the BIM and VDC for enhanced abilities that create efficiencies to the project delivery process. This process has been coined as 5D project delivery as it uses the 3D intelligent data from the design processes to benefit the downstream estimating, scheduling, contract – cost – project – change – earned value management, and controlling requirements of your projects. Ultimately providing the owner organization with the ability to create and control sustainable value and operational efficiencies of the commissioned asset. From workflow and collaboration, capital planning to facilities maintenance, desktop – cloud – mobility device capabilities, the 5D software is a next generation standard for project delivery.
Building Information Modeling – BIM combines intelligent data performance with digital building models, comprising of data based on industry-defined standards. BIM utilization begins in the early stages of conceptual design, to construction, continuing to facility maintenance and management as a means of visualization and platform for decision-making. BIM deduces the process of design, construction, and maintenance into one comprehensive model source as opposed to having multiple drawings, models, and data. While still maintaining the physicality and functionality of the data, BIM allows its user to create simulations to calculate options and facilitate the decision-making process. As a result, the comprehensive characteristic of BIM also allows for collaboration between all parties involved in a project with lesser environmental impact to the industry. The properties of each object are used to create intelligent or model based relationships to facilitate re-sizing or capacity changes while maintaining engineering and industry standards. The object properties are often expanded to include information to support estimating, scheduling, and construction engineering of processes that parallel or follow the design development process. BIM can also be used for planning and preliminary stages for providing stakeholders with visual and virtual abilities so that they can better understand how to make improvements to resulting asset and/or to affect construction economics with more cost effective system selection. BIM standards and practices are important aspects of having a BIM enabled project or a BIM enabled organization. The more practices and standards are enriched within the owner organization the more effective and beneficial the BIM data can be used for all phases of the planning and design (See Level of Definition standards). Furthermore, well established BIM standards enable the effective means to utilize software technology (see 5D) for project delivery roles by other project team professionals.
Enterprise Resource Planning – A cross functional system designed to provide real-time information on all aspects of a companies’ financial resources.
5D Construction ERP
5D Construction ERP – Similar to an ERP except that it provides the design and construction engineering functions during the capital planning and project delivery to support the business operations ERP.