LiRo VDC Open House, September 29th, 2016

Our Open House was quite a success yesterday! The LiRo VDC team had a great time catching up with our partners, clients and fellow members at WeWork City Hall. We got to share some of our work and cutting-edge technology, plus learn a bit more about the fantastic work others in our network are doing. 

The LiRo VDC team set up in individual "stations" to showcase how we are pushing the BIM boundaries as we strive for AECO best practices. Specifically, these stations comprised of informal/interactive presentations on Model Authoring; Clash Detection and Coordination; Revit Automation; 4D Sequencing, Scheduling and Tracking; Reality Capture; BIM in Virtual Reality; and BIM for Facilities Management. 

We were especially thrilled that our partners at Synchro Software could join us to demonstrate their latest developments in bringing 3D and 4D models into the extremely awesome Microsoft HoloLens. What an incredible experience it was for us and our clients to see our projects in mixed reality! 

Until the next event, which will hopefully be soon, here are a few photos. Thanks very much to everyone who came last night! 




We have a book!

"Implementing Virtual Design and Construction Using Bim: Current and Future Practices" is available at our publisher's website, Routledge, and also 

Implementing Virtual Design and Construction using BIM outlines the team structure, software and production ecosystem needed for an effective Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) process through current real world case studies of projects both in development and under construction. It provides the reader with a better understanding of the successful implementation of VDC and Building Information Modeling (BIM), and the benefits to the project team throughout the design and construction process. For readers already familiar with VDC, the book will provide invaluable examples of best practices and real world solutions.


Richly illustrated in color with actual VDC documentation, visualizations, and statistics, the reader is shown the real processes undertaken and outputs generated when working on high profile building information models. Online animations, interviews with practitioners, and downloadable templates, forms and files make this an interactive and highly engaging way to learn a crucial set of skills.


While keeping up with current industry practice is a minimum requirement, this book goes further by helping you prepare for the next level of virtual design and construction. This is essential reading for project managers, construction managers, architects, design managers, and anybody with a role in BIM or virtual construction.

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The State of Infrastructure in America, and How BIM and VDC can Help Save it.

By Cheryle Cranbourne

As conversations on US Infrastructure segue from how bad is it ("poor"), and what will happen if we fail to act (trillions in shortfall), to where the budget will come from (it's in the works), we should talk about how these massive improvements will take place. Obviously, the large variety of facilities and infrastructure assets vary as much as their needs do, but on a broader scale, moving forward would require an approach that goes beyond band-aid fixes and mending potholes.   

There is a tremendous opportunity to use technology as a way forward for more innovative and sustainable practices as far as procuring, developing and maintaining infrastructure and facilities. The world is recognizing a new era for the construction industry -- arguably the last bastion of paper-based work practices to take on digitization. Other countries' governments recognize Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) methodologies as critical technology and practices for smarter building. The US should also be pushing this innovation, and focusing on best practices in construction. This is not only necessary for the health of our built environment, but not doing so would inevitably stall our economy literally and figuratively.  

As cities continue to grow and expand, so will infrastructure development. Handling this expansion and maintenance will depend heavily on their virtual counterparts. Big data, cloud computing analytics, sensors, internet of things – buzz words we've all been hearing about and use across other industries – will affect the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry in paramount ways. Utilizing such technology towards the betterment of America's infrastructure and facilities is a crucial step forward.  Some examples include:    

  • Laser scanners are increasingly more cost-efficient and can survey existing projects very efficiently and accurately. These point clouds can be ported into modeling software for data-rich 3D models. 
  • Software can model highways, bridges, work-sites, neighborhoods, even the pipes and systems that live under roads. This data can live on in perpetuity, and be accessed from a multitude of devices, so project teams can collaborate more effectively and make better informed decisions.  
  • Drones and other robots can inspect bridges and tunnels while pin-pointing potential cracks and other issues by using sensors and photogrammetry tools quickly and safely.  
  • Local integrated sensors monitoring activity such as tensile strength, sound, or movement, can keep real-time tabs on the health of our infrastructure and facility assets. 
  • Clash-detection software helps VDC specialists to locate issues in the virtual project model ahead of actual construction. These include clashes between architecture, structure and MEP systems, and clearance problems. The ability to resolve project issues before they are problems in the field is perhaps the most immediate ROI on BIM, in addition to improved collaboration, visualization and analysis.    
  • Schedule integration with BIM involves linking time-based information with Building Information Models so projects can be showcased over time. Having a better understanding of the how and when projects will unfold enables engineers to cut out time-wasting processes, and better understand how real-time changes will affect the subsequent construction of the project.     
  • BIM-driven Tracking and Reporting keeps track of construction site assets (materials, people, and equipment) and can help project efficiency and safety tremendously. 
  • Project delivery models for infrastructure could include detailed information, such as precise asset locations, installation information, materials and warranty details that will help operate these infrastructure for the purposes of preventative maintenance, as well as fast reactive fixes and replacements. With BIM this is possible.  

The potential benefits of using such technology in infrastructure projects are immense. Virtual design and construction provides higher accuracy, less waste, and the potential to deliver more services in less time than traditional construction processes.  BIM-data rich models can be utilized from design through construction, operations, and decommissioning, and since infrastructure projects are around for the very long term, there are continual returns plus more value in implementing BIM from the very beginning. The more information we have about our infrastructure, the more effectively we can maintain our assets and be proactive in their maintenance.  

BIM and VDC have already proven successful in building and isolated infrastructure projects. The UK recognizes its potential, and is mandating that all government-backed projects, regardless of scale, utilize BIM from design through construction and operations starting in 2016. The fact that other progressive governments and large-scale institutions have embraced BIM to better manage large asset portfolios within tight budgets, suggests its value.   

It’s time the US, a leader in technology in almost every other respect, does the same.