BESPOKE TALK Series: Maximizing Benefits with the MacLeamy Curve

Investing early in the proper design process has advantages such as reducing on-site construction design changes and optimizing project cost. A building's improper design can cause a slew of problems; BIM (Building Information Modeling) and Integrated Digital Delivery can help to address these issues. This is reflected in fewer on-site construction design changes and a lower project cost. Investing early in the design process is critical for reaping these benefits.


Additionally, project implementation is simplified when multidisciplinary designs are hosted on a single platform. Project multidiscipline clashes are reduced by the company's use of BIM technology and integrating it into the workflow with other allied professionals. A multidisciplinary approach can deal with complex situations or problems by combining the skills of various disciplines to develop holistic solutions.


In the worlds of architecture and engineering, the MacLeamy Curve is a well-known concept. The curve is based on the observation that making changes to a project becomes more difficult as it progresses. To reduce the cost of design changes, MacLeamy and his followers advocate frontloading design efforts. In this article, we will first delve into the MacLeamy Curve and discuss its implications for architects and engineers.

The MacLeamy Curve

The MacLeamy Curve by Patrick MacLeamy, AIA, HOK


The idea behind MacLeamy's curve is that as a building project progresses, it gets increasingly difficult to make modifications. This is because it gets more expensive to make changes to the design as the project proceeds. If you want to cut down on the expense of making design changes, MacLeamy and his allies will have you believe that you should put in more work up front. This requires work to be done at the outset of the project, when it is easiest and cheapest to make adjustments to the design.


The MacLeamy Curve is a graphical representation of the relationship between project effort and the number of design changes that can be made. The curve shows that as the project progresses, the amount of effort required to make changes increases. The main point is that architects and engineers should prioritize their work to reduce the cost of design changes.


There are several reasons why making changes to a project becomes more difficult as it progresses. First, the project team may have already invested a significant amount of time and effort in the project, and they may be hesitant to make changes that would necessitate a restart. Second, the project may have already gone through several rounds of review, and any changes made at this point will need to be approved by all stakeholders. Finally, the project may be nearing completion, and making changes at this stage may cause the project to be delayed.


The MacLeamy Curve has significant implications for architects and engineers. To begin, it is critical to prioritize effort in order to reduce the cost of design changes. Second, it is critical to include all stakeholders in the design process so that they can provide feedback and approval for any changes made. Finally, it is critical to keep the project on track by avoiding any changes that would cause the project to be delayed.


Lastly, the MacLeamy Curve also demonstrates how investing early on in the proper design process can optimize project cost. By taking advantage of BIM and an Integrated Digital Delivery, the project team can avoid unnecessary cost and project delays.

Advantages of BIM and IDD

The design process of a construction project is critical to its success. By taking advantage of BIM (Building Information Modeling) and Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD), architects can minimize on-site construction design changes and optimize project cost.

Building Information Modeling

BIM is a process that uses computer models to manage and present all aspects of a building design and construction project. This allows for increased coordination between different disciplines involved in the project. An Integrated Digital Delivery is the use of BIM in all phases of a project, from design to construction to operations.


There are many benefits to using BIM and an Integrated Digital Delivery. One of the most significant benefits is the decrease in on-site construction design changes. When all disciplines are working together using BIM, potential problems can be discovered and addressed before construction even begins. This coordinated effort can save time and money by avoiding corrections that would need to be made on site.


Another benefit of using BIM and an Integrated Digital Delivery is the optimization of project cost. By avoiding on-site construction design changes, the overall cost of the project can be reduced. In addition, BIM can be used to generate cost estimates and track spending throughout the project. This information can help to identify areas where cost savings can be achieved.

Integrated Digital Delivery

 

In conclusion, investing in the right design up front brings benefits, including minimizing design tweaks during construction and maximizing the project's budget. as well as incorporating other complementary professionals to lessen the potential for conflicts between different areas of expertise on a project. For a building project to be completed successfully, the planning phase is essential. Hence, the MacLeamy Curve shows how spending money up front on the right design can save on overall project costs. Using building information modeling and an integrated digital delivery, the project team can save money and time.


" As a building project progress, it gets increasingly difficult to make modifications. "

 

Ar. Neil John Bersabe

Lead Architects


John Michael Jalandra

Content Writer

 

BERSABARC Design Studio 2022


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