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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Klorman Construction Case Study from LAX Terminal Expansion Project

What a great combination, Trimble and VICO. Sure, design and clash detection is important, but 95% of the owner's money goes towards construction and operations. Any tool that helps speed up the workflow and process and allows for automation, is golden. Stick that up your layers and line weights.


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Trimble Buildings Case Study: Klorman Construction and the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX

What does it take to build a successful construction firm today? In one man's experience – a lot of grit, a lot of drive, sometimes sticking your neck out, and an ongoing commitment to the best technologies. In this Fridays with Trimble webinar, we'll take a look at Klorman Construction, one of the largest concrete contractors in the US, and their evolution as a high tech construction firm.

In particular, we'll examine how Klorman used Trimble technologies to differentiate themselves during the bid, construction, and delivery of the new Los Angeles Airport Tom Bradley International Terminal. This 7-story terminal, a composite structural concrete and structural steel design, is over 665,000 square feet and will be delivered later this summer. The project has benefitted significantly from Klorman's use of Trimble construction solutions.

Klorman Construction and Trimble Buildings
LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal Case Study
Friday, May 3, 2013 at 12 Noon Eastern
An online webinar – join from any laptop with a phone line or an internet connection
See how Klorman utilized Trimble hardware and software to win, build, and deliver this project
Register today



Klorman Construction has long been known as a cutting-edge contractor. The team has always been at the forefront of new technologies and standardizing their company on the best platforms. This legacy goes back to computerized project controls in 1981, to CADD in 1986, and Windows in 1996. So it should come as no surprise that Klorman recognized Trimble solutions as best-in-breed for structural steel and concrete modeling and coordination (Tekla Structures and Tekla BIMsight), mobile collaboration with construction project management (Prolog), Robotic Total Stations for layout (Trimble), 3D laser scanning for as-built conditions (Trimble), and BIM-based estimating and scheduling (Vico Office).


Throughout the case study, Klorman will highlight actual project ROI, including how:
• Use of Prolog reduced the average management time per project
per week by approximately 160 hours. This allowed management
and supervisors to spend 35% more time in the field.
• Use of Tekla models increased off-site prefabrication by 30%.
• Use of Tekla BIMsight caught plan change early enough to avoid
$350,000 with structural steel and cast-in-place concrete.
• Use of Vico Office reduced estimating time by 8 hours per iteration
while accuracy increased by 3%; production control helped deliver
project 5% faster.
• Use of Robotic Total Stations reduced the layout costs by 50% and
reduced the cost or rework for tolerance issues by 80%.
• Use of 3D Laser Scanning and as-built model identified and solved
$100,000 issue and provided as-is documentation.


Together we'll learn how Klorman standardized on these Trimble solutions and what it means in terms of data flow, decision making, efficiency, and productivity. Plus, you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the Klorman team: are project more predictable? Has risk been elevated or removed? Do you need a special workforce? How do you balance IT with the science and art of building?


Everyone on your pursuit, precon, and operations teams will want to see this, especially if you want to:
• Develop more efficiencies for your own self-perform divisions;
• Develop owner deliverables that really matter;
• Efficiently track change orders (268 approved on this project
as of 12/31/12, potential change orders (approximately 900),
emails (approximately 93,000), submittals, inspections, and
punchlists at headquarters, in the trailer, and on the jobsite;
• How to proactively layout and control the work for as-built
versus as-planned;
• See what a "handover BIM" looks like and how it will be used
by the facilities engineers.


Klorman Construction and Trimble Buildings
LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal Case Study
Friday, May 3, 2013 at 12 Noon Eastern
An online webinar – join from any laptop with a phone line or an internet connection
See how Klorman utilized Trimble hardware and software to win, build, and deliver this project
Register today



Even if you can't make the designated date/time, take five minutes to register for the webinar now and you'll automatically receive the link to watch the recorded webinar.


Learn from your peers with your peers at Fridays with Trimble!


About Klorman Construction
Klorman Construction is a Los Angeles-based design/build general contractor and structural concrete contracting company. Founded in 1980, Klorman has earned a reputation for building complex parking structures, multi-level towers and high-end architectural concrete projects. Construction services include design/build, construction management, structural concrete, award winning Building Information Modeling (BIM) & Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) services, consulting, value engineering, renovation and project management.



Klorman Construction Corp. has more than 300 projects to its credit, including numerous developments and renovation projects in diverse building types and geographic regions. Its projects include mixed-use retail centers, hotels, office, institutional and medical buildings. The company maintains offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.


BIM by the Numbers

Sometimes we find ourselves in between tasks or meetings with five or ten minutes to spare. It's not enough time to start a new project...but it might just be the right amount of time to read a quick article and get us thinking.

The next time you find yourself with a little opening in your day, turn to this list of construction articles and see if it doesn't spark a new conversation around the office or at least a tidbit to share in the next meeting.

Top 10 Things Every BIM Manager Should Know
It's a great time to be a BIM Manager in construction. It's a chance to combine your love of building with the latest technology and Lean methodologies. You get to carve out strategy and help everyone with the tools that they need to win new business and successfully execute profitable projects.

Top 10 Reasons Why PMs Should Champion BIM
Project Managers have a lot to gain from 5D BIM: better management of subs and optimizing Owner satisfaction with cash flow reports, work in place reports, look ahead schedules, and even earned value analyses.

Top 10 Reasons to Do 5D BIM
There are at least ten reasons to deploy BIM across the enterprise. Our customers are exploiting their capabilities with 5D BIM to win new business, provide a better experience to Owners, and work smarter with Subs.

Top 10 Ways to Derail Your BIM Project
Construction firms can be their biggest enemy when trying to implement BIM without considering process change, training, and even the right personnel. It's easy to believe that BIM is as easy clicking a mouse, but true 5D BIM deliverables, success, ROI, and winning new business comes from good leadership and vision.

6 New Virtual Construction Best Practices
Trimble has developed many virtual construction best practices working alongside construction firms around the world. This post summarizes our latest BIM methodologies including the BIM report card, coordination resolution, CPM Match, conceptual estimating with SketchUp, using Timberline and MC2 in BIM-based projects, and tips for production control. Ask Vico to train your experts in these new methodologies so you can offer them to your clients.

5 Pieces of Advice for GCs Considering BIM
Many GCs come to Vico for advice on how to get started with BIM. Here are 5 recommendations for new BIM departments and their managers.

5 Ways to Improve BIM Model Fidelity
There are several ways to dramatically improve model fidelity issues in a BIM construction project: use the model progression specification (MPS); employ reputable 3D modeling services; utilize the Vico 5D Standard Library and Warehouse; take advantage of Vico Office features to override poor model quality. The end goal are BIM models suitable for construction: 5D estimating, 4D scheduling, and 3D constructability.

Five Quick Steps to Compare Cost Plan Snapshots
Estimators have several options in Vico Office Cost Planner to explore "what-if scenarios" for Owner budgeting meetings. One approach is to compare two versions of the Cost Plan using the Compare & Update feature. For example, let's say that an Owner would like to go back to Plan A even though you've already gone down the Plan B (or C or D) path for quite a ways. This article illustrates how to revert back to the first cost plan and pick up where you left off.

Why 5D Comes before 4D in Vico Office
While the construction industry counts 3D-4D-5D BIM, Vico does it differently. Because of the tight integration between the Estimator and the Schedulers' workflows, we count 3D-5D-4D. The Estimator's components and assemblies are linked to the Scheduler's productivity rates by Task Manager. This way our quantities per location divided by productivity rates equals durations!

4 Favorite Features in Vico Office R4
Vico Office Release 4 contains many customer-driven improvements. This article highlights four new features which our customers really appreciate: performance speed, model activation and publishing options, Layout Manager, and new Publishers. You can see for yourself when you upgrade to Release 4; or consider our Structured Evaluation Program to try the solution with your team.

4 Best Practices for Schedule Simulation Movies
GCs have 4 audiences for 4D BIM scheduling movies: the Owner, the subs before buyout, the subs in the trailer, and utilizing look-ahead schedule to solve issues before they manifest themselves. So it is imperative that the schedule, optimized with flowline, be based on quantities by location and crew productivity rates.

3 HR Options for BIM
Trimble offers several options to help GCs develop a deep BIM bench: project engineers, onsite project managers, modeling teams on retainer, and even certifying current staff on virtual construction best practices.

3 BIM Predictions
We predict the construction industry will see many companies adopting BIM Enterprises as opposed to BIM Departments. We predict BIM Managers will take up the mantle of 4D, 5D, and even 6D, instead of just managing models. And it follows that BIM and ERP will connect preconstruction and operations to accounting, procurement, and other back office roles.

You can find these and other hard-hitting articles organized by construction role (estimating, scheduling, BIM Team, coordination team, executive team) in the BIM Reading List. Make it required reading for your firm.

For more information on Trimble Buildings, our hardware, software, and VDC service offerings, or the AGC BIMForum, please visit our website or contact Holly Allison directly at +1-978-882-0170 x118.

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Anonymous,  May 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM  

I hope to learn from the many Mistakes Klorman made going over budget & time. LAX Officials very unhappy ;)

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