Managing Risk with Virtual Construction | PCL

Managing Risk with Virtual Construction

Before a shovel even hits the ground, PCL can simulate the design, construction, and operation of a project through the power of Building Information Modeling (BIM).

This means that the project gets built twice: first with the information model, then with bricks and mortar.

The virtual representation functions as a prototype for actual construction, enhancing PCL's ability to bring the project in on time and on schedule, by avoiding conflicts and coordination issues.


It is during the preconstruction phase, when the design is in progress, that PCL has the greatest ability to impact the construction plan.
At this time, PCL can supplement its estimating, scheduling, and planning systems with BIM, to optimize project design, construction,  and operation.
Using the virtual model as the basis for collaboration, the entire project team works together to define and implement a risk management strategy that addresses project-specific risks.


The construction plan is managed during the construction phase to deliver a project that meets clients’ needs. By combining BIM with PCL’s project management and scheduling systems, stakeholders can visualize the multitude of activities required to build a project in the most efficient manner possible.
One of the greatest advantages of using BIM during this phase is in the area of building coordination support. By creating an accurate model of each building system, PCL can identify clashes or conflicts between objects.
This early detection helps to avoid building coordination issues that can negatively impact the project cost and schedule–for all stakeholders.