Democratization of BIM technology – Case Study

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Successful BIM Coordination for Small/Mid-Size Trade Contractor

For example, Hi-tech and educational owners, as shown on this video with Google and Stanford University, are requiring BIM on all of their projects. Sometimes, small to mid-size electrical, mechanical or plumbing contractors have a difficult time maintaining a full-time team in-house that can keep up with technology.

Through its partnership with ENGworks, Castro Plumbing, a Silicon Valley-based plumbing contractor, can offer its clients BIM capabilities as advanced or even more so than the larger players in the market.

  • Riley Hospital for Children
  • ONEC1TY
  • St. Joseph’s Medical Center
  • CH-2 Data Center
  • Bridgeway Mixed-Use
  • Henry Ford Hospital
  • North Carolina State - Centennial Campus Parking Deck
  • University of Rochester Medical Center
  • University of Massachusetts - Claire T. Carney Library
  • Northlake Data Center
  • Recabarren Business Park
  • Milgard - Style Line Series
  • Swedish Covenant Hospital
  • Disney Springs
  • Armstrong Ceiling Systems
  • Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
  • Manquehue O´Connell
  • Resurrection Medical Center
  • Sparrow Health Clinic
  • Milgard – Tuscany Series
  • Cardinales II
  • Silver Cross Hospital
  • Sonoma State University - New Student Center
  • Saint Jude Medical Center
  • Accident Fund
  • Fort Drum
  • Alto Palermo
  • Anaheim Kraemer Medical Office Building - Kaiser Permanente
  • Protective - Doors and Windows
  • Wellington Regional Medical Center
  • Milgard - ADA Doors Series
  • ProCure CDH Proton Therapy Center
  • World Trade Center Memorial
  • Fort Hood Brigade Headquarters
  • Promedica Toledo Hospital
  • Sacramento International Airport
  • St. Alexius Medical Center - Children's Hospital
  • World Largest Tech Company’s New Corporate Headquarters
  • Rig-A-Lite II
  • NIBCO - Ball, Butterfly, and Gate Valves
  • Palliser Parking Garage
  • Child Development Center at Fort Knox
  • Sutter General Hospital
  • Milgard - Quiet Series
  • Blood Donor Center at Fort Benning
  • HAAF 72 Man Barracks
  • St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center
  • Mills-Peninsula Hospital
  • Palos Community Hospital
  • Teknion Furniture & Furniture Systems
  • Harvard Dunster House
  • Mestek - Aztec Series
  • Regency Tower
  • Bilco - Roof Hatch
  • EAB 48 Man Barracks
  • St. Peter’s New Parish House
  • UPMC Passavant
  • Cooper Bussmann - PS and PMP Series
  • O’Keeffe’s - Ladders
  • Antlers Bridge
  • University of Chicago - David Logan Arts Center
  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Gerber - Lavatories and Water Closets
  • The UOA - University of Alabama General Classroom Building
  • Embraco – Compressor Manufacturer
  • Cleveland Clinic - Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute
  • Western Maryland Hospital
  • Delta - Linden Series
  • Pittsburgh VA Hospital
  • Rush Medical Center (Part 2)
  • Rush Medical Center (Part 1)
  • Astellas Pharma Company Headquarters
  • Lodi Memorial Hospital
  • Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
  • Rig-A-Lite - SAF Series
  • Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facility
  • Avanti Resort
  • Philadelphia College of Physicians
  • SMART Technologies - Interactive Whiteboards
  • Harrahs Cherokee Casino & Hotel
  • Lake Forest College Sports & Recreation Center
  • Milgard - Ultra Series
  • The Ohio State University - Lane Avenue Parking Garage
  • Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee
  • Los Angeles International Airport
  • T&S - Plumbing Fixtures
  • Georgia BioScience Training Center
  • Clarian Arnett Clinic
  • Northshore Skokie Hospital
  • William B. Ogden Public School
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  • Prudential Lighting - Aparia Series
  • VCU Critical Care Hospital
  • Target - West Loop Store
  • Wesley Long Hospital
  • Midmark - Modular Casework System
  • Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
  • CS Motts Children's Hospital
  • Department of Defense – Washington Headquarters
  • Children's Memorial Hospital
  • Milgard - Aluminium Series Windows
  • Teknion Altos-Optos
  • Salvador Metro
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center
  • O’Hare International Airport
  • OSF St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Clemson Bioscience / Life Sciences Building
  • HQ at Fort Lewis
  • The Palazzo Podium
  • Northshore Glenbrook Hospital
  • Emerald Point
  • Aria at the CityCenter
  • Arica City Center
  • Lutron - LOS C Series
  • HQ & TEM Facility at Fort Riley
  • Brigade Transformation Battalion HQ
  • American Dryer - Automatic Hand Dryers
  • Marathon Oil Headquarter

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AEC+ENG – Middle East Joint Venture

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Los Angeles, CA–(Press Release)–Today, ENGworks (www.engworks.com ) and AEC Resource (www.aecres.com) announced the establishment of AEC+ENG Middle East, a joint venture with the purpose of providing Building Information Modeling and related services in the Middle East market.

“ENG is very pleased to partner with AEC, which is a highly respected leader in BIM consultancy, but also adds Laser Scanning and high end 3D visualization services to our portfolio of offerings,” said Axel Kruger, President of ENGworks. “AEC will help us increase competitiveness in the region and bring years of Laser Scanning experience to the table, which is a service that is in high demand. ENG will continue to look for new ways to build global partnerships that drive growth and success for the company, our partners, and our clients.”

Diego Cotsifis, Director of AEC Resource, commented: “We view our new joint venture as a natural evolution of the working relationship that has existed between us and ENG for more than 10 years. In the Middle East, we began working together in Saudi Arabia on a large Hospital project two years ago and we always viewed ourselves operating in a real spirit of partnership. This new JV will allow us to provide further help to our clients in the region and is truly a win-win proposition for all involved”.

The joint venture entity will be formed and the new operating structure implemented in the second quarter of 2017.  In Qatar, AEC+ENG Middle East will operate in partnership with NCS, who is our local office in Doha [Mohamed Sallam, mohamed.sallam@ncs-me.com,   Mobile: +974 55231467. For the rest of the countries of the Region Tariq Abu-Laila, [tariq.abulaila@engworks.com , Mobile: +965 – 99085485], will continue be our Region al Director, based in our Kuwait office and covering among other countries the UAE where we will be opening an office soon.

The joint venture allows ENG, AEC and NCS Qatar to achieve greater scale, become more competitive and improve support to our clients across these countries.


Contacts

Diego Cotsifis
Global Director AEC+ENG MIDDLE EAST, LLC
Email: dcotsifis@aecres.com

Contact AEC+ENG MIDDLE EAST – Kuwait, UAE, …completar

Tariq Abu-Laila
Business Development Manager
Mobile: +965.9908.5485
Email: tariq.abulaila@engworks.com

Contact AEC+ENG MIDDLE EAST – QATAR

Mohamed Sallam
Sales Manager IT/BIM
Mobile: + 974 55231467
Email: mohamed.sallam@ncs-me.com

Case Study: YouBIM & IBM Maximo Integration

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Maine General Hospital

The Challenge

Integrate YouBIM into the Maximo environment (traditional static directory tree navigation)

The world leading solution from IBM, Maximo is one of the most widely deployed CMMS solutions that helps manage every aspect of facility management.

YouBIM is a SAAS (Software as a Service) cloud based solution that brings an integrated database and instant access to facility information through an easy-to-navigate 3D/BIM (Building Information Modeling) interface.

The story

When Robins & Morton construction (a top 10 ENR rated health care builder) and MaineGeneral Healthcareteamed up to build the largest IPD (Integrated Project Delivery) hospital in North America they knew they wanted to take BIM to the next level.

MaineGeneral relies on Maximo to manage all of their existing facilities and would also be deploying in on this the newest property.

The key elements of their requirements: ease of use, smooth 3D navigation, scalability, seamless integration between Maximo and the 3D models, disaster planning and integration into the Buildings Automation Systems(BAS).

YouBIM has been implemented using the 3D model geometry tied and configured to the deep feature tools of Maximo. Inside the YouBIM environment users get the full benefits of navigating their building in a virtual online landscape, while getting all the benefits of Maximo powerful database and support features. By using the YouBIM 3D model for their facility engineering, facility techs and janitorial staff get immediate locational information about a problem in their building, and also can access the power of Maximo support database.

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  • Anaheim Kraemer Medical Office Building - Kaiser Permanente
  • Sacramento International Airport
  • Los Angeles International Airport
  • Northlake Data Center
  • Cooper Bussmann - PS and PMP Series
  • T&S - Plumbing Fixtures
  • St. Alexius Medical Center - Children's Hospital
  • Fort Drum
  • OSF St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Protective - Doors and Windows
  • North Carolina State - Centennial Campus Parking Deck
  • Philadelphia College of Physicians
  • Western Maryland Hospital
  • Alto Palermo
  • Child Development Center at Fort Knox
  • EAB 48 Man Barracks
  • Aria at the CityCenter
  • Cleveland Clinic - Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute
  • Milgard - Quiet Series
  • Northshore Skokie Hospital
  • Sparrow Health Clinic
  • Department of Defense – Washington Headquarters
  • Delta - Linden Series
  • Pittsburgh VA Hospital
  • Salvador Metro
  • Promedica Toledo Hospital
  • St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center
  • Fort Hood Brigade Headquarters
  • Cardinales II
  • Teknion Altos-Optos
  • Palos Community Hospital
  • HQ & TEM Facility at Fort Riley
  • Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
  • Georgia BioScience Training Center
  • World Largest Tech Company’s New Corporate Headquarters
  • Rig-A-Lite - SAF Series
  • Clemson Bioscience / Life Sciences Building
  • Arica City Center
  • Palliser Parking Garage
  • HAAF 72 Man Barracks
  • Lutron - LOS C Series
  • Antlers Bridge
  • Teknion Furniture & Furniture Systems
  • ProCure CDH Proton Therapy Center
  • Harrahs Cherokee Casino & Hotel
  • VCU Critical Care Hospital
  • Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee
  • SMART Technologies - Interactive Whiteboards
  • Armstrong Ceiling Systems
  • Milgard – Tuscany Series
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center
  • Milgard - ADA Doors Series
  • Northshore Glenbrook Hospital
  • CS Motts Children's Hospital
  • Sutter General Hospital
  • Emerald Point
  • Resurrection Medical Center
  • Milgard - Ultra Series
  • Accident Fund
  • ONEC1TY
  • University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Silver Cross Hospital
  • Milgard - Style Line Series
  • The Ohio State University - Lane Avenue Parking Garage
  • The UOA - University of Alabama General Classroom Building
  • Regency Tower
  • World Trade Center Memorial
  • O’Keeffe’s - Ladders
  • Rig-A-Lite II
  • Wellington Regional Medical Center
  • Midmark - Modular Casework System
  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Mills-Peninsula Hospital
  • Recabarren Business Park
  • Bridgeway Mixed-Use
  • Target - West Loop Store
  • Prudential Lighting - Aparia Series
  • Henry Ford Hospital
  • Avanti Resort
  • Wesley Long Hospital
  • O’Hare International Airport
  • Disney Springs
  • Milgard - Aluminium Series Windows
  • American Dryer - Automatic Hand Dryers
  • Swedish Covenant Hospital
  • Gerber - Lavatories and Water Closets
  • University of Massachusetts - Claire T. Carney Library
  • HQ at Fort Lewis
  • Children's Memorial Hospital
  • Sonoma State University - New Student Center
  • Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facility
  • UPMC Passavant
  • Mestek - Aztec Series
  • Lake Forest College Sports & Recreation Center
  • St. Peter’s New Parish House
  • Bilco - Roof Hatch
  • Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
  • William B. Ogden Public School
  • Rush Medical Center (Part 1)
  • Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
  • The Palazzo Podium
  • Astellas Pharma Company Headquarters
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  • Harvard Dunster House
  • CH-2 Data Center
  • St. Joseph’s Medical Center
  • Blood Donor Center at Fort Benning
  • University of Chicago - David Logan Arts Center
  • Rush Medical Center (Part 2)
  • Saint Jude Medical Center
  • NIBCO - Ball, Butterfly, and Gate Valves
  • Marathon Oil Headquarter
  • Riley Hospital for Children
  • Brigade Transformation Battalion HQ
  • Embraco – Compressor Manufacturer
  • Manquehue O´Connell
  • Clarian Arnett Clinic
  • Lodi Memorial Hospital

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Case Study: BIM for Fabrication Healthcare Facility

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Case Study – BIM for Fabrication – Treasure Coast Behavioral Care Facility

The Treasure Coast Behavioral Care Facility is a newly constructed 80 bed facility in the city of Stuart on Florida’s beautiful Treasure Coast.

Stokes Mechanical Contractor, Inc. a reputable Contractor from Lake Worth, Florida, was awarded the full scope of the Mechanical and Plumbing trades on the project. To stay ahead and remain competitive, Stokes embraced BIM Coordination and BIM to Fabrication.

After great past experiences working together, Stokes called ENGworks to again be its BIM partner on the job. ENG provided Mechanical and Plumbing Modeling, BIM Coordination with the other trades, Shop/Installation Drawings, Spools and points for the Trimble Robotic Station. Stokes and ENG blended as one Team, and this was key to the success of the project.

The BIM Coordination process was performed through weekly virtual coordination meetings. The architect, structural engineer, the Stokes/ENGworks team and other Contractors were present. After areas where fully coordinated, the models were signed off. From those models, ENG created the spool drawings that were used by the Stokes team to produce the racks at their fab shop. The shop cut and pre-assembled each piece which reduced the material waste to almost zero. The racks were then transported to the construction site and installed in a fraction of the time. This greatly reduced labor cost compared to traditional methods.

ENG also added Trimble points to the BIM Models. This allowed Stokes Mechanical team on Site to layout hangers, sleeves and underground pipe very efficiently, using the Trimble Robotic Total Station.

  • Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
  • Promedica Toledo Hospital
  • Rig-A-Lite II
  • Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
  • North Carolina State - Centennial Campus Parking Deck
  • Northshore Skokie Hospital
  • Salvador Metro
  • UPMC Passavant
  • Clarian Arnett Clinic
  • Emerald Point
  • Milgard – Tuscany Series
  • Resurrection Medical Center
  • Cleveland Clinic - Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute
  • St. Joseph’s Medical Center
  • ProCure CDH Proton Therapy Center
  • Palliser Parking Garage
  • Sonoma State University - New Student Center
  • Embraco – Compressor Manufacturer
  • Rush Medical Center (Part 2)
  • Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
  • Anaheim Kraemer Medical Office Building - Kaiser Permanente
  • St. Peter’s New Parish House
  • Cardinales II
  • VCU Critical Care Hospital
  • Henry Ford Hospital
  • Lodi Memorial Hospital
  • Northshore Glenbrook Hospital
  • University of Massachusetts - Claire T. Carney Library
  • Sacramento International Airport
  • Fort Drum
  • Blood Donor Center at Fort Benning
  • Delta - Linden Series
  • Target - West Loop Store
  • Georgia BioScience Training Center
  • EAB 48 Man Barracks
  • Accident Fund
  • Milgard - Aluminium Series Windows
  • Aria at the CityCenter
  • Mestek - Aztec Series
  • World Trade Center Memorial
  • Protective - Doors and Windows
  • Children's Memorial Hospital
  • NIBCO - Ball, Butterfly, and Gate Valves
  • Western Maryland Hospital
  • Harvard Dunster House
  • Midmark - Modular Casework System
  • St. Alexius Medical Center - Children's Hospital
  • Milgard - Ultra Series
  • Swedish Covenant Hospital
  • CS Motts Children's Hospital
  • T&S - Plumbing Fixtures
  • Recabarren Business Park
  • Marathon Oil Headquarter
  • Pittsburgh VA Hospital
  • Bridgeway Mixed-Use
  • Rush Medical Center (Part 1)
  • O’Keeffe’s - Ladders
  • World Largest Tech Company’s New Corporate Headquarters
  • Department of Defense – Washington Headquarters
  • Lutron - LOS C Series
  • Riley Hospital for Children
  • Prudential Lighting - Aparia Series
  • Disney Springs
  • Astellas Pharma Company Headquarters
  • Fort Hood Brigade Headquarters
  • William B. Ogden Public School
  • Gerber - Lavatories and Water Closets
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  • University of Chicago - David Logan Arts Center
  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Arica City Center
  • Sparrow Health Clinic
  • HQ at Fort Lewis
  • O’Hare International Airport
  • Palos Community Hospital
  • The UOA - University of Alabama General Classroom Building
  • Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facility
  • Regency Tower
  • Brigade Transformation Battalion HQ
  • Alto Palermo
  • American Dryer - Automatic Hand Dryers
  • The Ohio State University - Lane Avenue Parking Garage
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center
  • Wellington Regional Medical Center
  • Lake Forest College Sports & Recreation Center
  • Philadelphia College of Physicians
  • Avanti Resort
  • Clemson Bioscience / Life Sciences Building
  • University of Rochester Medical Center
  • SMART Technologies - Interactive Whiteboards
  • Armstrong Ceiling Systems
  • Milgard - ADA Doors Series
  • Manquehue O´Connell
  • Harrahs Cherokee Casino & Hotel
  • Rig-A-Lite - SAF Series
  • Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee
  • OSF St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Antlers Bridge
  • The Palazzo Podium
  • Child Development Center at Fort Knox
  • HQ & TEM Facility at Fort Riley
  • Sutter General Hospital
  • Teknion Altos-Optos
  • Los Angeles International Airport
  • Teknion Furniture & Furniture Systems
  • Milgard - Style Line Series
  • Wesley Long Hospital
  • HAAF 72 Man Barracks
  • Mills-Peninsula Hospital
  • Milgard - Quiet Series
  • Silver Cross Hospital
  • Cooper Bussmann - PS and PMP Series
  • ONEC1TY
  • Bilco - Roof Hatch
  • St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center
  • Northlake Data Center
  • Saint Jude Medical Center
  • CH-2 Data Center

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ENGworks at the 2017 AHR Expo®

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ENGworks at the 2017 AHR EXPO®

ENGworks will be exhibiting at the 2017 AHR Expo Las Vegas, January 30 through February 1st.

ENGworks will be one of the few BIM Services providers exhibiting and we look forward to see our clients/partners and colleagues, meet new people and form new partnerships.

AHR Expo, The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition, has grown into the HVACR event of the year and is held in major cities across the U.S.

The 2017 Show will be in Las Vegas, hosting more than 2,000 exhibitors and attracting crowds of 60,000 industry professionals from every state in America and 150 countries worldwide. It provides a unique forum designed expressly for the HVACR community, allowing professionals to get together to share new products, technologies, and ideas.

The AHR Expo is co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI, and is held concurrently with ASHRAE’s Winter Conference.

We look forward to meet you!

January 30th – February 1st 
Las Vegas Convention Center

Booth #C6931

http://www.ENGworks.com

Phone: 949.340.6924

 

 

5 Tips on how to choose your BIM Partner

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As a consequence of an explosion of BIM services demand, although there are still shortages of qualified BIM resources, many new BIM providers are appearing. If you decide to outsource work, you can find yourself with serious problems to the extents of not being able to construct, with payments withhold, because of choosing the wrong BIM partner.

Exactly the same can occur when hiring the wrong employee; however the intentions of this article focus on decisions to sub-contract BIM modeling efforts.
After speaking with several of our clients, we have coined five tips, on how to pick your BIM service provider.

1. Check specific experience
It is not only recommendable to find out how long the potential BIM provider has been in business, but also how long they have been providing the specific services you are requiring.

First check their portfolio and go into detail on what type of services they have provided for those projects and its claims. For example, if you are a subcontractor looking for someone to help you with BIM co-ordination requirements, a provider that only possesses “BIM design” experience is not appropriate. It is necessary to have a provider possessing “BIM construction” experience.

Everybody will probably claim 3D, 4D, 5D, 6D….XD. The reality is very few possess real lifecycle experience. So, ask for a specific scope of works on those past experiences your prospect providers have had.

2. Ask for references
Everyone can claim “we focus on quality” and “we provide the best service”, but just like when you hire an employee where their experience can always look fantastic, you need to check the facts. There is nothing like talking with someone that has already gone through the experience of working with such firm or individual.

When referring to such references, question specifically about “weaknesses”. One thing is producing a quality As-Built Model, another very different skill is producing BIM coordination for a sub-contractor, and another is providing a FM data-rich BIM model etc. It is also recommendable to raise the question of work quality, and how knowledgeable and how responsive the provider is.

3. Don’t confuse “low hourly rate” with your real cost
A low hourly rate is most of the times irrelevant when comparing bottom line cost. Obviously extremes are relevant; a really high hourly rate will affect total cost. There are three main aspects, first of all the quantity of hours a BIM consultant will take to complete a project. This can affect the total cost more than the actual cost per hour. Secondly, how much your own staff takes to complete the project. Finally, what would be the cost if the BIM work is not accepted by the client, or if you are missing deadlines and subsequently not receiving invoice payments.

Ultimately, a lump sum fee is the most suitable payment solution understanding “consultant’s direct cost”. Whereby, perhaps you can allow the “coordination” portion of the proposal to be T&M (Time and Material), because it can be unforeseeable, and you do not want the provider to inflate the quote just in case. However, it is critical to trust your provider of course.

If you have to babysit your provider, and your own staff due to a lack of BIM knowledge, this is where cheap can become expensive. For instance, if BIM deliverables are not on time, and not of acceptable quality, this is probably the main source of project deliverables pain. Alas, payments as contractor can be held and those are typically much bigger numbers than “BIM services fees”. When you hire someone that either is not experienced or does not have enough staff to deliver, this can be a risk.

4. Accessibility is critical
Expect for those rare cases where timing is not an issue, it is highly recommendable to hire a BIM consultant that is accessible, someone who responds to e-mails or calls within a couple of hours. This is specifically important for fast track projects. Accessibility depends mainly on a couple of things:

a) Company Culture to respond imminently or quickly. The provider can be in an adjacent building, but if they are not experienced in responding quickly, that can create a lot of stress during project performance.

b) Time zone is important to have a good time overlap, especially during a BIM co-ordination project.

5. Size…sometimes does matter
Company size particularly matters when a project is of a certain size, because a team with several BIM resources may be required. But even on smaller projects, if a modeler is sick and subsequently unavailable, it is essential to avoid an impact on deliverables. Furthermore, this is where defined company structure is imperative.

Finally, of course these are not the only important highlights; nonetheless these points serve as a basis when making the right decision for successful project delivery.

If you like to know more about how we can help you with your BIM needs, call us at 949-340-6924 or email: Axel.Kruger@ENGworks.com

 

 

BIM requirements: know enough to be dangerous

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Day in and day out we receive calls from General and Trade Contractors asking for help. They find themselves bidding a job or even having an awarded contract, where it is specified by the Owner that Building Information Modeling will be required for the Coordination process, Shop Drawings creation, As-Builts, or other. 

                                Axel Kruger – ENGworks

Facility Owners are recognizing that BIM lowers their construction risk, eliminating waste and ultimately reducing their final cost. The US contracting industry has embraced the vision and this has turbocharged its adoption. If the job is larger than 5 million in total construction cost, there is a big chance you will have BIM requirements. Especially if the project is Institutional (Education, Healthcare, Religious, Labs,…), Government/Publicly Owned, and even Commercial (Hotels, Offices, Retail). Residential is still behind in adopting BIM modeling.

Most of the times the BIM requirements can be found on the Specs, on Division 01 under the general conditions or in the Project Management or Coordination section.

You may already have BIM experience and even a BIM Manager on staff, and then this may not be an issue for you and this article may contain obvious concepts. But if you do not, don’t worry, you can still bid for the job and you can still win it and do it successfully. But to be able to do so, you need to learn enough of the main BIM concepts and processes. Not only to be able to maintain a conversation with your prospect Client (GC or the owner) and give them confidence you will handle the job correctly, but also to know how to request a quote to a BIM services consultant and later manage its deliverables. To make sure you comply with the requirements so that BIM doesn’t become the reason of delaying construction and payments to you and ultimately so that you take advantage of the efficiencies that it can bring you.

The intent of the article is to point you in the right direction quickly. BIM solutions cannot be learned overnight and this article is here to summarize the main points.

Of course unless you have an in-house BIM team, you will need to hire a BIM services provider that will perform the actual modeling and perhaps even represent you on all BIM aspects before the client and the rest of the stakeholders.

In most of the cases, these BIM requirements will only ask for 3D Coordination and As-Builts. This will typically imply having to create the BIM Model/s of the disciplines you are building (that may or may not state a specific software i.e: Autodesk REVIT, Bentley AECOsim), Coordination including Clash Detection, coordination meetings and clash resolution (that may also require specific software i.e: Autodesk Navisworks, Bentley Navigator etc…), and finally once model is signed off, the extraction of the layout/install drawings from the coordinated model.

In some more sophisticated clients you may see BIM for FM requirements or Lifecycle Building Information management. Referred to the data this models need to incorporate during the design and construction to hand over a data-rich Building Information Model. This requirement is less often yet, but we are seeing it more and more. Within it you may find a “COBie” requisite (Construction Operations Building information Exchange). Which is a standard on how the data has to be structured, organized and completed through the Design and construction phases. More on COBie at http://www.wbdg.org/resources/cobie.php

Here are 7 things you need to know to have a successful outcome:

BIM – ENGworks – LOD400

  • First of all, you need to be involved in the process, even if you outsource the entire scope. As contractor, you will be held accountable for the Model/s, that must be a virtual representation on how you will build it in real life. You are the one that ultimately knows exactly how you will install, and that knowledge has to be incorporated into the Building Information Model. You need to be an active participant in the Spatial Coordination process, so the clashes are resolved incorporating the criteria you would use in the field to resolve them
  • Beware of the existence of a standard for the Level of Development called “LOD”, that was initially created by the American Institute of Architects AIA, and further develop by the BIM Forum. This LOD described the precision of geometry and information the model needs to include. Including what elements have to be represented in this model. If you are a trade contractor, most likely you will need to create LOD 350 or 400 models. Which is a Construction/Fabrication level model. This critical that you pass it along your BIM consultant as a delivery requirement, and ideally you list the elements you want them to include in the Model. A good example are the hangers. A design model, LOD 300 has no hangers and that is ok for a design model. But to have a real construction coordinated model, you need hangers to be there because the take space and have a significant impact on the coordination.

You can learn more about it on the BIM Forum Level of Development Specification http://bimforum.org/lod/

  • BIM is not CAD. The overall purpose of traditional coordination and BIM coordination is the same. The ultimate goal is to get those Layout/Install Drawings so that the field guys can install. But the way to get there is different, with BIM the process is different. You will not see drawings right away, the center of attention is the model initially, it needs to be created first, go through that iterative clash detection/clash resolution/visual checks process until coordinated and then drawings can be extracted. The most important difference is that BIM is a collaborative process. During the 3D BIM coordination all the stakeholders must work together on the model, incorporating everyone’s criteria, to resolve the issues before going to the field. The drawings set up can be done lot earlier, and once Coordinated model is approved, drawings are ready to be dimensioned and tagged.  Bear in mind that these drawings are parametric 2D views of that 3D model, so you can do a significant amount of the work before the final model is signed off.
  • What if a Design MEP Model exists? If designers provide, let’s say a REVIT MEP model and designers have performed a design coordination effort. It will definitely serve as a guide, and you can probably consider that the coordination process can be somewhat easier, because you can assume more has been thought through than if it would be just 2D CAD. But unfortunately, you will probably need to remodel. In real word it’s a nightmare trying to transform a designer’s model into a construction model. No fault of the designer, because it is not his scope. For example, consider that at design stage there are no material transmittals, so there are no specific fittings, and the models will be created with generic pieces. If you only take that in account, replacing all fittings is most of the times more work that creating a new model with the right fittings. Additionally, these actual manufacturers fittings may force changes in the layout.
  • Who will be the “BIM Manager”? You need to find out who will take the BIM manager role, that includes gathering all other discipline models, combining the into a federated model, running clash detection, and then leading the weekly coordination meetings. This role is most of the cases from the GC, but we have seen many times the Mechanical Contractor taking this role, and in some cases even the architect or a BIM consultant hired directly by the owner, but this is more unusual. If you will take this role, you need to take it in account when you price the job, whether you do it internally or hiring a BIM consultant to do it on your behalf. If you are not going to be the BIM Manager, you need to still do your internal clash analysis among your own disciplines, and you will still be responsible of adjusting the model when modifications of your discipline are required.
  • What is the requirement for Handover? Be careful on this aspect, because each owner is different, and the requirement can go from just 2D As-Built Drawings, As-Building the BIM you used for Coordination according to as constructed conditions, to delivering a Data-Rich BIM, which can include a full COBie delivery. Also, lately we have seeing several projects requiring Laser Scanning the completed areas, taking the point cloud generated by this scanning and matching it with the BIM model geometry.
  • Select the right BIM Partner. Price is obviously an important aspect and I am not saying to ignore it, but do not make it your main selection criteria. BIM will not be just another requisite your need to comply with. We have seen many cases where clients hold payments, where construction is on hold because for example, model is not yet clash free, signed off and drawings cannot be extracted and signed off. So cheap may end up been very expensive. The right BIM partner is a company that has the experience and enough qualified man power to move at the paste the project needs to.

This document intent to give basic tips to those, especially Contractors and Subs that are not yet BIM experts but are starting to get BIM requirements or decided to move a step forward into adopting this technology.

There are a few documents that we recommend to read to get more inside.

The Canadian Associations MCAA, MCRF, NECA and SMACNA has developed this guide that is very easy to read, even without previous BIM knowledge: http://mcac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/BIMSpecialtyGuide.pdf .

There is also the National BIM Standard – United States – Version 3, that can provide clarification on scope, roles and process: https://www.nationalbimstandard.org/

Also, feel free to contact us for any question at 949-432-4204 or at Axel.Kruger@ENGworks.com or Celina.Parodi@ENGworks.com

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  • Alto Palermo
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  • ProCure CDH Proton Therapy Center
  • St. Joseph’s Medical Center
  • Manquehue O´Connell
  • The Palazzo Podium
  • Rush Medical Center (Part 2)
  • Northshore Glenbrook Hospital
  • Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
  • Cooper Bussmann - PS and PMP Series
  • Lutron - LOS C Series
  • VCU Critical Care Hospital
  • Marathon Oil Headquarter
  • O’Keeffe’s - Ladders
  • UPMC Passavant
  • Avanti Resort
  • Rig-A-Lite II
  • William B. Ogden Public School
  • Sutter General Hospital
  • Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facility
  • St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center
  • Palos Community Hospital
  • Brigade Transformation Battalion HQ
  • Rig-A-Lite - SAF Series
  • Salvador Metro
  • Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee
  • Western Maryland Hospital
  • Target - West Loop Store
  • Los Angeles International Airport
  • SMART Technologies - Interactive Whiteboards
  • North Carolina State - Centennial Campus Parking Deck
  • EAB 48 Man Barracks
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  • Milgard - Quiet Series
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  • Pittsburgh VA Hospital
  • Mills-Peninsula Hospital
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