Podcast | Creating a ‘construction time machine’ to de-risk construction


The latest episode of The Engineers Collective is out now.

Creation of 3D models of different phases of construction is allowing civil engineers to move into the world of 4D and digitally rehearse the work before ever setting foot on site.

Speaking to The Engineers Collective host Claire Smith, who is editor on NCE, John Sisk and Sons head of 4D planning Josh Hanson refers to this as effectively having a construction time machine to scroll forward and back through to work to reduce risk on site. Claire and Josh are also joined by Sisk’s regional 4D planning manager Liam Clarke and BIM Lead for UK Civils and Rail Rupinder Wilkhu.

The group discuss how BIM models and animation of design 10 years ago has now evolved to allow digital rehearsal and how Sisk has moved on that journey using Bentley System’s Synchro software. Liam, Josh and Rupinder explore how the techniques have benefitted projects they are currently working on and what the challenges might have been if they had not had the technology available to them.

The trio also share their expertise to give advice to engineer and businesses that haven’t yet fully embraced the potential of digital engineering in this way before exploring how the techniques might evolve in the next decade to give closer control on cost, carbon and quality.

To listen to the podcast click here.

The Engineers Collective

The Engineers Collective is proving truly global in reach, with a third of listeners based outside the UK. It is also appealing to an inquisitive, career-builder demographic, with 80% of listeners under 35.

Special guests on previous episodes have included Crossrail managing director Mark Wild, HS2 Ltd special advisor Andrew McNaughton and ICE president Rachel Skinner. All are available for download and all address current and ongoing issues around skills and major project delivery.

The Engineers Collective is available via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, A-cast, Stitcher, PodBean and via newcivilengineer.com/podcast.

The Engineers Collective is powered by Bentley Systems. Around the world, engineers and architects, constructors and owner-operators are using Bentley’s software solutions to accelerate project delivery and improve asset performance for transportation infrastructure that sustains our economy and our environment. Together, we are advancing infrastructure.

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