Virtual Design & Construction

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Advanced Technology in Construction

Ehvert applies Building Information Modelling (BIM) to a manufacturing process to deliver projects with higher quality at less cost and shorter timelines than traditionally possible.

By coordinating complex design interfaces with a 4D BIM model, our team is able to reveal and remove slack in the project schedule. Trade labour and long lead-time equipment can be procured much faster than traditionally possible.

Our 5D BIM data provide cost transparency and facilitates value engineering throughout the entire design and construction process.

6D BIM (Simulation) of a facility allows operating costs to be modeled during the design phase of a project. We can optimize airflow, equipment selection and maximize energy efficiency.

Augmented and Virtual Reality can be used for layout, visualization, and scheduling while Robotic Total Stations can be used for accurate and quick layout work. Laser scanners can be used for quality control, progress feedback

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3D BIM Modelling

Ehvert has developed processes to rapidly develop 3-dimensional models and perform clash detection to ensure that all building components can be constructed in accordance with the model, without any interference. This ensures that the drawings are accurate and eliminates guesswork for installers.

4D BIM Scheduling

We develop our BIM models beyond 3 dimensions by integrating the project schedule. This incorporates information on timing and progress to each building component. By doing this, we verify the accuracy and thoroughness of our project schedule.

5D BIM Estimating

Ehvert’s detailed models can generate quantity take-offs of the materials and assemblies in the project which are then integrated with estimating software.  This cost information adds a much greater level of detail and transparency in the project budget and facilitates rapid value engineering through the design and construction process.

BIM Fabrication Services

Ehvert prepares detailed fabrication models and downloads these directly to fabrication equipment to manufacture building components such as duct work and piping thereby greatly reducing labour cost and improving quality.

Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

Ehvert’s use of virtual and augmented reality in the construction industry makes it a national leader in innovation. Through the 3D BIM software, lifelike renderings that can be uploaded into the virtual reality system. With the help of the engineering team, Ehvert will take you on a tour of your fully completed project, showing you a virtual reflection of all the MEP elements before construction even begins! With this tool, Ehvert’s engineering team and clients can visually validate the designs to ensure that all the client’s needs will be met. The virtual and augmented reality systems can also be used as a tool in both the installation and management of projects if synced with fabrication drawings and project timeline information.

Site Scanning Services

Ehvert uses FARO scanners and LiDAR technology to 3D scan new and existing project sites. The scanners collect thousands of data points that Ehvert will use to create a point cloud file. This point cloud represents the true dimensions of an as-built site that will be used during the design and construction process. The point cloud is uploaded into Ehvert’s Building Information Modelling (BIM) software and is used as a template for complex systems designs.  We can model all the required systems for a project in this software and can create 3D renderings of our designs. These renderings allow the client to view a completed virtual model of their project before construction has even begun. When the virtual models are integrated with pricing information, Ehvert can provide quantity surveying services including cost consulting, value determination, risk management and procurement advice. Our 3D scanning service can also be used as a progress evaluation measure, capturing project status updates and communicating them to those who cannot attend site visits.

Site Layout Services

Once the BIM models have been completed, we work closely with a contractor to help coordinate the alignment of our virtual models with existing site structures. We import the model into a total station, automating the process. With this hands-on approach, we increase the coordination between the design and construction phases of a project while being more time efficient than traditional layout services. This step also provides an additional opportunity to review and validate design work.