The introduction of Virtual Design and Construction technology and methods into the civil construction industry introduces an opportunity for dedicated investigations that filter and transition technology and methods from the building industry BIM to the civil industry VDC and develop new methods specific to the civil industry. This wiki site is intended to help document this process and provide a location for this information.
A core underpinning belief that drives these investigations it that moving Virtual Design and Construction tools from the management and engineering sphere to the field hands - phenomenological perspective - will result in improved safety, a better working environment, reduced environmental impact, and ultimately a lower cost that as a bundle leads to a more consistent profit margin; profit that is not at the expense of safety, nor environment, nor the community. The degree that these are better, more or less, and improved is the higher-goal of our experiments, though we must focus on several smaller aspects of this goal that are measurable and allow for pragmatic validation. For this validation we rely on an ethnography approach.
The preliminary research and lab test work was possible due to the 2008 seed funding by the Stanford University Center for Integrated Facility Engineering Technical Advisory Committee. Continued work is possible through the 2012 Homer and Joyce Olsen Fellowship. Without these awards the knowledge developed through the Merced Highway 99 experiment would not be possible. My gratitude for their support is unquantifiable.
Corresponding Author: Forest Peterson firstname.lastname@example.org
This technical wiki documents the Civil implementation of VDC. I modify this wiki as my plans evolve and tests are completed. Feel free to peer review my work (email comments to email@example.com). Since this wiki is a 'living draft', relax your expectations for spelling, grammar, and style. And, use your best judgement before reusing the content.
The technical knowledge contained in the linked pages are critical to the Civil implementation of Virtual Design and Construction; if you reuse or share this knowledge, please provide an acknowledgement and cite as:
Peterson, F. and Fischer, M. “CIFE Civil VDC Technical Report” CIFE wiki. Stanford University Center for Integrated Facility Engineering. Last accessed dd month yyyy. cife.stanford.edu/wiki/doku.php?id=granite
Civil 3D blog: BIM is not for civil engineers so what is
AutoDesk Civil 3D blog 'BIM on the Rocks' by Dana Probert
Pete Kelly blog: BIM to VDC an evolutionary step in engineering
Federal Highway Administration Report: International CM Practices, 2005
why we need a way to remove corporate overhead starting with keeping track of paperclips
The Beavers, no affiliation with this research but important to mention with a heavy construction topic