C+S April 2022 Vol. 8 Issue 4 (web)

Being awarded the next big job can be a time for celebration or can keep you up at night worrying. Whether you're a contractor, working on a lump sum bid, or managing unit price contracts, understanding the unit quantities for all volumes, lengths, areas, and counts is the cornerstone of winning profitable work and avoiding a costly project. Then comes the hard part of allocating resources (financial and human capital) and creating a detailed plan before breaking ground. Common points of project failure and overruns include: • Design complexity. • Unforeseen design changes and revisions. • Complexity of the terrain and underlying strata. • Availability of resources (men and machines). • Data and equipment management. • Documentation of progress. • Training and skills development of the workforce. Technology can help minimize a number of these risks by adopting the Advanced Digital Construction Management processes. What is Advanced Digital Construction Management (ADCM)? ADCM is a set of technologies used to help minimise project risks and provide transparency of project progress throughout the construc- tion life cycle. It’s about placing digital technologies in the hands of construction stakeholders to help: Getting Site Preparation & Mobilization Right for Advanced Digital Construction Management By Matt Desmond

The Building Blocks of Advanced Digital Construction Man- agement Success? Every project is unique and requires different elements of advanced digital construction management. Here are eight areas proven to determine project success. 1. Construction Design By understanding your design and its complexity, you can make in - formed decisions and adopt the best approach to complete the project. Missing or incomplete information can be a cause for concern. Using accurate positioning technology to capture or validate existing condi - tions helps prevent costly delays and incorrect bids. 2. Revisions And Change Requests Whether it’s design updates, change requests or scope adjustments, revisions are a common occurrence. Through adequate planning you can reduce unnecessary trips to a job site when changes can be affected remotely in real time and shared with all necessary stakeholders. 3. Back-up (IT, data, technical, components) Challenges are inevitable on every site and that’s why you need back- up when things don’t go as planned. Support can range from simple plans such as user-guides and spare components to complex methods such as cloud enabled data recovery. 4. Terrain It’s everyone’s wish to have a flat, balanced, accessible location, without rock and with dependable network and satellite coverage. But that’s rarely the case. Job sites can be in hard-to-access areas with challenging ground condi - tions, or in limited locations with no internet access or GNSS avail - ability. The key: avoid and prepare for those challenges before they become time-consuming and costly. 5. Construction Resources With today’s rising material costs, supply chain constraints, and low unemployment, it’s harder than ever to assemble the required construc - tion resources to get the job done. Easy-to-use software solutions can help speed up estimates and planning of construction materials. 6. Data Management There’s no need to collect data if you’re not putting it to good use. The magic happens when data is turned into insights that result in informed decisions to ultimately increase productivity, save costs, ensure safety on-site, and the quality of the job. 7. As-Built Information Many projects carried out do not match those initially planned, some due to implementation issues or challenges encountered during the construction phase. Thus, it is inevitable that the tool you use should provide real-time and accurate information on the project’s progress versus the milestones agreed before breaking ground.

• Boost productivity. • Manage complexity. • Reduce project delays and cost overruns. • Enhance safety and quality.

ADCM is highlighted as a key component in the U.S. Infrastructure Bill (section 13006) signed into law in 2021. The aim is to fast-track the adoption of technology throughout the construction lifecycle. To quote the bill, one of the goals of ADCM is: “More timely and productive information-sharing among stakeholders through reduced reliance on paper to manage construction processes and deliverables…”


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