The BIM craze seems to be sweeping the valley for both public and private sector projects. Our team has been utilizing 3-D CAD coordination for years for coordination of electrical and special systems design-build projects. It helps the client understand what they are getting, eliminates confusion and space conflicts in the field, and provides the client with excellent record drawings of the finished project. In doing this we also reduce confusion and in turn increase customer satisfaction across the board.
BIM can yield a good return on investment, especially in the public sector where operations and maintenance falls on the public sector budget. We just need a better system for defining and costing the BIM “levels of service”. When that happens, maybe the return on investment of public funds will reach the same level as the current enthusiasm for its use.
The Wilson team employs full time BIM technicians. Approximately 80% of our CAD team workload during the past year has been related to 3-D modeling or BIM activities. Our team members have vast experience in collaborating with the A&E teams and other subcontractors in “building the project” before we build the project.
We can deploy on-site CAD technicians to ensure that the production of the record drawings is a continuous process. At the point where closeout documents are required, they are ready for delivery.
When conventional two-dimensional overlays are not enough to eliminate spatial conflicts, adding the third dimension can produce striking results. Data from manufacturer specifications is loaded into the system and the end result is a three dimensional view of the room with all the equipment in place. We deploy Navisworks, Revit, AutoCad, Autodesk MEP,3-D Studio, Photo Shop and Visio. These are additional industry standard tools that are utilized to enhance the presentation quality of our main design and coordination software tools.
When necessary, the CAD Department is able to provide detail down to the Special Systems level of construction. Any desired level of systems integration can be shown in both 2-D and/or 3-D design utilizing these services.
Whether the project requires 3-D equipment room layout, or full building 3-D design with Navisworks collision detection, our team has the experience and knowledge to provide the added value.