February 23, 2021
Despite a reputation for lacking innovation, the construction industry has embraced a remarkable amount of technology that has improved the way we build. Perhaps no single piece of technology has irrevocably changed the nature of our industry more so than Building Information Modeling (BIM). The introduction of BIM to the world of construction has greatly improved the productivity and quality of complex construction.
However, McKinsey estimates that construction projects typically take 20 percent longer to finish than scheduled and are up to 80 percent over budget. Current project planning functions are detailed and complex, with glaring weaknesses that leave much room for improvement. Assembling and managing a construction schedule is a manual, time-intensive and error-prone process. When hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake more precision, beyond simply human intuition, is essential. Inertia’s patent-pending Intelligent Construction Drawings (ICDs) solves this issue, enabling project teams to leverage advances in technology and computing power to help perform this critical work more accurately and efficiently.
“Having been working in the construction space for well over a decade, I’ve seen first hand how these manual processes are a continuous pain point for jobsite teams – wasting both time and money,” said Matthew Hudelson, CEO and founder of Inertia. “There was nothing in existence that was a realistic solution for this hurdle, which is why we developed ICD technology. For the first time ever, construction teams have the power to harness interactivity like never before, leveraging BIM to create better construction projects and identify problems before the building even begins.”
Inertia's ICD technology leverages the power of BIM in a brand new way to offer a more powerful opportunity to access and manage information throughout the complete construction process, analyzing construction documentation and data to produce high-fidelity object-linked construction sheets, and allowing users to assign records to items, rather than areas.
Visualization and Shared Data
On a jobsite, project teams transfer information from construction sheet to construction sheet. Typically conducted through static PDF documents, teams can waste hours each week manually adjusting individual sheets or objects within a construction drawing, with guesswork often leading to avoidable mistakes that cost teams both time and money.
Unlike PDF drawings, Inertia ICDs are interactive and location-driven to help teams collaborate and connect during the most critical parts of the construction process. The platform ensures data, and changes to that data, are shared in real-time while updating all like objects. The ability to track all changes and activities on any object eliminates the stalling of work and adds protection against liability, risk, and cost. Inertia’s unique approach of taking the 3D BIM model and placing all data into familiar construction drawings has proven to improve visibility of the project process, increase the quality of work performed, and accelerate the impact of BIM by leveraging a format that can be used by everyone on the project.
Concept of Assets
By front loading the BIM model through ICD, all team members in the field have access to any available data updated in real-time and in any location, as the model is continuously enhanced throughout the building process. ICDs capture every entity and asset on a jobsite, like a door, a wall, or even a MEP piece, from the model. From there, records, data, and information can be attached to each individual entity, providing a greater level of project status, tracking, reporting, and quality of completion. Handoff to the project owner becomes not only easier but more accurate and enhances the building operation process.
Removal of Redundant Records
When a suite of tools are being used on a jobsite, double data entry becomes an issue. Different tools for different aspects of the construction project management process can oftentimes enter the same piece of data more than once, and even meticulous planning doesn’t always allow for duplicate or similar data stored in different files for different applications to be combined and stored only once. ICD completely eliminates this issue, removing mistakes and errors and reducing the redundancy or duplication of information in a database providing visibility across whole teams. ICD facilitates the intersection of data, workflow, and teams while democratizing information across the jobsite.
The best part about ICDs is that teams can get started right now. No matter the phase of construction, ICD and Inertia’s cloud-based software can add immediate value to teams on the jobsite.
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