4D BIM Enabled by Oracle-Assemble Partnership


Oracle’s business is information: managing it, storing it, networking it and doing anything else with it you can imagine. In the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) space, this means taking the large swaths of data associated with massive construction projects and making them manageable and meaningful for project teams.


Now, the tech giant is working with Assemble Systems, a GoldLevel member of its Oracle Partner Network, to bring building information modeling (BIM) to Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management solution. ENGINEERING.com spoke to Mark Jenkins, director of product strategy at Oracle Construction and Engineering GBU, to learn how Assemble Systems fits into the larger vision that Oracle has for AEC.

Assemble's Schedule Integrator. (Image courtesy of Assemble Systems.)

Fast, Cloud-Based BIM

Assemble Systems is known for its cloud solutions for BIM, drawings and point clouds, which make it possible for project team members to share and use data across the web. Jenkins pointed out that one of the most unique features of Assemble’s technology is its speed.

“Assemble Systems has a very, very robust web-based BIM viewer,” Jenkins said. “It is incredibly fast. It can bring in models from various sources and information from different modeling tools and combine them all into the company’s cloud service for BIM viewing. The one thing that really sets the viewer apart is speed. It’s incredibly fast.”

Not only is it a feat to transfer CAD quickly across the web, but the data associated with BIM models also make web applications that much more cumbersome. Assemble, however, is able to render BIM models in such a way as to allow for real-time interaction on the web.

Jenkins pointed out that, in addition to real-time rendering, Assemble is also able to quantify BIM data in ways that others can’t. The quantities that are applied to model objects are extended to other commodities that may or may not be modeled. This quality in particular will make it possible to integrate with Oracle’s Prime Projects Cloud Service.

Costs are directly related to the quantities associated with the model objects in a BIM project. Additionally, the quantities directly relate to the time it takes to install each of those elements on the construction site. This brings us to improvements in scheduling that may be possible through the integration of Assemble Systems’ software.

4D BIM

4D scheduling is becoming increasingly used in the AEC industry for its ability to visualize project schedules so that project teams can ensure that no two construction operations conflict. Though the implementations of 4D BIM may vary in terms of graphical output, integration of Assemble’s software with Oracle’s Primavera P6 will provide 4D simulations of an entire or partial scope of a project. These simulations can be helpful in validating the schedule before time and money are wasted on the construction site. They can also be useful for validating that work occurred on time and in the proper sequence at the end of the day.

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