Besides Authoring BIM models, ENGworks can act as the project’s BIM Manager, from Design, Construction, and through handover for Operations.
We can create the contractual BIM requirements for the different stakeholders, create and maintain the BIM Execution Plan or BEP, lead both Design and Construction BIM Coordination processes, and monitor all parties’ follow through and deliver as per requirements and BIM execution plan, throughout the entire project’s lifecycle.
The BIM Execution Plan (BEP) documents the standards and protocols for how the team (GC, AEC Firms, and others) will work together in the design and construction of a project.
The BEP will define the level of detail (LOD) to be modeled, file exchange processes, naming standards, the roles the different parties play in the modeling process, etc. The more thorough the BEP is before work commencing, the more smoothly the entire project will go. ENGworks can assist in developing a BEP that meets both the GC and the team’s needs.
One of the most important goals of the utilization of BIM is the physical coordination of systems between disciplines, along with efficient and proper installation in the field. The ENGworks BIM Coordination process involves Clash Detection reports, Constructability reviews, virtual and/or personal Coordination meetings with architects, engineers, consultants, construction manager(s), and sub-contractors.
A very typical scope is when we are the project’s Lead BIM Pre-construction Coordinator. When performing Lead 3D Spatial Coordination, our goal is to develop, in collaboration with all stakeholders, a combined coordinated construction model to avoid re-work, delays, and change orders in the field.
Individual project schedules, Gantt charts, email alerts, documentation hosting, RFI logs, and project-specific group contact lists are all smoothly integrated into one easy to use, easy to access the site.
We federate the Architectural and Structural BIM models with those created by the different MEP Trades. We run clash detection and visual walkthroughs with Autodesk® Navisworks or BIM 360™ Glue, to resolve not only collisions but other aspects related to clearances for installation, proper space for maintenance, etc. We lead the weekly coordination meetings and make sure updates on the models are followed through until reaching Signed-off Models that are ready for shop drawings creation
ENGworks is fully capable of organizing and running the Coordination phase of a construction project. We have already led modeling and coordination efforts on dozens of multi-million square feet projects.
For contractors, the “low hanging fruit” for return on investment includes:
• Improving construction costs by identifying and correcting clashes and constructability issues before the construction team is onsite
• Increasing the chances of winning a project bid by showing thoughtful design approaches using the visualization techniques inherent in BIM-based renderings
• Reducing the number of change orders, which reduces administrative expenses and processing time during construction
• Allowing more fabrication to happen off-site, greatly improving yard management activities
Third-party BIM Model Auditing
During the course of any project, it is always sound thinking to verify the consistency of the information contained within a Building Information Model (BIM). Failure to audit the BIM will undoubtedly result in unreliable output data and, by extension, generate false reports.
To obtain trustworthy output from BIM, all documentation must be constructed while respecting certain practices, standards, and Levels of Development (LOD). Output includes Construction Documents, Constructability Analysis, 3D Coordination, Bills of Materials, 6D/7D Facilities Management models. It’s good practice to have an objective third party validate all BIMs developed at key points throughout a project.
With the vast experience that ENGworks holds in creating & validating BIMs, we can review designs to ensure specific methods (level of detail, naming standards, and other design criteria) are properly documented. ENGworks can serve as your neutral outside party to perform BIM validation. In addition, our BIM validation methods can coach a design team on the improved use of the BIM software.
How we deliver our services – Off or On-Site
All our services can be performed at our own office, communicating via web-based collaboration tools, video calls, and traditional phone calls.
However, we also believe that for certain endeavors a personal presence is required to increase communication, thereby maximizing efficiency. ENGworks designed a unique On-Site support business model, where we can provide on-site support by sending our BIM professionals to work at your office or in the field for some time (from a few weeks, months, or even years at larger projects); while the rest of the team at ENGworks supports you from our offices.
We also offer different types of contracts to suit your needs, such as Time and Material, Lump Sum, and Full-time engagements. Please contact us to discuss your next BIM project.