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Friday, Feb 05, 2021
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Greetings and thank you for taking a moment to check out our blog!

Over the last few years, I have been privileged to work as a member of Building Point Pacific’s construction scheduling services and training team. During this time, I have had a variety of rewarding experiences, but nothing seems to top the sense of satisfaction I found in teaching the Introduction to Scheduling with Primavera P6 workshops.

Having an Effect
Personally, I have always found work the most fulfilling when I feel like I have had a substantial effect. This source of gratification has been universal throughout my work history. I have managed to find it in a variety of project deliverables, from a client’s direct gratitude, and indirectly from achieving project goals by assisting a coworker. One of the most gratifying things for me in my role at Building Point Pacific has been when I have had students start my class with little to no understanding of P6, and over the course of two days guided them to a place where they are comfortable navigating the program and feel confident enough to return to their team and start working directly with schedules as their role(s) may demand.

Our Intro to P6 workshops have two full days of instruction (~7.5 hours x 2 = 15 hours). We manage to get every student to a functional level (from zero-sixty MPH!) with P6 by the end of the workshop. If for some reason we aren’t able to bring everyone to the finish line together, we are able to take the extra time with individuals to bring them up to speed.

Who Takes This Class?
People attending our workshops range widely; some job titles have included Project Engineers, Project Managers (Jr/Sr), VPs, Construction Managers, and Superintendents. People have also attended our classes who are just seeking to enrich themselves and add another badge to their professional development journey. All levels of proficiency are welcome in our Intro to P6 classes.

In P6, Sometimes Working Smarter = Working Faster
Of the many fundamental tools we cover within the workshop, even experienced users find many of the tips and tricks covered in our demonstration very useful. Some examples: a quick way to change the view of the Gantt chart and filling in repetitive information with the ‘Fill Down’ feature.

Teaching is Often the Best Way to Learn
Although all the topics covered in the class are introductory level and we frequently have attendees with more extensive P6 experience, I have often found that this helps everyone gain a deeper understanding of Primavera P6 as a tool and how to better use it to accomplish their professional goals.

Virtual Classroom vs. In-Person Classes
Like many people, I prefer to teach the classes in person, but (even before the pandemic) we offer the course on a remote-instruction basis.

Please contact us for a quote or more information on our Intro to Scheduling with Primavera P6 courses or other training opportunities here at Building Point Pacific. We look forward to working with you!

Friday, Oct 16, 2020

When It's Time to Get More ROI from 3D Models, Bring Them to the Field - Constructible

 

Trimble RPT600 Intro

(:39) Video by - BuildingPoint Mid-America

A survey of nearly 600 construction leaders about how teams spend their time on construction sites found that significant time and money goes toward non-optimal activities. Fixing mistakes, looking for project data, managing conflict resolution, and more — these avoidable issues account for $177.5 billion in labor costs per year in the US alone.

So, while BIM is adding new efficiencies in the office, its value for improving productivity and accuracy isn’t making its way to the field. Experiencing the true value of BIM is realized when 3D models are leveraged throughout the construction workflow — offering accessible data, project visualization, actionable insights, and quality assurance to everyone on the project.

As the affects of COVID continue to affect the industry resulting in . . . read more

Learn More About Field Solutions

Thursday, Oct 15, 2020

Construction Data Report Reveals Trends for 2021 - Construction Equipment

 

Manage the Field in Real-Time with ProjectSight

(22:38) Video by - Trimble ProjectSight

According to the report, 66 percent of owners are still using paper and spreadsheets for field data collection, and 53 percent of owners use three or more apps to collect field data. Human entered data is full of inaccuracies and incompatible data that doesn’t allow easy comparison or management.

About 49 percent of all managers wait a week or longer to see labor hours actuals. This delay does not allow managers to control their workforce, limiting the effectiveness of labor budgets and productivity.

Only nine percent of firms with 5,000-10,000 employees have access to live labor. 49 percent of all contractors wait a week or longer to see actuals by cost code.

Nearly 66 percent of safety managers don’t receive instant safety reports. Safety managers are not able to effectively track employee health screenings . . . read more

Learn More About ProjectSight

Thursday, Oct 15, 2020

Spot on: Alliance to Combine Robots and GNSS Tech for Construction - GPS World

 

How Boston Dynamics' Spot Robot Works!

(19:52) Video by - Skanska UK

Trimble and Boston Dynamics plan to integrate a variety of data-collection technologies with the Spot (robot dog) platform for construction and other site applications.

The jointly developed solution will combine the Spot robot’s autonomous mobility with Trimble’s data-collection sensors and field control software to enable automation of repetitive tasks such as site scans, surveying and progress monitoring, while taking advantage of the robot’s unique capabilities to navigate dynamic and potentially unsafe environments.

The relationship gives Trimble exclusive rights to sell and support the Spot robot . . . read more

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020

Product Review: Trimble SketchUp Studio 2020 - Architosh

 

SketchUp Pro 2020 Quick Tour

(0:50) Video by - CADELIT Sverige AB

It has been since August of 2014 that we last published a review of SketchUp and in that version (SketchUp 2014) the big news was the support of Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) file format in the world’s most popular 3D modeler. Since that time a lot has taken place in the world of SketchUp. For starters, while IFC export was new in SketchUp 2014 when we reviewed it that year, somewhere along the way IFC import was also supported. (We’ll mention more notes on BIM and SketchUp toward the ends of the review).

Also new since our last review six years ago, Trimble acquired Sefaira, the popular energy analysis software that works with BIM tools and SketchUp models. These tools are now included... Read More

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Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020

Camera Technology Elevates Security, Safety, and Jobsite Performance - Construction Executive

 

XL Construction Case Study

(1:26) Video - Sensera Systems

Construction sites are often the target of theft and vandalism. This is why camera technology initially found its way onto the jobsite. Modern camera-based technology can help you secure even the most remote site, providing real-time intelligence.

“Motion-detected event notification alerts can be pushed to your email or mobile device (via SMS/text),” says Wendi Burke, vice president of marketing, Sensera Systems. “These notifications can include a video clip or images for rapid review and response. In addition, capturing visual documentation of daily site activity, incidents and near misses enables managers to assess compliance with safety requirements and monitor where workers, equipment and materials are in transit to identify potential safety issues. You can receive alerts for entry of restricted access zones and track the entry and exit of people on the jobsite.”

Every contractor is going to have its own set of requirements... Read More

Our Cameras

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020

How BIM Helps General Contractors Win More Business - Engineering News Record

 

Benefits of BIM in Construction -

(1:43) Video by - Skanska UK

No industry in the world remains untouched by digital technology. For the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, this holds especially true. Technology is making vast improvements in the way general contractors plan and build projects, paving the way for a reimagined future. One technology in particular—Building Information Modeling (BIM)—is leading the way.

BIM is an intelligent, 3D model-based process that helps general contractors become more accurate and efficient. Over the years, BIM technology has grown in its breadth of capabilities, becoming a standard in the AEC industry. It’s not surprising that a study by McKinsey found that 75% of companies that have adopted BIM reported positive returns on their investments.

Thanks to the recent emergence of cloud-based BIM solutions, GCs, designers and owners can now work together to identify and resolve errors in real time, avoiding costly mistakes and reducing rework. With the rapid rise of project delivery methods like design-build and integrated project delivery (IPD), this enhanced ability to collaborate has become more critical than ever.

BIM technology is key to winning . . .

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Monday, Jan 15, 2018

Time-scaled logic diagrams (TSLD) are typically required by NAVFAC and USACE contracts for baseline and monthly update schedules. Primavera P6 incorporates TSLD in versions 8.3 through 17+ and can be difficult to navigate. In Primavera P6 software package, TSLD can be referred to as a network diagram or activity network. A TSLD is a graphical representation, similar to a Gantt chart, to show activity information and logic over a timescale. In this blog, we will walk through the steps to create and print a time-scaled logic diagram.

1. After opening the project, click on View, and then scroll down to Activity Network. Activity network will remove the details and Gantt chart view from the top view. The bottom view will remain the same.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Once the TSLD window is open, it is best to change Page Layout and Page Size. Click on File in the toolbar and scroll down to Page Setup. In the page setup dialog box, choose Paper Size as ANSI D. If you don’t have this option, you will need to change the printer in the Print Setup dialog box. The best printer option for a TSLD is a pdf writer instead of a physical printer or plotter, since TSLDs are typically very large.  After choosing the paper size, you can also format the header and footer here.

3. Once you have chosen the paper size and customized the header and footer, click on View in the toolbar and scroll down to Activity Network Options. The Activity Network Option dialog will appear, displaying what information is set as default to be displayed in the graphical box.

4. At the bottom of the Activity Box Template tab are two options to customize the Activity Box. The Font and Colors options will change the color of the box and font size of the text displayed in the Activity Box.  The Box Template allows for customization based on NAVFAC and USACE requirements.

5. Box Template

a. Field name is a drop-down menu of the options to include the display activity box.

b. Width can be increased or reduced by percentages to allow for more than one field name to be displayed per line. Each line should equal 100%

c. Height of each field box can be set from 1 through 10 lines

d. Total width will change the width of the Activity Box

e. To add a field box choose Add on the right side of the dialog box and use Shift up and Shift down to move the box to the desired location

f. Once the template is finalized, click OK

6. Activity Network Layout tab will give options to change the organization of the TSLD. Many of these options are for user preferences and NAVFAC and USACE does not specify requirements in this option box. Once completed, click OK and return to Activity Network Options.

7. After customizing the Activity Box and Layout, click OK.

8. If your TSLD is displayed in a zoomed-out fashion and is illegible, do not be concerned. The larger the schedule file the smaller the activity boxes and logic will be displayed on the screen. To see what the TSLD would look like before printing, use the Print Preview option in the File drop-down in the toolbar to view the printout.

9. As a tip, do not Group by WBS or have any filters selected. A TSLD typically is not grouped or filtered unless specified in contract documents. 

 
   

BuildingPoint Pacific’s (BPP) team of professional schedulers has been supporting owners, general contractors, construction managers, and superintendents since 1998. Scheduling support services are provided for all phases of a project’s lifecycle with knowledge of various scheduling methods (including Flowline, CPM, PERT, and Pull Planning) to support our customers’ needs. BPP has provided the following services to ENRs Top 400 and small contractors:

 BPP's team of schedulers use the latest scheduling program management software packages including:

  • Baseline schedule development
  • Schedule Review and Analysis
  • Schedule update
  • Time Impact Analysis (TIM)
  • Resource and Cost Loading
  • Schedule Comparison
  • Claims and Mitigations
  • Schedule Optimization
  • Reporting and Dashboard
  • Forensic Analysis
  • 4D Simulations
  • Pull Planning
  • Vico VDC/4D BIM scheduling
  • Primavera P6 PPM/EPPM
  • Synchro VDC/4D scheduling
  • Microsoft Project

 For more information about how BuildingPoint Pacific can assist you, please contact us at services@buildingpointpacific.com

Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017

General contractors will have many what-if scenarios as a project progresses fromstart to finish. These what-if scenarios will help determine response to complications that arise on a construction site. Typically, Primavera users will create a sandbox EPS node to account for the ideas and changes to bring a project back on track or to help determine if an idea will save time and money for both the owner and general contractor. The copies of a project in the sandbox area do not allow a user to easily import the changes back into the master project file without extensive reviews of the changes.

Primavera P6 has a built-in feature called Reflections which allows users to make a copy of a project, make changes to the reflection without changing the source project file, and then import modifications back into the source project. The Reflections options will allow a user to import approved changes and leave out changes not approved. The Reflection option is useful for quickly checking to see what the after-effects of cost or durations modifications would be to a project’s schedule. Reflections allow for an idea to be incorporated into the schedule without corrupting the source schedule; they can be imported into the source project quickly and easily if approved.

Reflections can be used to:

  • Add additional shifts
  • Add, delete or modify a calendar
  • TIAs and fragnets incorporated into a schedule
  • Change in size or scope of a project
  • Changes in resource assignments
  • Changes to the order of construction activities

The steps to creating reflections are:

  • Create a reflection in the project window
  • Modify the reflection
  • Review the changes and the results of the changes in the reflection schedule
  • Import approved changes

Create a Reflection:

Right click in the Project Window on the project in which a reflection will be made. Chose “Create a Reflection

A copy of the project will be created within the same EPS node and the Project ID will be advance by one number, a question mark will appear on the Project ID icon and “Reflection” will be added to the Project Name

Modify the Reflection:

The project can be accessed and modified in the same way a regular project can be. The new reflection file can be exported as an .XER file, sent to a team member or subcontractor to review and edit, and imported back into the Primavera P6 database with the edits. The new reflection file can also be modified within the existing Primavera P6 database without being exported.

Review the changes and the results of the changes in the reflection schedule

To review the changes made to the reflection without importing the reflection project changes into the source file, the Claim Digger (P6 v 8.0 through 15) or Schedule Comparison (Primavera P6 16.x) tool will allow for a detailed list of changes to the reflection file compared against the source project file.

To review the changes made on the Reflection Project against the source project file, right-click on the Reflection Project file and chose “Merge Reflection into Source Project”.

A new window listing the changes will appear where a decision can be made to either allow the import of the changes or chose not to import the changes.

  1. Values before merging: Values established in the source file
  2. Values after merging: Values from the reflection file created in the first step
  3. Merge: Choose which changes to import into the source file (a claim digger or schedule comparison report may help in making these decisions)
  4. Prior to merging: Choose to make the source project a baseline to the new schedule and/or make the source project an .XER file before merging new changes into the schedule
  5. After merging: Choose to keep, delete or replace the reflection project in the EPS node
  6. Merge Changes: After options 1 through 5 are considered click to merge the changes into the source project.

Once the files are merged, a popup screen will appear indicating the files have been merged successfully.

Some basic guidelines for creating reflections

  • Do not change the Project ID or activity IDs when the reflection is being modified. If either one of these are changed, the Reflection process will not be valid and Primavera P6 will not be able recognize the changes properly.
  • If after you click on the project and “Create a Reflection” or “Merge Reflection into Source Project” is not an option than the user does not have the permission setup by the Primavera P6 administrator within the EPS node.
  • If “Merge Reflection into Source Project” is not available on the source project, then the project may be checked out by another user.  
  • Activities, resource assignments, WBS elements, project expenses, project Issues, and project Risks deleted in the Reflection file will not be removed in the source file after merging the files.
  • Reflections is not an option on the web-based version of Primavera P6.

About BuildingPoint Pacific

BuildingPoint Pacific’s (BPP) team of professional schedulers has been supporting owners, general contractors, construction managers, and superintendents since 1998. Scheduling support services is provided for all phases of a project‘s lifecycle with the knowledge and expertise of various scheduling methods including Flowline, CPM, PERT and Pull Planning methods to best support our specific customer needs. BPP has worked for ENRs (Engineering News-Record) Top 400 and small contractors supporting their projects by offering scheduling services including:

  • Baseline schedule development
  • Schedule review and analysis
  • Schedule update
  • Time Impact Analysis (TIM)
  • Resource and cost loading
  • Schedule comparison
  • Claims and mitigations
  • Schedule optimization
  • Reporting and dashboard
  • Forensic analysis
  • 4D simulations
  • Pull planning

BPP’s team of schedulers use the latest scheduling program management software packages including:

  • Vico VDC/4D BIM scheduling
  • Primavera P6 PPM/EPPM
  • Synchro VDC/4D scheduling
  • Microsoft Project

For more information about how BuildingPoint Pacific can assist your project team, please contact us.

Friday, Aug 25, 2017

Learn how to export a Primavera P6 file into Trimble LeanSight. 

At BuildingPoint Pacific, we create, modify, update, and track project schedules with our team of schedulers and planners located throughout California. This normally occurs on a monthly cycle with Oracle Primavera®, Microsoft Project®, and/or Vico Schedule Planner®.

Until recently, we didn’t have a way to communicate on a regular basis with people in the field; Trimble and BuildingPoint Pacific found that none of these scheduling software packages communicated responsibilities to our stakeholders on a daily and weekly basis as projects progressed. That has now changed: Trimble announced recently they have a solution called Trimble LeanSight®, which enables contractors to take project schedules from the office and trailers into the field where typically the last planners are located.    

Download pdf to read more.