Software specialist Elecosoft has launched a new version of its flagship construction project management solution, Asta Powerproject to support the growing need for 4D BIM for project planners.

With the integrated BIM module in Asta Powerprojectv14.0.03 users can combine 3D BIM models with the project activity scheduling data in a seamless application to deliver a 4D time sequence, says the company. Used in conjunction with Bidcon, Elecosoft’s cost estimation solution, this version of Asta Powerproject is also said to deliver powerful 5D project planning that enables users to plan and track BIM project costings.

The continuing digital transformation of the construction industry and rising use of BIM in private, as well as public sector projects, means that construction project managers require tools that give them complete planning control, and crystal-clear visibility, to enable informed decision-making. Elecosoft say users have asked for more editorial control on data input, editing and reporting, which this update is designed to deliver.

New features in this release include the ability to:

  • Add site objects, such as cranes or porta cabins, to the model display for an enhanced visual representation of how a site will appear at various stages of a project
  • Click and drag on model objects for manual splitting for precise definition of where to split them
  • Display a moving dropline across the bar chart during timeline simulation.

Jason Ruddle, Managing Director of Elecosoft comments: “Feedback from our customers always drives our product development. With the increasing use of BIM, maintaining a clear integrated view of project programmes with as built progress is becoming essential.

“In the next few years digital construction will become the norm, not the exception and our tools will play a role in helping users maximise the opportunities it brings not just for project efficiency, but business success.”