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ENGworks Deals Resorts World a Winning Hand; BIM Firm Says Its Models Will Help Huge Vegas Hotel-Casino Open on Time

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Resorts World is building a spectacular 18.6-million square foot, Chinese-themed hotel-casino complex on the Las Vegas strip. The first phase is set to open in 2020 at a cost of about $2.44 billion. Staying on time and on budget will be daunting challenges; to overcome them, Resorts World has chosen ENGworks, one of the world’s top providers of BIM.

ENGworks, a leading provider of BIM (building information modeling) services, today announced it has been awarded a major contract to manage the BIM process for the $2.44-billion first phase of the Chinese-themed Resorts World hotel-casino mega-complex now being built in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The company said the contract calls for ENGworks to Model and Pre-Coordinate all Architecture and Engineering disciplines as well as map out a coordination-and-clash detection plan for the Trade Contractors to achieve on-time, on-budget completion of the ambitiously massive facility, which began rising earlier this year.

With some 7.9-million square feet of planned construction over the next three years, Phase 1 of Resorts World Las Vegas will involve building a trio of hotels, numerous restaurants, a bevy of retail shops, multiple nightlife venues, and approximately 100,000 square feet of gaming space.

“There is a lot riding on Phase 1 being completed on schedule,” said ENGworks President Axel Kruger. “Our task is to find and map-out a clear pathway for on-budget, on-time completion.”

ENGworks will Meet Challenge Head-On

A major challenge facing Resorts World Las Vegas is that many different components of the project will be built concurrently, with up to 1,000 construction workers representing a multitude of trades on site at any one time.

Consequently, there exists the potential for knotty sequencing and scheduling conflicts. These can be avoided with the help of top-of-the-line BIM modeling and related services.

“This is why the owners decided to mandate BIM throughout the project’s lifecycle,” said Kruger, who added that “more than 75% of the commercial projects currently being built in the U.S. employ BIM.”

According to a Resorts World Las Vegas representative, “the larger and more complex the project, the greater the need for BIM pre-construction coordination – and, right now, there are very few commercial projects larger and more complex anywhere in the world than Resorts World Las Vegas. So the decision to utilize BIM was really a no-brainer.”

ENGworks won the Resorts World Las Vegas contract in September after the project owners – Malaysia-based Genting Group – included Kruger’s firm on a candidate shortlist of top BIM providers.

“ENGworks is one of the very few BIM services companies on the planet with the size and experience to handle a job as enormous as Resorts World Las Vegas,” said Kruger. “We offered exactly what Resorts World needed – advanced and robust technology plus superior expertise. Resorts World liked what it saw in our portfolio of high-caliber projects, which includes Disney Springs, a futuristic headquarters complex for a leading consumer electronics company, and many others which can be viewed at our website.”

ENGworks BIM Modeling will be Key

Kruger, who expressed great pride at being part of this construction project, characterized the work his firm will perform as a multi-faceted bespoke solution. One of the most vital pieces of that solution is BIM modeling all aspects of the project, he insisted.

“The design- and construction-efficiency of this project is tied in no small measure to the success of the job we do in producing BIM models,” Kruger said. “They are essential to helping the builders avoid bottlenecks and other surprises that could potentially slow down the pace of construction or run up costs, or both.

“Resorts World Las Vegas is an incredible endeavor. We at ENGworks are fully confident that our contributions – including BIM Modeling of all disciplines, BIM Trade Coordination, Overall BIM Management performed with our scrum/agile project-management methodologies – will be invaluable in realizing the client’s vision of Resorts World Las Vegas being a truly awesome place where people will flock for fun and excitement.” said Valentin Noves, ENGworks BIM Manager On Site.

About The Genting Group

The Genting Group comprises the holding company Genting Berhad, its listed subsidiaries Genting Malaysia Berhad, Genting Plantations Berhad and Genting Singapore PLC, as well as its wholly owned subsidiary Genting Energy Limited. The Group is involved in leisure and hospitality, oil palm plantations, power generation, oil and gas, property development, life sciences and biotechnology activities, with operations spanning across the globe, including in Malaysia (our country of origin), Singapore, Indonesia, India, China, the United States of America, Bahamas and the United Kingdom. In the core leisure and hospitality business, the Genting Group and Genting Hong Kong Limited, an affiliate which is similarly controlled by Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, market and offer a suite of products under a number of premier brands including Genting, Resorts World, Genting Grand, Genting Club, Crockfords, Maxims, Crystal Cruises, Dream Cruises and Star Cruises. Genting companies also have tie ups with established names such as Universal Studios®, Twentieth Century Fox, Premium Outlets®, Hard Rock Hotel and other renowned international brand partners.

For more information, visit The Genting Group at www.genting.com

Learn from our BIM experts @Autodesk University – Las Vegas 2017!

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Turn Revit Data into Useful Information with Visualization Techniques & Workflows
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM – Marcello 4505, Level 4 – Click Here to Read More!

 

BIM technology has been improving and its use is spreading in the construction industry more and more every year, reaching a point that we can make sure that it here to stay, but even today most of the BIM processes and workflows are clear and established for the geometric and visualization tools of the technology but not for the Data management. We all agree that the parametrization and the data provided by the BIM Software is the key of the everything, but even today is not really clear which are the best practices to obtain data and process it to understand patterns or get conclusions that can lead us into better designs on every project.

That is why the main objective of this course is to dig on the better practices to go from raw Revit Data to great visualizations that will lead us into better decisions and workflows on our construction projects.

 


Valentin Noves
is a BIM Manager at ENGworks, where he leads teams on medium and large scale international projects and provides support on geometric rationalization, programmatic solutions, development of computational workflows for interoperability and MEP analysis.  He has continued to push the boundaries of technology focusing on computational design and BIM to deliver buildings in ways that improves current working methods; from rationalizing geometrically complex buildings to workflow automation.  He is a Revit certified professional and a Lean Manager Certified Professional by the AGC

 

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

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

Sharing – a model solution

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There is a change afoot in construction. It’s not an architectural thing or an engineering thing. Building information modelling (BIM) is both. And more. It is a software that allows different professionals to work together on the same project.

“BIM is a leap forward,” says Melbourne architect Rowan Opat. “You are drawing lines but the lines have meaning. They have attributes. When you draw a wall, that is a wall. The [software] knows a wall is a wall, a floor is floor, a duct is a duct and a roof is a roof, a door is a door.”

One benefit of this is that the software can tell different professionals working on a project when there is a clash between designs. Eliminating such mistakes, traditionally a painstaking job, is taken care of by the software.

For a small, two-person practice such as Opat’s, BIM frees up practitioners from technical drudge work and lets them do more design.

The wider consequences of BIM, however, are huge. It represents a real change in the world of construction – a huge part of the economy – that according to one study could add 0.2 basis points (one basis point is a hundredth of a per cent) to Australia’s economy each year. And it is only just starting.

The gains in productivity are significant. Adrian Stanic, a director at Melbourne architecture firm Lyons, contrasts the difference between a design using BIM and one done on the widely used two-dimensional CAD software.

“Let’s say, you have a roof and you change your roof wholistically and have a new elevation,” he says. “Once that roof has been 3D changed, the changes will appear in all of those flat elevations and in each of those flat views, whereas previously, in the old scenario, you would be going back and would amend each drawing.”

It goes further, with functions that allow those on the design side to work more efficiently with others in the construction chain, such as component suppliers. Stanic gives a simplified example of a window schedule, the document through which a builder would order windows from a manufacturer.

“Fundamentally the schedule would tell the manufacturer: ’20 of these, five of those …’,” he says. “Through BIM you can actually create those schedules and they’re automatically updated from the model. If you add a window, it gets added to the schedule.”

Opat agrees. “The sky’s the limit,” he says. “You can tell it to weigh the paint [needed for a design] and it will tell you how much it’s going to weigh.”

The economic benefits of BIM come not just through a more efficient construction industry but in lower input costs that indirectly benefit other industries, a 2010 report on BIM by the Allen Consulting Group for the Built Environment Innovation and Industry Council says.

Widespread adoption of BIM could immediately boost gross domestic product by 0.2 basis points above the “business as usual scenario”, with that rising to 5 basis points by 2025, the report says.

“It is estimated that this benefit over the period 2011 to 2025 is equivalent to a one-off increase in gross domestic product of $4.8 billion in 2010 and that this benefit could be as high as $7.6 billion,” the report says. “There are very few options available for enhancing productivity that can be achieved on such favourable terms and without difficult-to-achieve structural reforms.”

BIM came about after the architecture, engineering and construction industries in the US started copying manufacturing, the head of engineering in the Asia-Pacific region for software company Autodesk, Rob Malkin, says. The design and construction industries both needed to resolve the same problems – to ensure components delivered were made to the right design and came in the right number at the needed time. BIM allows the construction industry to follow a just-in-time procurement process.

“When you build a car, you want pieces to show up an hour before that car is going to be built,” Malkin says. “Think about a building site four to five years ago. There would be piles of materials sitting there and exposed to elements for a month. Now, with these models, you can [create a] timeline: ‘On the first day I need these tiles arriving the night before’ … You’re not carrying the cost of inventory of those tiles.”

A note of caution is needed. Stanic warns against overstating what BIM can achieve. “There’s a real danger of people overselling what BIM can do,” he says. “There are a lot of people in the market, probably driven by the software producers, advocating incredibly high levels of what BIM can achieve. It might be able to achieve those levels but the problem is industry hasn’t caught up to that yet. A lot of people don’t know what it is, don’t understand it.”

The fact that information is being shared by different players is more important than the technology, according to a lecturer in construction project management at the University of Technology, Sydney, Jennifer Macdonald.

“Companies are making [3D] models, but that’s not really BIM,” Macdonald says. “What happens is that you get the architect’s design to the engineer’s office and then it’s far too detailed. There is lots of stuff in it that the engineering firm doesn’t need. They might be doing structural analysis. So they spend time stripping out [details], rebuilding the model for their analyses. There’s not that proper exchange. The idea with BIM is to cut back on waste.”

One natural brake on the adoption of BIM are the costs. Stanic, whose firm used BIM to design the new RMIT Swanston Academic Building in central Melbourne, says that in a firm like his with 70 architects, the $12,000-to-$15,000-per-software licence mounts up.

“It’s very expensive,” he says.

Autodesk’s Malkin, who says the cost is “under $10,000 on average,” argues that the greater cost comes in the lost working time it takes to train staff.

“The cost of the software is not the big part,” he says. “It’s not cheap but it’s nothing like having four people out of the office for three weeks to be trained.”

Stanic says his firm trains staff in BIM in-house.

Despite the software having been around for more than a decade, there is still a struggle on between rivals such as Autodesk’s Revit, Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD, Tekla BIM and Bentley BIM to establish themselves as the standard.

“Think about Microsoft versus Word Perfect years ago,” Malkin says. “The industry is going to decide what the standard is and how to drive the standard.”

It is still early days for everyone but the implications for built environment professionals are great. “Small practices suddenly are empowered to be able to do bigger work,” says Opat. “Which doesn’t necessarily mean a small firm can suddenly build a city but you can do bigger work. There’s a small leap there.”

Source: Sharing – a model solution. By Michael Bleby. BRW. July 5, 2012.

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  • Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
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  • Fort Drum
  • Clarian Arnett Clinic
  • Sutter General Hospital
  • Protective - Doors and Windows
  • Swedish Covenant Hospital
  • American Dryer - Automatic Hand Dryers
  • Mills-Peninsula Hospital
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center
  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Fort Hood Brigade Headquarters
  • Pittsburgh VA Hospital
  • Rig-A-Lite II
  • Salvador Metro
  • Astellas Pharma Company Headquarters
  • Sonoma State University - New Student Center
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FM contractors proving slow on the uptake with BIM

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Facilities management companies are lagging behind the rest of the construction industry in their understanding and use of building information modeling (BIM).

That is according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (UK), which says that the FM sectors needs to “wake up to BIM”.

RICS is calling for more ambitious sector targets to raise awareness of BIM and its benefits to facilities management (FM). RICS is concerned that the FM industry is missing out on the value BIM can bring to running buildings.

A recent BIM4FM survey revealed a significant lack of understanding on BIM and how it can be used within the built environment, with 35% of the FM professionals surveyed not knowing about BIM or its uses.

As part of the BIM4FM group, RICS is now working to promote awareness and ultimately adoption of BIM by FM professionals.

Johnny Dunford, global commercial property director at RICS, said: “Clearly the benefits of BIM and the competitive advantage it provides are not fully appreciated by the FM industry. RICS is eager to address this to ensure the profession is not left behind but instead seizes the opportunities presented by new technologies.

“It is vital that the entire property industry works together to ensure the data BIM produces is transferable across the different professions operating at every stage of a building’s life-cycle. By embracing BIM, FM professionals not only gain additional skills but can also become involved at the design stage as an educated consultant.”

Source: FM contractors proving slow on the uptake with BIM. The Construction Index. October 29, 2013.

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

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The Australian Department of Defence has emerged at the forefront of efforts to incorporate Building Information Modelling (BIM), using it to enhance the development and operation of its vast portfolio of assets.

Brigadier Darren Naumann, acting head of infrastructure for the Department of Defence, said in a recent presentation on enhancing project outcomes that the department is taking the lead in the implementation of BIM amongst government bodies.

Areas where BIM is being put into practice include facilities for maritime patrol systems acquired under the AIR 7000 Phase 2 project, air warfare destroyer and landing helicopter dock sustainment facilities, and the Moorebank Units Relocation (MUR) project.

BIM and related digital engineering technologies are already being applied to the MUR project, which will see units based at Moorebank – including the School of Military Engineering – shifted to new, purpose-built facilities at Holsworthy Barracks in western Sydney.

Three-dimensional modelling – the most fundamental component of BIM – is being applied to health and safety reviews in order to better prevent hazards such as excavation collapses and underground service strikes.

More advanced 4D BIM – which adds the dimension of time to virtual modelling – is being applied to construction planning and program tracking for the overall building schedule.

The Department of Defence expects the use of BIM to bring manifold benefits to the project, including reductions in error rates and wastage, increases to buildability and efficiency, enhanced safety, and optimized decision-making.

The benefits will also extend beyond the design and build phase of the project, with BIM models slated for incorporation into management systems to improve the performance of maintenance procedures and the collection of critical asset data.

The lead taken by the department on BIM marks a major step forward in efforts to foster the adoption of the new design and construction methodology.

The Department of Defence is one of the biggest asset owners in the country with over 30,000 properties in its portfolio, annual capital expenditures in excess of $1 billion, and annual estate maintenance costs of more than $450 million.

Measures to promote BIM in Australia nonetheless lag behind many other countries such as the UK and Singapore, who have both set deadlines for when the process will be mandated for developments of a certain scale.

Speaking at the sidelines of the Bentley Advantage Conference in Brisbane, Bentley vice-president for the South-East Asia Pacific Alan Savin recommended the Australian Government look to the examples set by these nations with respect to BIM implementation.

“Australia has strong ties to the UK and Singapore and can really just follow the lead taken by those countries in those areas,” said Savin. “They’ve really done a great job of stating what BIM means and helping the industry to get there.”

Source: Australian Department of Defence Takes the Lead in BIM. By Mark Howe. Sourceable. November 22, 2013

Our Portfolio

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

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