Construction planning: off to the digital world of BIM-LEAN-LOGISTICS

With the “Cadmium” software, the construction site has arrived in the digital future. The tool developed by Amberg Loglay and a partner enables BIM-LEAN-LOGISTICS — to display the right material in the right place at the right time and to plan ahead.
Matthias Gehrig

Capture the construction site in 4D and forecast the consequences for the construction project — a modern software from Amberg Loglay makes this possible. The tool is a key success factor for medium-sized and large construction and renovation projects. Especially when it comes to efficiency and planning.

It is groundbreaking and so far unique: the Cadmium software, which combines the areas of BIM (Building Information Modelling), lean management and logistics and presents them in one application. The aim is to design processes and construction logistics in such a way that work on the construction site is carried out as error-free, cost-effectively and efficiently as possible. Thanks to the Cadmium, it is possible to reconcile target and actual planning and execution at any time and to initiate a continuous improvement process.

An international collaboration

Cadmium was developed by an international partner in collaboration with Amberg Loglay. The name Cadmium refers to the connection with CAD (computer-aided design) and DMU (digital mock-up), which represent the main functions of the system. One of the driving forces behind this is Matthias Gehrig, who manages the operational business and sometimes takes part in planning meetings himself on major projects. There, he takes construction planners into the digital world and vividly shows them the possibilities.

Teilnehmende einer Bauplanungssitzung, die sich das digitale Abbild des Bauprojekts ansehen
On the left, the analog world, on the right, the digital image of the construction project: In a so-called mockup room, an area of the MCC (Mission Control Center) that Amberg Loglay recommends to clients as a project management element, Matthias Gehrig accompanies all stakeholders on their way to a high-performance project.

Continuous reconciliation between physical and digital

“The digital twin of the construction project only develops added value when this is done bidirectionally — a continuous reconciliation between the physical and digital world. Cadmium enables predictive planning, which can be adjusted at any time in an agile construction project,” explains Gehrig. The tool makes it possible to make construction processes more efficient: It serves as a planning tool, to monitor construction progress and for quality assurance. For this purpose, a dashboard can be created from the coordinated data, which is precisely tailored to customer needs and makes relevant construction process flows visible. For example: What is the volume of the material to be installed? How many trucks go to the construction site per day, per week or per year? Which company ships how much material to which location? What is the number of vehicles and people outside the building perimeter, and what influence does this have on the surrounding area?

Within the planning team, the respective sub-teams, such as the BIM, Lean or scheduling team, are responsible for data preparation. Amberg Loglay supports this as part of the planning team. With a winking eye, Gehrig explains his company's role: “We lay the foundation for the smooth construction process and ensure that the client can sleep peacefully. That is our task."

Construction planning: off to the digital world of BIM-LEAN-LOGISTICS

“A successful project is only possible in a symbiosis of BIM-LEAN LOGISTICS. Representing this in a digital interface is the key to success.”

Stability for complex construction projects

The data-based BIM-LEAN_LOGISTICS software is an ideal tool for managing major projects. Matthias Gehrig cites an area project involving several project teams as an example. “The challenge was to work on a data center, several commercial and office buildings and a large logistics center at the same time. There were seven project teams involved, some of which were not based in Switzerland, plus many different stakeholders,” says Gehrig. “Using the software brought stability to the construction project.”

The software also provides useful services for complex conversion or renovation projects. Gehrig refers to branch conversions by major distributors. Because the conditions for such projects are demanding — little space, little time, sophisticated logistics. With data-based support from the software, these challenges are not gone away, but they can be managed in a controlled manner.

And the cost factor is also at the center of attention. “With intelligent planning combined with our software tools, our customers save money, hassle and time,” says Gehrig from experience. “The right equipment is in the right place at the right time.” In other words: Two to three days before it is needed, the material is ready for the contractor at the working area.

Einblick in die Software Cadmium
Even demanding site projects can be handled efficiently with the software tool.

Music of the Future 7D

Amberg Loglay is currently accelerating further developments. To this end, the company is working with various universities. For example, students from the University of Stuttgart, among others, are currently entrusted with a project assignment. The aim is to incorporate students' ideas into further development and to benefit from each other. But that's not enough. Matthias Gehrig also intends to integrate construction costs, recycling and moving into a standard process in the future. So there is nothing standing in the way of a 7D future that is not too distant.

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