On Wednesday 2/22, we did another design-bid-build simulation again. This time we were tasked with actually designing the bridge.
We were supposed to submit our proposal by 2:23 but my team was unable to turn it in on time. This was because of the inability to use modern day technology correctly as well as indecisive actions that led to several changes to the design. We had our design complete and ready to be submitted with about 3 minutes to spare. As we were trying to submit the proposal using Google Documents, we had trouble uploading our design to the cloud file and eventually led to a late submission. I am not aware of how often this happens if this were a real life situation but I would assume it happens on occasion if not frequently. It was frustrating to have to deal with technical errors when everything you need to submit is ready to go. Submitting a proposal could make or break a deal, much like how the school system works with homework. I expect to have to deal with these kinds of mishaps in the future, and again just fortified my own personal rule of “no procrastination.”
For the Design-Bid-Build simulation, we didn’t use the computer for anything. We had a hard copy proposal and things went relatively smoothly. It was a little hectic at first for everyone because it was a first time experience and no one really knew what to expect but for the most part there were no technological failures from what I saw. This time the technological error was what prevented us from a timely submission. So… if I had to say one thing, the inclusion of technology made it more complicated. There are cases where it helps and others where it just hinders progression and complicates things that do not have to be.
Now going back to technology. I am assuming this somewhat was supposed to simulate BIM (Building Information Modeling) or some sort of virtual modeling. The structural engineers design the bones, the MEPs incorporate the HVAC, lumination, plumbing, fire safety measures, etc. and the architect would have the exterior and interior design in a virtual space. These would then all be combined together using a integration software to check for any disparities within the design. If there are any, they get adjusted and then given to the construction manager to start construction (final design and fixing errors will probably still be occurring simultaneously).