I was talking to one of my General Contractor BIM clients today. First of all, I love saying that GC & BIM in the same sentence. Finally!
They've purchased Revit Architecture, Revit MEP and Navisworks Simulate. They had a Design/Build presentation last week against 4 other teams. My client took the AutoCAD drawings and created a Revit model of the building. They exported it to Navisworks and created an animation of the schedule and cost of the building as it was being built. Everyone was blown away with their presentation.
Want to know who was the most in awe? The architect who designed the building....
and I quote..."Wow, I was amazed to see the building in 3D. I had no idea it would look like that".
I ask you, how can you design a building in 2D in AutoCAD and have no idea what the completed building will look like? All in all, another successful client for my company. There's buy-in at every level of the construction company and they've asked me to help them get to the next level of Revit and BIM. Looks like our MEP modeling services are about to go into high gear.
They're also exploring LEED so IES is on the way! Every single contractor I've talked to and converted to BIM is 100% committed to BIM as the only way to their future success.
If you haven't already, please read the McGraw Hill report here.