Implementing technology without a purpose and/or useful outputs seldom results in desired outcomes. CadMakers' Digital Construction Twin solution focuses on having a high level of detail that can support all project stakeholders holistically but emphasizes outputs and outcomes for the construction team during the preconstruction and construction phase of a given project. In this blog, we will discuss the multitude of use cases we leveraged from the Digital Construction twin on the UBC Gage Exchange project and the benefits that our Owner/Developer customer, and General Contractor and Trade partners experience.
CadMakers today announced that cmBuilder.io, the digital site planning and simulation platform built by CadMakers, has now been used to simulate over 700 projects from across the globe since being launched on September 15th, 2020. Preconstruction teams are increasingly transforming their processes in the pursuit phase or early project planning to reduce risk, optimize temporary resources and provide enhanced visualization in a short time period using the core simulation engine of cmBuilder. The ability to rapidly run various scenarios (1 crane vs 2 crane, different site access points, etc.) and share live links with project stakeholders via the cloud database, makes cmBuilder easy to implement, use and collaborate.
Our CEO, Javier Glatt's thoughts on why we are building cmBuilder.io and looking into the future of the construction industry.
Before cmBuilder, it had been quite the challenge for construction planners to perform quick, real-time scenario analyses for the excavation phase, as much of the information provided by the design team pertaining to geotechnical was done in 2D only, which caused a mix of 2D and 3D design information to draw from. With this first release of the excavation feature set, cmBuilder makes it easy to rapidly model, simulate and quantify the bulk and detailed excavation phase with the ability to perform "cut" operations and link excavation phases to milestone dates.
Haycon Inc uses cmBuilder.io to reduce site logistics planning cycles to less than half a day and finds a scalable, low-effort, and high-value web-based solution to get a more accurate overall view of their construction planning with regards to moving around the site, placing large equipment, getting things delivered up into the building efficiently and safely.
Smith Bros. & Wilson (BC) Ltd. (SBW) uses the Digital Construction Twin solution offered by CadMakers as a proactive tool to help identify and mitigate project risks while allowing for effective project team communication. CadMakers’ tools allowed the proposal of solutions to complex geometries and construction sequencing, prior and even during construction. To date, the Digital Construction Twin solution has allowed SBW to perform a virtual construction study and get ahead of coordination complexities that would be found later on-site. The Digital Construction Twin solution also helped SBW run 4D sequencing simulations to optimize the scheduling on-site, integrate trade coordination and shop drawing reviews, and layout various building elements on-site directly from the model.
Simulate before you build. Create 4D simulations of your construction site logistics with ease with these powerful yet easy-to-use features on cmBuilder like 3D Markups, Presentation Mode, Construction Milestones and One-Click Share that will ensure enhanced client and project stakeholder communication. Let technology be the enabler and not a barrier - share data and not files.
Introducing our newest product, cmBuilder: a web-based platform that makes dynamic construction planning and simulation easier than ever before.
8G Solutions, formerly known as JPI Glass chooses cmExe.io, a 100% web-based production tracking and optimization application, to enable them to execute their lean manufacturing initiatives by providing a central digital platform to track all factory production, logistics, and installation processes in real-time from any smart device.
cmExe - a next-generation production tracking, collaboration & reporting system that integrates your supply chain, fabrication, logistics & installation in a single web-based platform.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that CadMakers as a company owes it’s existence, as it is today, to seeking out feedback from customers. We started off as a company that made physical 3D printed models of construction projects, in the process of which we were required to first model the project digitally. We realized after early feedback from our first customers, that the physical model was a vitamin but the digital model and constructability feedback that we provided was the painkiller!
This feature set allows users to perform the classic nesting operations called different things by different people: 1D cutting optimization, stock length optimization, 1D bar nesting.
Today we are excited to launch the new landing page for cmExe, our real-time production management, collaboration & reporting system that integrates your supply chain, fabrication, logistics & installation in a single web-based hub.
As I sit and write this from my makeshift office in my bedroom, on April 19th, 2020, in the midst of a global health crisis and one of the most uncertain economic times in generations…I find myself doing what many business leaders are doing: Meticulously analyzing every aspect of our business, evaluating our processes to see what is needed and what is not, making some tough but necessary decisions and shifting into a cash preservation mode. This is the reality for many business leaders and it’s the playbook coming from industry veterans who have been through things like this before in ‘08/’09 and the dotcom crash of the early 2000’s. Not the ideal macroeconomic conditions for us to be launching a new software product, our cmCore productivity platform that we have been working extremely hard on for the last 2 years…or maybe I’m wrong?
As a fabricator, how do I visualize the real-time status of my Bill of Materials/WIP? Can I use the phone I have in my pocket? How can I provide a better experience for my customer by enhancing transparency with real-time reporting leveraging this enhanced visualization? The newly enhanced 3D web-viewer component in cmExe gives enhanced visualization of the full production progress for all parts, assemblies and cargo shipments optimized for view from any mobile device. Users on the shop floor, in the logistics department, installers on-site and clients signing off on your work, will benefit with access to the 3D production model overlaid with all colour coded progresses that are automatically updating in the background as users scan QR codes using the camera on their phones.
Sharing and viewing large, data-rich 3D models from various CAD/BIM software authoring tools has always been a challenge for users in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction) industry. A lack of interoperable file formats, the need to load models with locally installed software for viewing, and stringent hardware requirements has always held back the ability to scale 3D, 4D and 5D digital delivery in our industry. In the last few years, there has been a strong shift towards developing interoperability standards (.IFC – Industry Foundation Classes, most notably), improving computational power of smart devices, and software vendors providing access to view these models in the web via the cloud.However, most of these solutions are limited in their performance, focused on viewing models and information only, not allowing for editing/authoring new content in the web. They are simply an extension of the “REAL” product – translating to on-premise, expensive, locally installed software licenses that have all the same constraints, including significant costs per user to AEC organizations.