The virtual construction department plays a critical role in both new construction and renovation projects. Through the use of programs such as Revit and Navisworks, the implementation of the building information modeling (BIM) workflow incorporates the use of 3D modeling, scheduling (4D), and costing (5D) with an integral database to allow for the capture and sharing of rich information associated with a given project.

The department provides services that span from the design phase through construction and, sometimes, into the operations and maintenance phase of a project. Additionally, the department works with the marketing department in the preparation of proposals and presentations to address site logistics planning and demonstrate Mascaro’s understanding of the projects.

Mascaro utilizes Revit for a number of Virtual Construction functions:

  • Model Authoring: Mascaro can author models, convert 2D drawings to 3D models, incorporate construction-related objects, etc. as required to meet the needs of the project teams.
  • Logistics Planning: Mascaro can create fully comprehensible site logistics plans that can be transferred to all members of the project teams. 
  • Schedule Linking: Mascaro can incorporate the schedule activity IDs into the properties of the modeled objects to allow the model to be fully linked to the project schedule.
  • Enhanced Information: Mascaro has the ability to incorporate design, construction, and as-built data into the properties of modeled objects to allow for the transfer of information from the construction team to the operating team and/or integration with facilities management software.
  • Estimating: Mascaro can extract quantities from sufficiently developed models, reducing the workload of the estimators, increasing the accuracy of the quantities produced, and ensuring that the subcontractors are able to provide accurate quotations.


Mascaro can utilize Navisworks to produce comprehensive 3D visualizations of the project, with the work of all project team members overlaid in a single, federated model. Making use of the federated model provides the project team with a higher level of communication and understanding of the intended design. Utilizing the analyses tools within Navisworks, such as Clash Detective and TimeLiner, helps to ensure that any potential issues will be identified and resolved in the virtual environment without ever reaching the field. The use of these analyses tools also helps to keep the trade contractors focused on a common goal, as they can physically see how their work impacts and/or is impacted by the work of others.