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5 Steps To Successfully Implement IDD — and the Proven Benefits of Making the Shift

June 2024

Developers and builders saw faster project timelines, reduced costs, better quality and improved compliance with IDD.

Singapore’s $25 billion construction industry is a known sustainable and digital construction leader. That success didn’t come overnight. It’s the product of a coordinated effort to transform once-cumbersome workflows across all project phases, from conception through operation. 

Now, Singapore’s construction sector is poised to level up even further as it embraces integrated digital delivery (IDD), which promises to eliminate bottlenecks and data silos at each stage of the build. 

With IDD, a cutting-edge approach to design and construction that has gained traction globally over the last two decades, architecture, engineering, construction and operations (AECO) firms working in Singapore can see the benefits of a connected construction ecosystem that brings all physical and digital information about a project into a collaborative data environment (CDE). 

Those benefits include the ability for all stakeholders to access real-time data whenever and wherever they need it — whether in the field, a local office or a meeting room halfway around the world. 

Aiding in the adoption of IDD is LeapThought’s FulcrumHQ, a highly secure, cloud-based IDD platform for large-scale construction and infrastructure. The resulting dynamic intelligence empowers teams to unlock expertise and create smart, sustainable and trusted builds every time. 

The rollout of IDD across Singapore’s construction sector is doing just that, yielding outstanding time, cost and quality gains, including:

  • 65% reduction in rework
  • 55% less time monitoring site works and managing projects
  • 50% less time on design coordination and approvals
  • 30% less time reviewing and approving documents

Can North American firms see the same success with IDD? We believe they can. In this blog post, we’ll walk through five steps North American firms should prioritize when bringing IDD to their projects and what they can expect to gain as a result. 

5 Steps To Realize the Gains From IDD Implementation

Here are five proven steps to make the IDD transition and what North American firms can learn about adopting IDD in their markets: 

1. Choose the right platform

Using Fulcrum HQ, early adopters leverage a central, cloud-based platform to connect all stakeholders and enable collaboration. The upfront coordination speeds up approvals, reduces delays and dramatically minimizes rework.

2. Optimize building information modeling (BIM)

Using a BIM-centric platform such as FulcrumHQ offers new BIM capabilities that help transition users to processing coordinated BIM submissions, a significant step away from traditional 2D processing. This step ensures all stakeholders can make decisions using the BIM model, enabling it to serve as a single source of truth for the project.

3. Lean on AI

Augmented machine intelligence helps detect quality and compliance issues before they become problems. It also enables the team to create interactive BIM visualizations that aid stakeholders in completing checks.

4. Integrate across the project

FulcrumHQ’s integration with multiple backends and portals offers bidirectional interoperability across BIM and geographic information system datasets, collaboration and submission insights. As a result, teams can effectively compute design compliance, ensuring that enterprises maintain end-to-end data flow with existing systems.

5. Unlock the true power of data

FulcrumHQ’s data integration allows teams to create rich, meaningful and interactive dashboards for all parties to stay on top of their project contexts. This addition brings massive time and efficiency gains.

By taking steps such as these, project teams can achieve a new level of standardization, repeatability, compliance and transparency throughout the construction lifecycle. Developers benefit from overall cost savings, reduced compliance risks and efficiency gains realized through coordinated responses.

Bring IDD’s Benefits to Your Project Team

AECO contractors and stakeholders using IDD have a true one-stop shop for project collaboration. 

Consider these benefits: 

  • Coordination: Team members on IDD projects can communicate quickly and effectively because they are no longer limited by competing systems that don’t properly integrate. Moreover, they can trust the building model rather than feel like they have to redo that work because they can see where the data came from and what updates have been made along the way.
  • Accountability: All stakeholders on IDD projects have full traceability and chronology from the initial submissions through all resubmissions. Version control ensures consistency and traceability from creation to resolution. 
  • Innovation: The CDE — core to every IDD project — serves as a digital backbone, allowing large volumes of data to be indexed and made available for future analysis. AI-enabled platforms have the potential to support unprecedented innovation. For example, AI-enabled model checking can be a powerful tool in identifying and avoiding costly mistakes on future projects and optimizing design for better performance and cost efficiency. 

With FulcrumHQ, your project team has an end-to-end IDD solution that unlocks synergies and efficiencies across your entire portfolio, multiplying ROI along the way. 

To learn more about how the FulcrumHQ Integrated Digital Delivery Platform for Dynamic Intelligence can support smart communication and collaboration throughout the entire project lifecycle, visit LeapThought.com/fulcrumhq.

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