| Strategic Virtual Design and
Construction (VDC) Planning
Process Development and Implementation
Hardware / Software Standards Development
Specifying and Fulfilling Owner Requirements
Project VDC Execution Planning
Design Work Planning
IPD Project Setup
|Project VDC Execution Planning
Projects with any collaborative use of VDC must plan, at the beginning of the project, how VDC will be used and supported. Effective planning is critical to achieving efficient flow of reliable information and to ensuring that the owner will receive the deliverables they need.
Effective planning is also critical to minimizing redundant tasks to reduce time and cost and/or to free up people for value-adding work. For example, while the practice of creating separate design and construction models is still being used on many projects, more advanced teams are finding that with appropriate planning and standards models can be developed to serve both purposes. This approach greatly improves collaboration and knowledge retention and avoids a great deal of duplicated effort and unnecessary expense.
Our approach to implementation planning consists of three major steps: assess the participating firms’ capabilities, decide on the components to be implemented, and put the selected components in place.
Our first step is to distribute our questionnaire on VDC capabilities to the participating firms. We then collate the results and work with the project leadership to analyze them and gain an accurate picture of the team’s capabilities.
Advanced firms will have their own execution plans, but the plans of various firms on the project are likely to differ. As part of the assessment process we evaluate the individual plans, and work with the firms that created them to merge them into a coherent project-wide plan.
VDC Program Components
These components – processes, standards, and infrastructure – are the building blocks of the VDC program. Once the firms’ existing capabilities are known we lay out and facilitate a structured series of Kickoff and Implementation meetings in which we help the project team select and develop specifications for the components that will be put in place.
Actual implementation is carried out through a structured series of meetings. Critical to this process is developing detailed agendas and having in attendance the people who can make the necessary decisions.