DBIA Releases New Virtual Design & Construction Primer and Position Statement

Decorative image of the covers of the VDC Primer and Position Statement

With technological advancements like Artificial Intelligence (AI), automation, drones and robotics impacting not only our day-to-day lives but the entire AEC industry, focusing on innovation and digital transformation is more critical than ever to ensure successful and positive project outcomes. 

Recognizing the significance that design and construction technologies have in the built environment, it was a natural evolution for DBIA to focus on how Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) can help design-build teams maximize their collaboration. Shared visualization, data quality and clear communication are fundamental expectations of design-build, and VDC is a powerful tool to help achieve these goals.

The latest release of our new Virtual Design & Construction Primer and Position Statement demonstrates DBIA’s commitment to being on the front lines of industry transformation through collaboration. These new foundational documents are key additions to the existing suite of Design-Build Done Right® resources offered by DBIA to help educate and elevate our membership and industry on the importance of VDC Done Right. 

Highlights of the primer include:

  • Key Terminology Definitions
  • How the Effective Use of VDC Can Improve the Industry
  • The Value of VDC to Owners, Designers and Contractors
  • Why Design-Build Is Optimal for the Integration of VDC

VDC Is People, Process, Technology (in that order!)

DBIA believes VDC is a people-first approach that optimizes the design and construction process while providing greater certainty of the outcome. The design-build industry is uniquely positioned to define project success for future generations of AEC professionals by focusing on our fundamental belief in the importance of people – followed by process and technology – to maximize project collaboration.

The “whole-team approach” inherent in design-build is an ideal environment for VDC to flourish, especially when an integrated project team of key stakeholders begins creating a platform where all the client’s goals can be embraced from the outset. 

“Design-build and BIM/VDC are natural partners,” said DBIA Executive Director and CEO Lisa Washington. “That’s why we’re excited to expand DBIA’s focus to create best practices integrating these innovative tools and helping fuel design-build’s collaborative, competitive advantage.”

Learn More About These VDC Resources

Both the VDC Primer and Position Statement, along with many other Design-Build Done Right® resources, can be downloaded in the DBIA Bookstore at no cost.

For additional information about the development of these resources, register for DBIA’s Design-Build Delivers Webinar Leveraging VDC Done Right with DBIA’s New VDC Primer and Position Statement on Wednesday, June 28 at 2:00 p.m. Attendees can earn 1.0 CEU credit, and registration is FREE for DBIA members and only $25 for non-members.

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