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The Power of Digital Engineering
How to Improve Your Next Facility Construction Project
It’s Time for Better Facility Construction
Old-school facility build management won’t cut it anymore. Whether it’s a build that comes in late, cost overruns, bad or missing facility information, or finding out the crew built something plain wrong, you can’t afford to waste time and resources.
That’s why smart, efficient project managers take advantage of digital engineering technology and techniques to finish builds on-time and on-budget – and maximize the usefulness of a facility for as long as it exists.
Defining Digital Engineering
Every step of the way through the lifecycle of a build, each team member needs to have the same data. Digital engineering, put simply, is smart engineering using the best digital tools available to make projects efficient and cost-effective. This means three key components:
- 3D Models – During a build, the best way for engineers to check construction against design files is to create a 3D scan of the facility in progress.
- Point Clouds – Point clouds communicate information from a physical model to engineers so they can compare the building information model (BIM) to what’s being built.
- Digital Twins – When properly updated, BIM models and point clouds function as a digital twin – an accurate representation of a facility which allows remote management.
Facility Construction Challenges Every Engineer Faces
Point Clouds and Large BIM Files
Point clouds and BIM models representing complex 3D scans can be large. Nevertheless, this data needs to be shared with engineers and updated often during a build. Traditionally this has meant physically mailing hard drives, introducing time delays and risk.
Even after the initial point cloud is received, updates could be tricky. If a new drive is sent, that’s more time and more risk. If surveyors communicate manual changes, the potential for error is high.
A better solution is to upload BIM data to a shared interface in the cloud.
Remote Management and Quality Control
During a build, engineers need to keep tabs on progress, and contractors need to communicate issues quickly. Sometimes, design specs need to change on the fly, and surveys need to reflect these changes. For example, if contractors discover a natural barrier to a planned pipe run, what can they do?
In the past, they would have to improvise, which could have design implications later. Engineers need to be able to properly make changes when new information is encountered in the field.
Collaboration and Communication
One of the major problems in any facility’s lifecycle is communication and documentation. In many facilities, crucial data like maintenance records and inventory are kept in crude spreadsheets, physical paper, or even simply in the memories of long-time employees. This data is hard to access, often out of date, and vulnerable to loss if an employee leaves. Keeping documentation and records in a central location, connected to design schematics is crucial.
How JP Global Digital Can Help
Centralize Modeling Data
JP Interactive Viewer makes up-to-date point cloud and 3D model data available to every member of your team. Now, instead of mailing hard drives or painstakingly communicating changes over the phone or email, surveyors can simply upload data to a shared interface in the cloud. Engineers can immediately access this data, compare the BIM model to designs, and create a digital twin. Surveyors can make updates in the same interface, and discrepancies can be pointed out by the software in real time.
Eliminate Guess Work
Construction crews and on-site managers no longer need to improvise when obstacles are faced. With a central interface and good communication, construction only needs to halt long enough for engineers to make the right change. Contractors can access the changed design immediately, surveyors can update the point cloud in the interface, and engineers can reconcile the physical changes with the new design. JP Interactive Viewer is designed to make this kind of collaboration and agility available in the cloud at all times.
Keep Accurate Records
JP Interactive Viewer keeps all critical documentation in one place, accessible by every team member with clearance, and connected to facility assets represented in the digital twin. So, there’s no need to dig through old file cabinets hoping to find the right records. Now, just navigate to the equipment in question and find out everything you need to know with a simple click.
Efficient Project Management
Facility construction can be complicated. Inefficiencies such as duplicate data, bad communication, or inaccurate models can make projects even more time consuming and expensive.
JP Interactive Viewer brings together all crucial players in a facility build by putting every piece of information in one place, remotely accessible via the cloud.
Facilities changes, BIM models, point clouds, as-is documentation, operational data, operational and business KPIs, maintenance and inspection plans – everything engineers and contractors need to keep a construction project on time and on budget, and everything owners need to keep a facility operating smoothly for the duration of its life.
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If you’re ready to implement an interactive solution that puts your facility build squarely into the modern age and makes your life easier, contact JP Global Digital today.