4D Construction Learning Tool

Using new technologies will help attract the next generation of construction workers by showing all the interesting and varied work that goes into a project.

See the examples below for how one site at a university addressed this:

  • The contractor worked with the university to create a 4D learning tool to provide online open-source access to an interactive digital environment.
  • The system hosts 75 high-resolution 3D digital photographic surveys undertaken at weekly intervals during the project. Cameras are fitted to the building as the job progresses so the result is a live website with real cameras capturing the build as it progresses.
  • The 4D environment facilitates self-directed movement chronologically between surveys, horizontally around hot spots on each floor and vertically between floors.
  • The environment also incorporates construction resources including technical drawings, contract administration documents, time-lapse videos and interviews with personnel.
  • The tool includes a variety of learning activities and assessment strategies to support student engagement. The university students used the results for case studies and visual learning.
  • By the end of the project, the result will be a 4D learning environment of the completed building for students and lecturers to use to improve their learning and teaching.

The system enhanced students’ understanding of the construction process by helping them conceptualise what they had learned and facilitated collaborative learning.

See the link below for a trial version of the learning environment on a different site.

4D Construction Virtual Tour


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Monitor report. Willmott Dixon Construction. Surrey. August 2017.


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