To enable the weekly reporting, APP Consultoría recommended using Powerproject BIM from Elecosoft which could automate the updates from the .XER file directly into Powerproject files.
Carlos explained: “We just had to let the macro work – then it only takes 60 seconds each week to update the entire schedule.”
This meant that each week the 4D schedule could be rapidly updated to produce 4D BIM reports in various formats.
Using Powerproject BIM and another Elecosoft tool, o2c, the team was able to generate flipbooks to show weekly progress, videos comparing actual progress with the original baseline and 3D files so that managers could see progress in an interactive format.
o2c is a compression tool that enables you to present 3D objects animated at high speed in a compacted format which can be easily embedded in presentations and reports.
Although Minsur’s business technology was able to handle the processing demands of 3D modelling, the same could not be assumed for all parties.
These functionalities, together with the 4D scheduling data, enabled the project team to show progress not just weekly to the management team, but monthly to senior executives.
The rich 3D visualisation, animations, and detail about progress that these reports contained had shifted expectations and become a new standard for reporting quality that the team expect will be required on future projects.
The project team leaders were satisfied with their selection of tools.
Jose Luis concluded: “Among several 4D solutions in the market, we chose Powerproject because of the sheer simplicity of connecting the main schedule with the 3D models. We are sure we will replicate this on forthcoming projects.”
Carlos concurred: “Using BIM and adopting digital technology is essential for any forward-thinking organisation in this market. However, as the owners, Minsur doesn’t have the time or resources to generate 4D schedules as the main construction programming, but with Powerproject we found a perfect complement which was easy to use and highly effective.”