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We sat down with Helio Monteiro, Director of VDC at Venture General Contracting and spoke to him about digital construction strategies at Venture, testing and adopting new software for site utilization planning. While discussing cmBuilder, he explained how the platform brings about a different approach to their workflow and can also help tackle site logistics, safety and traffic control in the various phases of planning, with increased collaboration with the project teams.
With the entire web engine and layout of cmBuilder’s Site Plan designed and constantly developed in-house, the push for innovation is met with a resounding web-based software package that resolves previous preconstruction woes. This in-house research and development keep operational and running costs low, translating into low-cost packages for general contractors and project stakeholders. The absence of any third-party licensing also speaks to the timely development cycles that users can expect whilst navigating the interface.
As construction teams have evolved with the advancement in technology, so has the way in which they communicate their process and plans, while sharing them with project stakeholders. Markups have evolved from being handmade markings on physical drawings to 2D digital paper to now web-based 2D/3D/4D interactive views. Here's what the future of markups looks like.
ETRO Construction uses cmBuilder in proposals to easily show the challenges or issues via a 4D site logistics simulation. What would otherwise have taken them 3 or more days to create on other BIM/simulation software now takes them 3 hours to create on cmBuilder and also shows their prospective client the level of detail and thought they’ve given to the specific project.
Here is a glimpse of what Nikan Samimi, Director, Business Development and Strategy, CadMakers, will be speaking about at the 6th annual Advancing Preconstruction 2021 conference! Also, drop by at our booth to chat with Bradley Swartz, and learn more about accessible 4D site simulations on cmBuilder.io, from August 30 to September 1 in Dallas, TX!
CadMakers today announced that cmBuilder.io, the digital site planning and simulation platform built by CadMakers, has now been used to simulate over 700 projects from across the globe since being launched on September 15th, 2020. Preconstruction teams are increasingly transforming their processes in the pursuit phase or early project planning to reduce risk, optimize temporary resources and provide enhanced visualization in a short time period using the core simulation engine of cmBuilder. The ability to rapidly run various scenarios (1 crane vs 2 crane, different site access points, etc.) and share live links with project stakeholders via the cloud database, makes cmBuilder easy to implement, use and collaborate.
Catch Nikan Samimi, Director, Business Development and Strategy, CadMakers, speaking at the 6th annual Advancing Preconstruction 2021 conference later this month! Also, drop by at our booth to chat with Bradley Swartz, and learn more about accessible 4D site simulations on cmBuilder.io, from August 30 to September 1 in Dallas, TX!
Our CEO, Javier Glatt's thoughts on why we are building cmBuilder.io and looking into the future of the construction industry.
Before cmBuilder, it had been quite the challenge for construction planners to perform quick, real-time scenario analyses for the excavation phase, as much of the information provided by the design team pertaining to geotechnical was done in 2D only, which caused a mix of 2D and 3D design information to draw from. With this first release of the excavation feature set, cmBuilder makes it easy to rapidly model, simulate and quantify the bulk and detailed excavation phase with the ability to perform "cut" operations and link excavation phases to milestone dates.
Haycon Inc uses cmBuilder.io to reduce site logistics planning cycles to less than half a day and finds a scalable, low-effort, and high-value web-based solution to get a more accurate overall view of their construction planning with regards to moving around the site, placing large equipment, getting things delivered up into the building efficiently and safely.
Smith Bros. & Wilson (BC) Ltd. (SBW) uses the Digital Construction Twin solution offered by CadMakers as a proactive tool to help identify and mitigate project risks while allowing for effective project team communication. CadMakers’ tools allowed the proposal of solutions to complex geometries and construction sequencing, prior and even during construction. To date, the Digital Construction Twin solution has allowed SBW to perform a virtual construction study and get ahead of coordination complexities that would be found later on-site. The Digital Construction Twin solution also helped SBW run 4D sequencing simulations to optimize the scheduling on-site, integrate trade coordination and shop drawing reviews, and layout various building elements on-site directly from the model.
We built cmBuilder.io to be a high-value, low effort, low-cost solution that brings easy digital construction logistics simulation tools that scale to every preconstruction professional in the world. Today we announce that we just took a significant step forward in making this a reality with the latest deployment of our web engine and AI crane optimization solver. With this release, our purpose-built web engine makes it even easier to import larger BIM models (we support IFC4, IFC2x3, FBX, & STP) and run them smoothly in your browser overlaid on the address of the project using cmBuilder's generated map with terrain. Remember, it's not just a model viewer!! Our engine allows for editing/modeling of new 3D parametric resources of cranes, hoists, fencing, concrete pump trucks, traffic management cones, trailers, hoarding, etc. directly in your web browser which is now much faster with the new engine deployment (up to 10x improvement in frames per second performance). When combined with the imported BIM, cmBuilder gives you everything you need to do 3D/4D site logistics simulations with ease.
As part of DigiConstruct Week, we organized an internal contest - CadMakers' Next Top Model and the challenge at hand was to create the best site logistics simulation using only an imported BIM and all provided tools/catalogs/features inside cmBuilder.io. Watch the winning presentations here!
Simulate before you build. Create 4D simulations of your construction site logistics with ease with these powerful yet easy-to-use features on cmBuilder like 3D Markups, Presentation Mode, Construction Milestones and One-Click Share that will ensure enhanced client and project stakeholder communication. Let technology be the enabler and not a barrier - share data and not files.
The 4D Presentation Mode of cmBuilder can be used to create and Interact with 4D schedules of construction plans and extract more information from it when compared to a simple video or a deck. Share preconstruction site logistics with all project stakeholders in an easy and straightforward way, differentiating yourselves from the competition and giving them an advantage during the pursuit process.
See how you can use the 2D drawing overlay tool in cmBuilder.io to easily import, overlay, and view the 2D design plans of your construction sites and utility maps directly on the 3D model viewer. This lets you quickly check measurements relative to plan drawings, identify surrounding conditions, check underground utilities, and position resources with greater accuracy. Watch how the feature can be used to seamlessly allow 3D modeling on the web with the 2D reference of your construction site
Sharing and viewing large, data-rich 3D models from various CAD/BIM software authoring tools has always been a challenge for users in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction) industry. A lack of interoperable file formats, the need to load models with locally installed software for viewing, and stringent hardware requirements has always held back the ability to scale 3D, 4D and 5D digital delivery in our industry.
Every battle is won or lost before it is ever fought - as is a project before it is even pursued. Transform the client's experience of your construction site logistics plan with cmBuilder.io and win more jobs. Start a free trial today! Visualize, simulate, and share your construction site's major milestones effortlessly using the 4D Construction Milestone Manager feature on cmBuilder.io