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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

dODDS and ENDS: BIM and Specialty Contractors

I swear, this is a totally random occurrence. The post I just made about the structural contractor firm, well, everything I told them in the meeting today is exactly repeated beloew. Way too funny for words. I just forwarded this on to the folks in this morning's meeting. Anyone have any suggestions of what I say to the architect who's not getting Revit from today? Anyone who gives me a suggestion that works and he switches will win a free copy of Tools4Revit's Dynamic Legends. (Limit of 5 winning responses)

Repost: http://doddsandends.typepad.com/blog/2009/08/bim-and-speciality-contractors.html

In my travels I have the chance to present to and meet with various types of organizations. I find it interesting that specialty contractors are starting to see the benefits of BIM, when 2 years ago they were not sure how they could benefit. In this post I want to briefly share how two industries have been affected by BIM.

Most recently I talked with a Masonry Sub contractor and Drywall and Stub sub contractor who have yet to embrace BIM but were keenly interested in seeing how it could help propel them forward. Both of these companies still embrace the 2D or paper process of estimation and coordination to compete for business today. The typical process is to start on a weekend and hope to get it done on time... Ouchy! They also felt left out of the coordination process and wanted to get involved in the construction process earlier to impact the success of the building.

After getting to know a bit both of these companies, we started to see a trend. There are 4 goals that resonated between both companies:

  • Create faster takeoffs to get from estimate to bid sooner
  • Increase visibility in market with BIM and Visualization
  • Get involved earlier in the design phase
  • Gain a competitive edge

While their needs as a business are different, their end goals are the same and BIM is the process to help them get where they want to be in the coming months. In end they benefit from the same tools:

  • Revit for modeling and visualization
  • Quantity Takeoff for item quantification
  • Navisworks for coordination, communication and additional visualization


Anonymous,  August 19, 2009 at 9:12 AM  

Ask the Architect:

"Is your output (or product) process, documents or buildings?"

There is no Building in a drawing of a building but there is in a Building Information Model.

Anonymous,  August 19, 2009 at 12:14 PM  

If he is concerned about not being able to use his details (which I assume were created in AutoCAD), tell him he can import those 2D details into Revit and still use them. We have done that with a few of our details. I have been using BIM for almost 9 years now. I remember the 2D drafting days, and I would never go back! Yes, there will need to be some time invested in learning the software and creating templates with the desired settings, but the time that you save in production on each project makes up for it. With Revit, you draw it one time and you're done. And if something changes, you adjust it one time, and all views are automatically adjusted at the same time. I can't even begin to tell you how many errors this prevents. Not to mention, now that everything is in 3D, we have caught numerous conflicts between architectural and MEP elements...BEFORE the drawings are submitted and the project is under construction.

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