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Our Virtual Construction Features


Virtual construction

At Shelco, we make it our mission to build better projects with innovative construction applications and lean construction technologies to enable our team to better communicate, collaborate and visualize. Our in-house Virtual Construction capacity pushes the limits of virtual construction technology.

Virtual models allow the entire team to weigh options, analyze potential impacts, and eliminate conflicts before a shovel hits the site. By taking a virtual modeling expertise and collaborative team approach, we’re able to save clients time and money while allowing for a quicker, seamless delivery.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process that brings construction projects to life before construction begins. Using BIM technology, our team will develop a 3D rendering allowing you to virtually “walk through” the building during design and provide very early input to maximize the flexibility of your space. Additionally, using BIM during pre-construction allows our project team to perform clash detection prior to construction which addresses constructability issues in the field and reduces change orders. BIM strengthens the building process by integrating enhanced information technology with collaborative planning, resulting in a streamlined process that saves both time and money.

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Our Virtual Construction Team transforms the way we communicate with our clients, design team partners, and subcontractors in the following ways:

  • Clash Detection – Once 3D models have been created, Shelco uses software to verify, coordinate, and check the modeled building components and systems against one another. This process is typically done before the fabrication of components has begun, ensuring all parts of the building will fit together correctly.
  • 3D Laser Scanning – Allows Shelco to precisely capture as-built conditions by recording all elements of the building and translating them into point clouds. These point clouds are then used in conjunction with our models to help understand the new design within its existing context or to verify installed components.
  • Visualizations – Allows Shelco to communicate design intent in 3D instead of a flat 2D plan, real time walk-throughs and simulations can realistically convey the look and feel of the new facility before a shovel ever hits the ground.
  • Constructability Analysis – Allows Shelco to review construction processes from start to finish during pre-construction phase to identify obstacles before a project is built to reduce or prevent errors, delays, and cost overruns.