Virtual Concrete Management Group Increases Jobsite Quality and Efficiency
October 02, 2015
The VCM Group is a central point of coordination for all concrete project teams. The group develops three-dimensional models of Clark Concrete’s work. These virtual models enable the team to perform sequence analysis, spearhead coordination with other trades, translate model information into data points for engineering layout, reconcile contract documents with drawings, and enhance communication among all project stakeholders.
One of the group’s greatest areas of focus is improving communication between designers and craftsmen to maximize jobsite efficiency. The VCM Group ensures that design intent is clear and that crews fully understand what needs to be constructed before work begins, eliminating delays in the field. With the assistance of virtual modeling, the group resolves issues months in advance of work taking place, allowing Clark Concrete’s field supervision to focus on delivering a higher quality product more efficiently.
Coordinating reinforcing steel requirements is another of VCM Group service. Incorrectly detailed rebar is one of the leading causes of schedule delays or quality issues through the structural phase of a project. The VCM Group reviews all rebar shop submittals and evaluates them against the virtual model. Any discrepancies or comments are noted and returned to the shop before fabrication. As a central resource for all Clark Concrete projects, the VCM Group shares the responsibility of rebar coordination with project teams, which allows them more time to concentrate on other facets of the job. When the rebar arrives on site, the VCM Group joins the team to perform quality control inspections and verify placement.
Over the past few months, the VCM Group has been instrumental in assisting Clark Concrete’s most complex projects be successful. At the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the team prepared three-dimensional alternative rebar proposals for easier presentations to the client. The Glenstone II team, which is utilizing Clark Concrete’s first comprehensive virtual model, does not start a single pour without a full team sign off on designs from the project’s virtual model.
Clark Concrete’s Virtual Construction Management Group has seamlessly integrated with Clark’s overall virtual design and construction efforts, both in the office and in the field. As the group grows, they are investigating new ways to leverage technology to make the concrete placement process more efficient, including tying their models to budgets and schedules and designing custom formwork templates with three-dimensional printers.