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Why the industry needs the constructible process

According to the Construction Intelligence Center (CIC) “The global construction output is forecast to rise to US $12.7 trillion by 2022, up from US $10.7 trillion in 2017.” That’s massive growth. But how will you handle it?
Put the Constructible Process to work for you.

As digital transformation impacts the construction industry, many firms are looking for ways to prepare for the future and stay up to date with the latest trends.

With a Constructible Process, innovators are building beyond BIM because they’re empowered with three key constructs:

  • All phases and professions are Connected
  • Models and Workflows are Content-Enabled
  • Constructible models drive smarter workflows

Moving beyond BIM using these three C’s can optimize the entire construction lifecycle.

Why Being Connected is Essential for On-Time Completion
By liberating data and breaking down silos across projects, coordination and product management is improved across every touchpoint. This enhances efficiencies throughout the building process—from bidding and estimating to ordering, erecting and installing. Ultimately, working from a universal platform increases interoperability across people, phases, and processes worldwide.

Building Beyond BIM through Content-Enablement

To begin, BIM content consists of a 3D representation enriched with actionable information, including things like pricing, sourcing, performance, and installation.

Content becomes constructible when it consists of this technical information (or the “I” in BIM) and adds geometric parameters that form the external characteristics of a product.”

This means that the models are so precise, your virtual design is an exact replica or digital twin of the final physical building.

Managed Content Simplifies Construction

Manufacturers’ components are constantly changing, so content libraries need consistent updates to be fully maintained. A Managed Content provider makes those updates for you automatically.

Because you’re using 3D content from the manufacturer building data, you know you’re working with real-world components. This constructible content can then be used to create accurate and efficient:

  • Prefabrication Sets
  • BOM (Bill of Material) Lists
  • Ordering Lists
  • Calculations for MEP Systems

Why Constructible Models Matter

Constructible BIM models are more than accurate visualizations. They provide precise geometries and the insights required to build right. Projects benefit from better coordination and fewer errors discovered during physical construction.

  • Although the construction industry’s productivity has trailed that of other sectors for decades, there is a $1.6 trillion opportunity to close the gap using new technology and processes (McKinsey Report: Reinventing Construction, 2017).
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry is set to add nearly 800,000 jobs by 2024 — an increase well over the average for other occupations. This is great news for the future of the industry, but only as long as there is enough upcoming talent to account for this influx.

As these future trends continue to lead towards true constructibility, it will be increasingly more important for stakeholders to have a shared vision and invest in new technology. This means realizing opportunities to close the productivity gap and doing our part to educate future talent, today.