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How SYNCHRO 4D Stacks Up Against Navisworks

In 2023, Bentley’s SYNCHRO 4D and Autodesk’s Navisworks stand out as two signature software solutions for professionals in the virtual design and construction space. With a quickly evolving construction technology landscape, it’s now more important than ever for companies to make sound investments into tools that will keep projects pointed and performing in the right direction. Particularly, when it comes to addressing project factors such as safety, risk, proper scheduling, and meeting allocated budgets. SYNCHRO 4D and Navisworks help with these decisions, primarily on the planning side of things. Both software options do something remarkable – they bring a construction project alive before any work physically takes place.

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How to Quickly Detect and Resolve Clashes

How often have you started construction on a project only to realize that the design does not fit reality? A sewage pipe that is too close to an outer wall, increasing the chances that the pipe will freeze, or an electrical line cutting across steel beams. These situations happen more often than we might like to admit.

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Import and Install a Tower Crane with SYNCHRO 4D

Animating equipment movements during generation of a 4D construction sequence can be challenging.  In this article, we will focus on one part of the challenge, importing and simulating of the installation of a tower crane. Import a Tower Crane with SYNCHRO 4D and Simulate Installation While importing equipment models inside SYNCHRO, we generally import the entire equipment as a single resource, otherwise, animating equipment movement can become difficult. However, importing a tower crane should be an exception. If we import the entire tower as well as the rotating arm as a single resource, the rotation simulation does not look realistic. The entire tower, along with the arm, appears to rotate simultaneously, instead of just the arm. The following video illustrates the points we need to keep in mind while importing a tower crane with SYNCHRO 4D. You will see how to stage the installation of a tower crane in a 4D construction sequence simulation. https://youtu.be/UXVms6GXsBQ Related Articles To explore additional steps to complete the rotation of a tower crane inside SYNCHRO 4D, check out the following links:  OnDemand Training | SYNCHRO: Equipment Movements and Advanced Animation Modeling 3D Paths for Tower Cranes and Forklifts in SYNCHRO

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Simulating Equipment Movement in SYNCHRO 4D Pro

In this article, you will learn how to simulate or animate an equipment movement a number of times during an active task. While we could do this by creating 3D paths mimicking the movement, we use a different strategy to minimize the effort, since the equipment will do this motion many times.

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Success Story | Clark Construction Sea-Tac Airport

To enhance international passenger experience and advance the Puget Sound region as a leading tourism and business gateway, the Port of Seattle is building a new, expanded, 450,000-suqare-foot International Arrivals Facility (IAF). The project includes constructing a 345,000-square-foot, three-story grand hall, a new connecting international corridor, and an 85-foot-high pedestrian aerial walkway connecting the new grand arrivals hall with the airport’s South Satellite. Clark Construction was hired as the design-build contractor for the USD 968 million project that is the most complex capital development program in the history of the 71-year-old airport.

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Costs in SYNCHRO 4D Pro

In SYNCHRO 4D Pro, we can extend our 4D model towards 5D i.e Cost calculations. Here, the 5D is linked with 4D (3D + Time) which means the final cost will take into account both physical quantity and time-sensitive cost. This provides a better picture of the cost and reflects any changes in the 3D model or in the schedule.

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