4D Planner

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About the role

Balfour Beatty have a fantastic opportunity for a 4D Planner to join our Major Projects team, this role will be based at Canary Wharf, London.

Our Major Projects business delivers large-scale, innovative, and complex infrastructure projects which keep the UK moving and the economy thriving. We operate within three principal markets; Transportation; Energy and Power, and Major Infrastructure.

As a 4D Planner you will be responsible for developing and implementing 4D models, integrating time and scheduling dimensions with 3D design. Aims to enhance project visualization, coordination, and communication by incorporating the fourth dimension of time.

The 4D Planner’s scope involves utilizing advanced planning and modelling tools, collaborating with project teams, and contributing to the successful and timely execution of construction projects through comprehensive visualisation strategies

What you’ll be doing

Under supervision of a 4D Planning / Planning Lead, contribute to:

  • Identifying planning scope, major constraints, and contract requirements alongside identifying major quantities and factors affecting the programme;
  • Use 3D/4D planning software proficiently, working individually or as part of a team to integrate inputs and produce high-standard outcomes for the project;
  • Integrate 3D models, understand spatial arrangements, and efficiently navigate software;
  • Manage the file system, incorporating 3D models, objects, labels, legends, and metadata as required;
  • Validate program sequences with 4D software, linking activities with 3D objects in an ordered and structured manner, displaying durations and appearance types to satisfy twin model requirements;
  • Modify the program to include necessary details for animation purposes, and monitor, gather, and incorporate accurate progress information into visual planning reports for periodic updates;
  • Manage 4D and video files, outcomes and produce, distribute, validate, and modify to final version high standard professional animation presentations for the benefit of the project;
  • Ensuring the 4D outcome is functionally compliant with BIM requirements, business management systems and project planning procedures;
  • Produce very detailed high-quality animations to facilitate description of complex methodologies and processes in a visual way to inform punctually or use commercially, e.g., tenders or client presentations. Use of the required 4D animation production and rendering software.

Who we’re looking for


  • Understanding of project management tools and software (like Excel, MS Project, Primavera P6 or ASTA) commonly used in the industry, as these are integral to creating and managing project schedules;
  • Competent in 3D and spatial representation: able to produce basic 3D models with modelling software like Sketch Up, CAD, Revit, etc.
  • 4D planning, able to integrate 3D models with programmes (time), creating a project digital twin. Able to produce periodic project reporting in 4D enhancing communication of the plan. User of 4D software: Synchro, Furzor, Navisworks, etc.
  • Able to produce basic animations to facilitate explanation of complex methodologies and processes for bespoke internal or commercial use. Able to integrate 4D outcomes with video editing tools to produce high standard presentations;


  • Demonstrated experience in planning and managing projects using planning software like P6/Asta;
  • Involvement in collaborative projects, where teamwork and communication skills were exercised;
  • Practical experience in using 3D modelling, Planning and 4D Planning;
  • Experience in construction or other sectors with transferable skills that align with the demands of the construction field.

Why work for us

Day in, day out, our teams deliver some of the UKs most ambitious, exciting and meaningful projects; developing, building and maintaining the vital infrastructure that supports national economies and strengthens communities.

Why join us?

As if contributing to and supporting work that makes life better for millions wasnt rewarding enough, we offer a full range of benefits too. You’ll have the freedom to shape the package thats right for you and your life. Here are some of our key benefits:

– Smart working, giving you more flexibility such as staggered start and finish times, with up to 40% remote working, where roles allow.
– 25 days paid annual leave (pro rata)
– Family friendly policies which include 28 weeks full pay for maternity/adoption leave and four weeks full pay for paternity/partners leave
– Pension, share incentive plan, volunteering leave, recognition schemes and much more

About us

Balfour Beattys Major Projects business is delivering some of the UKs most complex and iconic infrastructure projects including HS2, the new high-speed railway and the first nuclear power station in a generation, Hinkley Point C. Using the latest technology, were driving productivity and creating a lasting legacy by delivering sustainable solutions that strengthen communities.

From consultancy and design, to all aspects of construction and maintenance. We have the proven expertise to deliver large-scale projects safely and successfully.

Diversity and inclusion

At Balfour Beatty we believe that diversity and inclusion are essential components of any successful, happy workplace. Through our Value Everyone Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan, we are growing our diverse workforce and developing our inclusive culture where everyone is able to thrive and reach their full potential, regardless of their identity or background. To find out how we are making this a reality, visit www.balfourbeatty.com/diversityandinclusion

We are a Gold Award holder in the Ministry of Defence ‘Employer Recognition Scheme’ and actively encourage applications from Armed Forces personnel, veterans and reservists.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we are committed to working with people who have disabilities and long-term health conditions to remove barriers for them in obtaining employment. We are also committed to offering applicants with a disability an interview if they meet the minimum requirements for the role. For more info, visit: https://disabilityconfident.campaign.gov.uk/

We are looking to continually improve our resourcing process and ensure that it is fair and inclusive for all. If you have any feedback on the process, please share this with us at: candidaterecruitmentqueries@balfourbeatty.com

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