General contractors lack the ability to use computers to simulate a construction process. There is no CAD for construction.
A general contractor surviving on operating margins of 3% — 5% cannot afford to take the business risk associated with poor project planning. This is even more pronounced in the face of the labor shortages, rising input costs and increasingly demanding owners that characterize today’s competitive construction environment. Without a way to dynamically explore a building plan, GCs are limited in their ability to value-engineer a project and become high-level strategic partners to their clients. What is needed is an integrated platform that can model the flow of resources through a project in real time, allowing them to explore multiple construction schedules with low latency and make smarter building decisions.
Stay tuned for ALICE’s next blog series on how ALICE addresses the challenges facing the industry with the world’s first construction simulation platform.