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Digital Twin Construction Management

The Principals at SWORD started their Lean Journey over three decades ago by adopting the then emerging technology of Building Information Modeling(BIM). BIM technology has become a de-facto tool for Architects, Contractors and Specialty Trades alike. At SWORD we have set the pace in model-centric design that encourages partners to work together proactively to remove silos and establish processes and performance standards that enhance trust, communication & collaboration. 


As industry thought leaders and coaches, we can assist your project teams in getting the best performance from the use of BIM technology and process improvement. We have perfected how to reduce risk, optimize schedules and decrease rework from project validation through commissioning.


Digital Twin Construction (DTC)

To keep up with the most current thinking in VDC/BIM Sword has become a member of The Digital Twin Consortium, an international organization setting up BIM management standards for Design, Build, Operate (DBO) life cycle of a building . 


Digital Twin Construction (DTC) is a data-centric mode of construction management in which information and monitoring technologies are applied in a lean closed loop planning and control system. DTC is not viewed simply as a logical progression from BIM or as an extension of BIM tools integrated with sensing and monitoring technologies. DTC is a comprehensive mode of construction management that prioritizes closing the control loops by basing management decisions on information that is reliable, accurate, thorough, and timely.

ISO 19650 Standards

Building Information Modeling standards have been developing for many years – there are multiple guidelines, principles and options available for BIM teams.  With so many options the topic of BIM standards has become increasingly confusing and many professionals are struggling to keep up. As an industry, we welcome the suite of ISO 19650 BIM standards to now provide a unified approach for Information Management. Sword can guide your BIM Modeling Personnel in the adoption of this important organizing standard. 


Project Validation & Pre-Construction

  • Sword Coaches teams to use the BIM Execution plan (BIMx) and other collaborative Lean tools to define conditions of satisfaction of key stakeholders and establish design decision priorities for a project from conceptual design throughout the Design-Build-Operate Cycle.

  • Create strategies for  using set-based design, target value budgeting and rapid prototyping.

  • Assist with defining scope and iterating design options for costing, construction logistics, pre-fabrication opportunities and schedule evaluation.

Design Development

  • Creating Design Development BIM models which provide a collaborative tool for early assessment of the design's program validation and establish pre occupancy benchmarks.

  • Design Development modeling for all building systems to provide the integrated project team with a collaborative platform that defines model hand-offs for continuous workflows and meet or exceed Owner's success metrics.

  • Establish non traditional management processes such as Agile Kanban and the Last Planner System ® to fulfill commitments to meet design excellence objectives and improve communication and collaboration.    

Contract Documentation

  • Coach team leadership in using Lean tools to create a network of reliable promises / commitments and to establish a learning culture of continual improvement.

  • Mentoring design teams in conforming to the BIM Execution Plan, which will inform the production cycle of contract documents, design data validation, and project team collaboration. This includes workflow logistics, virtual mock-ups, location based scheduling and first run studies.

Construction Administration

  • Assist teams in real time budgeting, workflow management, direct purchasing from the model, takt time simulations and other Lean supply chain management.

  • Coaching how to create BIM models that can be used by project teams in cloud-based model management to establish the Common Data Environment  (CDE) as defined in ISO 19650 protocol. 


Project Close Out – As Built/Record Models

  • Show teams how to use drones, laser scanning and other innovative technologies to create As-Built and Record Models that have downstream uses for FM Systems.

  • Apply Lean principals to support downstream Lean project deployment and hand-off of the BIM model for commissioning, operations and maintenance.

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