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Virtual Design and Construction: Themes, Case Studies and Implementation Suggestions

TitleVirtual Design and Construction: Themes, Case Studies and Implementation Suggestions
Publication TypeWorking Paper
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsKunz, J, Fischer, M
Date Published01/2012
Publication Languageeng
Keywords3-D, 4-D, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, CIFE, Construction, Design, Organization Models, Process Models, Product Models, Stanford University, VDC, Virtual Design and Construction
AbstractVirtual Design and Construction (VDC) is the use of integrated multi-disciplinary performance models of design-construction projects to support explicit and public business objectives. Models are representation of reality. VDC models are virtual because they show computer-based descriptions of the project. The VDC project model emphasizes those aspects of the project that can be designed and managed, i.e., its product (typically a building or plant), the organization that will design, construct and operate it, and the process that the organization teams will follow. These models are logically integrated in the sense that they all can access shared data, and if a user highlights or changes an aspect of one, the integrated models can highlight or change the dependent aspects of related models. The models are multi-disciplinary in the sense that they represent the Architect, Engineering, Contractor (AEC) and owner of the project, as well as relevant AEC subdisciplines. The models are performance models in the sense that they predict some aspects of project performance, track many that are relevant, and can show predicted and measured performance in relationship to stated project performance objectives. Some companies now practice the first steps of VDC modeling, and they consistently find that they improve business performance by doing so.
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