The ability to visualize the built environment is critical to the design and construction of civil construction projects. While 3D simulation is widely used in the design phase of infrastructure projects, it is still gaining momentum in the construction phase.
Advancements in 3D and 4D simulation technology, however, now make it possible for project stakeholders to better visualize the construction process of complex buildings and infrastructure projects. This advanced visual communication provides a valuable asset to the building design process and is one that civil engineering projects should adopt.
More construction project sites now use virtual design and construction simulation. Virtual simulation provides a 3D and 4D computer-generated representation and offers a very realistic view of buildings, bridges, infrastructure, and other graphical models.
These models can deliver many benefits to civil projects by making it possible to show stakeholders the planned construction sequence of a project and visualize its physical evolution.
Before the building process starts, construction plans can be virtually conceived and fine-tuned to cut out inefficiencies. For example, a visual simulation can allow for changes to a structure’s geometry.
To assist the Owner in establishing a complete Program to meet the goals of his project starting with project feasibility and providing a continuous comprehensive managed process that develops the Program into a reality and a successful operation.
This offers clients the ability to reduce costs by making the changes virtually before actual construction has begun. Virtual construction also increases safety because it can identify any problem issues early in the design process. In addition, communication and decision-making across the project life cycle is enhanced.