Using IT to Improve Construction

Posted on February 17, 2007  Comments (1)

Teicholz awarded top construction engineering prize:

One of CIFE’s biggest innovations is a program that visualizes the various stages of a construction project over time using 3-D models, like a digital movie. The models, which integrate hundreds of building components in an understandable way, can be shared early in the design stage and can straightforwardly communicate a complex schedule to everyone, Teicholz says. “Better decisions can be made about every aspect of the design rather than trying to improve the design after everyone has completed their work,” he says.

The need to correct mistakes after the fact is seen all too often in construction projects, says Martin Fischer, professor of civil and environmental engineering and current CIFE director. Walls built prematurely might have to be torn down, for example, or two work crews that did not communicate might plan to be in the same place at the same time. Time, labor and materials are wasted, and the final cost of the project increases.

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One Response to “Using IT to Improve Construction”

  1. CuriousCat: Contractor Warned NYC About Crane
    March 16th, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

    “A retired contractor warned the city 12 days ago the doomed crane on E. 51st St. wasn’t properly braced, but the Buildings Department blew him off after making a cursory check…”

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