Digital Twin/The OneModel

DIGITAL TWIN/THE ONEMODEL APPROACH: SUPPORTING THE JOURNEY FROM VIRTUAL TO PHYSICAL

Gafcon, Inc. is currently providing Digital Twin technology for one of our confidential high-tech “Fortune 50” clients. This is positioning us at the forefront of this emerging technology. Digital Twin is the buzz right now, allowing for amazing integration of all construction disciplines to one true source of information. Digital Twin is the virtual model of a physical asset. Every component of the physical asset is represented in the virtual model, along with its functionality. The virtual model is connected to the physical asset over a network to collect data from the operations and give inputs into the working of the physical asset. Gafcon, Inc.’s OneModel Approach allows us to help the sophisticated user “build the project before the project is built.” The OneModel delivers data collaboration, which facilitates human collaboration. This process allows Owners more predictability in cost, schedule, quality, and safety.

The OneModel Approach includes:

  • Creating the vision/road map to deliver the change
  • Attracting the best partners by increasing the benefits/margins to all through the elimination of waste
  • Focusing on collaboration
  • Providing the entire team with a collaborative and managed virtual environment – The OneModel
  • Encountering and solving problems in the virtual world
  • Coordinating across the complete building lifecycle
  • Reducing decision-making cycles
  • Delivering a safer and higher quality building, at a faster pace and a lower cost

For inquiries on our digital twin services, please contact Chris Hussey, Client Development-Innovative Solutions digitaltwin@gafcon.com

Technical Construction Solutions

Our goal is to transform the building lifecycle: to make it more economical, faster, and safer while improving quality, through a focus on processes and technologies. With experience in education, healthcare, commercial, entertainment, public, private, and high tech, we are a full-service Owners’ Representative that differentiates our firm through the innovative incorporation of technology within a collaborative and transparent project approach. These technologies include the implementation of project and program management systems from an Owner’s perspective, as well as building information modeling (BIM), virtual design and construction (VDC), business intelligence and reporting, geographical information systems (GIS), reality capture, internet of things (IoT), virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and supporting data services. We are software agnostic, and work with you to choose the best technology solution for your project—delivering the visibility, transparency, and governance that you desire, with the collaboration and control that you require.

Technology is rapidly evolving, and the construction industry generally lags significantly behind all other industries. At Gafcon, Inc., we strive to stay ahead of the curve, incorporating the latest emerging technologies and processes to augment your existing systems to keep our clients ahead of their competition. We provide the right technology process to effectively and efficiently complete the project lifecycle. Thus, we assist in making the unpredictable, predictable.

Pandemic Return to Office

In these unprecedented times, property owners, operators and managers must have the people and finances in place to address everything from workstation distancing and conference room usage to air ventilation and handwashing stations. Failure to implement these return to office readiness elements is not only a liability, but can be the difference between life and death.

Gafcon, Inc. has created a process that allows those who own and operate multiple properties to plan and manage each readiness task in real time, including funding or reimbursement for these activities, and more. This results in an organized, efficient way to manage multiple projects, contractors and funds while ensuring that spaces are ready for work.

Gafcon’s post-pandemic readiness solution provides a unique, new-to the market, efficient and cost-savings way for property owners and managers looking to welcome people back to a healthy, safe workspace. For more information on this service please contact Tiffany LaBruno, Director of Professional Services, at tlabruno@gafcon.com.

Project Management Information Systems (PMIS)

Projects and programs require a single source of truth, where all facilities and construction activities can be tracked by the entire team, from the client to the general contractor and architect to the project managers and field personnel. Even the best managed projects and programs will experience unpredictable events. However, understanding the progression of your project with real-time visibility into cost, scope, and schedule provides information to all and keeps surprises to a minimum. Our technology professionals work side-by-side with program, project, and construction managers so they have first-hand insight into real-world challenges at every level. We have worked to develop key configurations inside technology solutions that address these challenges and lead to our clients’ success.

We are technology agnostic, partnering with companies like Unifier, eBuilder, Kahua, and others, to provide the best possible solution for each client’s needs.We are partners with Oracle using their program, Primavera Unifier.

A key component of our PMIS success is our ability to leverage best-in-class technology solutions, integrated within a BIM centric workflow, to support the entire lifecycle of a project—from concept and construction through ongoing operations and maintenance.


Virtual Design and Construction (VDC)

Gafcon, Inc. incorporates an Owner’s perspective to our implementation of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) solutions on capital building programs and projects. Our interest is not in specific software or narrow use cases, it is in how we maximize the value of each technology to assist project Owners to better define, implement, and manage a project’s scope.

VDC solutions are becoming more sophisticated and improving our ability to effectively deliver projects, but it can be a challenge to navigate and evaluate the growing number of applications on the market and their advancing functionality. We assist our clients in leveraging cutting-edge Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) tools as diverse as Building Information Modeling (BIM), Geographic Information System (GIS), IoT (Internet of Things), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), but within integrated and accessible solutions that address unique organizational requirements.

Gafcon, Inc. provides strategic consulting services to assist project Owners in articulating their vision, creating technology roadmaps, and defining requirements for the teams working on their projects. Our technical resources design, implement, and maintain the technology platform solutions required to effectively optimize Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) processes. We augment our client’s staff with the people they require in order to execute new best practices that increase efficiencies, improve quality, and mitigate risk throughout the entire value chain in the project.

Program Controls

Gafcon, Inc. delivers program controls that are more than just continuous process improvement based on our vast experience. We apply robust technologies with automated business logic or on-demand performance reporting. It is having the right people in place to identify, set, and manage expectations while having the resources to effectively mitigate risks that may adversely affect desired outcomes. Our collaborative connection with a variety of clients allows us to transfer skills and knowledge from industry to industry, from one successful project to the next.

A successful program or project is not without strong governance to support an effective program controls infrastructure. The integration of effective controls in an established governance model is an art as well as a science, and one of the many features of The Gafcon Way. We continue to build upon key foundations in program controls such as scope planning and management, cost and fund management, change management, schedule management, and risk management. These functions, when executed properly, are drivers to deliver a comprehensive assessment of any program or project. Quality assurance and controls reinforce best practices and identify areas for improvement while performance reporting is our real-time measurement of where we are and where we must go.

Our Program Controls Services include:

  • Governance design
  • Schedule management
  • Procurement and contract management
  • Scope management and change control
  • Document management
  • Impact management
  • Cost management
  • Fund management
  • Quality assurance and quality control
  • Performance reporting

Gafcon, Inc.’s BIM Journey

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