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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Mortenson Construction Implements BIM Process on More Than 100 Projects Including Harley-Davidson Museum

Oh how I love getting these emails. Why is it all of the contractors lately have been getting BIM Experience Awards, and the architects haven't? I can't understand why that is. Hmm. I wonder. I really wonder. Oh yeah, it's coming back to me now. IT'S BECAUSE ALL OF THE CONTRACTORS ARE USING REVIT AND BIM TO BUILD BUILDINGS IN 3D AND THEY UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF BIM AND HOW IT AFFECTS THEIR BUSINESS. THEY KNOW THAT THEY NEED THESE TOOLS IN ORDER TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS AND THE OWNERS BENEFIT FROM IT. Oops. Did I type that in all caps? Well, accidents happen (especially in the schematic and CD Phase), but I guess it's too late to fix that mistake? Should I go back and correct it, or just leave it and hope someone else fixes it later. Nah, probably no one will even notice the all caps sentence. I have other things to do. I'll go back and fix it later. I have other deadlines now to worry about. Yeah, it'll be fine. Probably no big deal.

Geez, almost forgot what I was writing about. Oh yes, another contractor has adopted Autodesk's excellent tools and incorporated them into their workflow to product a better quality product. They use BIM to do it right the first time (like I should have used spell check above). I can't tell you how much I love this stuff. I'm truly amazed how how quickly BIM has been adopted by the construction industry and I'm so happy that my company has had an active role in the process. Literally, every day, we get another phone call from a contractor or subcontractor. Haven't heard from an architect in months, but the construction side of the equation has done the math and seen a huge plus in BIM.

I know, Gregory, shut up already. We get it. We know we need to get Revit and move to BIM. How many of these damn blog posts are you going to put up already. Hmm. 429 so far ths year and I had 425 for all of 2008. I guess I've reached my limit. No more blog posts for the rest of the year. I hit my quota of 365 in June. Nah, you know I can't stop. More BIM. More IPD. More LEED.

Now that I think about it, why do I have so many more posts? Most be because BIM has really taken hold, even despite the recession. That means that you architects shouldn't sit on your asses and wait for the recession to end before you buy Revit and start learning to use it. DO IT NOW! This is a recording. And so ends another passionate Revit3D rant. See you tomorrow morning in your inbox.

2008 (425)

Before I forget, here's the actual blog post.

Early Adoption and Exemplary Use of Building Information Modeling Earns Firm an Autodesk BIM Experience Award

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., July 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a world leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, has announced that Mortenson Construction, a Minnesota-based firm that provides diversified construction services, has been selected to receive an Autodesk BIM Experience Award.

The firm is being honored for using building information modeling (BIM) on more than 100 projects since 1998 at a total construction value exceeding $6 billion. Mortenson Construction is also being recognized for its use of Autodesk software for BIM, including Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Revit Structure and Autodesk Navisworks, on projects ranging from resort hotels to the Harley-Davidson Museum.

"BIM and Autodesk's portfolio of BIM software are a mainstay at Mortenson and are used in every aspect of our construction practices," said Derek Cunz, director of project development, Mortenson Construction. "In fact, we're one of only two pure contractors to be included in Building Design & Construction magazine's Top 50 BIM Adopters ranking from their 2009 Giants 300 Report."

BIM Process Solves Harley-Davidson Museum Challenge and Reduces RFIs on Tulalip Resort Hotel Project

The design scheme for the exterior of the 130,000-square-foot Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, WI, which opened in July 2008, called for exposed components to thematically echo the exposed elements of the historic motorcycles housed in the facility. The key challenge was to balance the scheme for the exterior with the need to minimize visual interference from the complex mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems required. To help accomplish the task the team used Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and AutoCAD MEP software as well as a single Autodesk Navisworks 3D model to assist in consolidating and hiding internal structural and MEP elements. The Autodesk Navisworks model (running on a computer in a job-site trailer) was used by foremen, superintendents and subcontractors to plan, communicate and review locations in order to help them fit everything correctly.

For the Tulalip Resort Hotel, a $130 million, 12-story, 387-room hotel, spa and conference center in Marysville, WA, that opened in the summer of 2008, the use of a BIM process resulted in a higher level of collaboration with the owner, architect, subcontractors and even onsite craft and trades people. The project team used Autodesk Navisworks software and traditional documentation to create integrated work plans (IWPs). These IWPs were layout drawings given to the field crews that consolidated the construction information for a specific task, combining standard 2D plans and elevations with 3D views from Navisworks software into one delivery source. By using a BIM process, IWPs and a single Autodesk Navisworks 3D model, the team was able to realize a 30 percent reduction in RFIs and a 26 percent increase in production of shear walls. As a result, the team was able to implement a fast-track approach by beginning construction using design documents only 60 percent complete and deliver the project in just 22 months, three months ahead of schedule.

In addition to Revit platform software and Navisworks, Mortenson Construction also uses many other Autodesk software applications to complement its BIM process such as AutoCAD and AutoCAD Civil 3D software. Master Graphics, Madison, WI provides Mortenson Construction with Autodesk software and implementation support.

"A 10-year plus track record implementing and promoting a BIM process makes Mortenson Construction a pioneer in the field of advanced AEC practice," said Jay Bhatt, senior vice president, Autodesk AEC Solutions. "It's no surprise that they received a Technology in Architectural Practice BIM award from the American Institute of Architects in 2003 and 2006, and a honorable mention in 2009. We're delighted to present Mortenson Construction with an Autodesk BIM Experience Award."

The Autodesk BIM Experience Award celebrates professionals and educators around the world who are helping to drive industry transformation through building information modeling. Autodesk honors organizations for their innovation, leadership and excellence in implementing BIM with the help of core BIM products, including one or more of the Autodesk Revit products based on the Revit platform and other Autodesk products that complement the BIM process.

BIM is an integrated process that allows architects, engineers and builders to explore a project digitally before it's built. Coordinated, reliable information is used throughout the process to design innovative projects, accurately visualize appearance for better communication, and simulate real-world performance for better understanding of important characteristics such as cost, scheduling and environmental impact.

About Mortenson Construction

Mortenson Construction provides diversified construction services, offering customer-centric general contracting, construction management, design-build, program management, project development and "turn-key" development. Mortenson has expertise in a wide range of project types, including healthcare, sports, science and technology, manufacturing, cultural, renewable power, government, hospitality, and corporate. Headquartered in Minnesota, and founded in 1954, Mortenson Construction has over 2,200 employees, operating in 47 U.S. states and China. In 1990, Mortenson Construction reached Engineering News Record's list of top 50 contractors, and has remained within the top 50 every year since with a recent jump in position from 38th to 22nd in the publication's July 2009 listing of nationwide, top contractors over the past two years.

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