Optimise Construction Projects With Kreo’s What If Scenarios

Kreo Feature 5 What If Scenarios

Building information modelling (BIM) has been described by some as the construction industry's very own 'digital revolution'.

While that description holds some truth, even the staunchest advocate would acknowledge that BIM is currently falling way short of its potential.

The NBS describes BIM as a 'model, (drawing) on information assembled collaboratively and updated at key stages of a project'. In some ways, this strikes at the heart of what is currently holding BIM back from being truly transformative in the industry. The onus for ‘assembling’ and ‘updating information’ lies so completely on the collaborative work of human experts.

The computers and software packages we currently use to manage every aspect of BIM-based construction project planning should help us in powerful ways. But a range of critical problems means that this simply isn’t the case.

Firstly, BIM models are created by architects who don't have time to consider to how the model will be used by others. This means BIM models rarely conform to professional measurement standards.

Equally, errors in BIM element classification can undermine models entirely, since anything not classified correctly will be 'invisible' when creating a bill of quantities. A simple, innocuous error like a misspelling, or a missing classification, can completely destroy the accuracy of a quantity takeoff and cost estimate.

Why what if scenarios matter

This all creates a fundamental problem; human experts, throughout the process, are tied up in a maddening spiral of manual data checking and input. Project bids are often based on guesswork - and that’s just to deliver ‘any’ bid, let alone ‘the best possible’ bid.

Any changes to the currently do little more than send the manual data entry process back to square one. Everything needs to be recalculated, and reset, and re-done. And, frankly, there isn’t time to do it, because timelines are tight enough as it is. Nothing can be tested, as few what if scenarios can be generated.

We built Kreo because we believe there’s a better way to optimise projects. Experts in the construction industry deserve the opportunity to actually be creative and proactive in the solutions they offer.

Our starting point was this: the only way to unleash the creative potential of construction experts was to remove the burden of manual drudgery.

Every part of construction project cost estimating, planning and bid pricing could be done as well, if not better, by computers. As long as the computers were properly ‘taught’ how to recognise and treat BIM model elements.


If you can automate a bill of quantities, schedule and cost estimate accurately in minutes, suddenly, you’ve freed up weeks to make projects better! Time can now be used in the way BIM was originally intended for. You can work together with project stakeholders, instead of against each other. You can deliver projects that are successful, rewarding and profitable for everybody involved.

How to get more what if scenarios

So, let’s go into specifics. When a project manager imports a BIM model into Kreo, our software uses machine learning to review and evaluate potential problems. The project manager can then invite other people onto the platform to review their own areas of the project. After the model has been signed off, Kreo creates a base scenario in just a few minutes - automating the cost estimate and schedule process.

Then, project stakeholders have the ability to run simple, powerful what if scenarios. They can identify opportunities to optimise projects according to cost and time, and compare them, in your browser - to assess the implications of those experiments.

Optimise Construction Projects for Time or Cost With KREO’s What If Scenarios

You can compare a range of what if scenarios in a matter of minutes - then choose the best option for the clients’ needs. They want the project delivered quickly? You choose the best option for time. They want the project to run as low cost as possible? You choose the lowest option for total cost. At a glance, see how different scenarios impact on your labour needs, material needs, resource levelling, overheads and profit. Evaluate how those changes affect others involved in the project. And if you feel that your scenario is worthy of consideration, save it to the scenario dashboard to be considered by the team. The team can in turn use these scenarios to further optimise their own parts of the project.

The obvious upside of this is that construction companies suddenly have much greater control over their margins. It gives construction companies the knowledge to price their work properly, and fairly, ending the information asymmetry that has held margins down for so long.

What’s more, the data is there in black and white and can be shared as part of the bidding process. Construction companies are suddenly able to say ‘Yes, you can have the project to that specification, but it will cost X, not Y’. If the numbers don’t stack up on a project, the company needn’t spend its time bidding any more. They will have more time to bid on the work that is profitable to them.

Creating value, identifying possible risks - instead of spending weeks on manual input. We believe that’s the construction industry of the future!

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