Fridays with Vico Presents Seismic Code Compliance with BIM

Hangers and Bracing Placement for MEP Systems


In a recent New York Times article, Disaster Awaits Cities in Earthquake Zones, the reporter outlined cities whose population growth has outpaced the building codes.  In many cases, the buildings would simply buckle with the force of the earthquake.  But the true danger comes with the unsecured MEP systems, with live electricity, hazardous fluids and gases.


Hospitals in California know this reality first-hand.  But with aggressive legislation, OSHPD regulations have made these hospitals some of the safest in the world.  By properly bracing MEP against the rolling and jarring seismic activity, the hospitals are able to remain operational, and avoid loss of emergency power after a seismic event.  As you can imagine, this bracing technology also works to protect buildings and their occupants from further damage in bomb blasts.  So many building types like airports, government facilities, emergency centers, and police stations benefit from similar codes.


Boulder, CO - March 10, 2010 - Vico Software, along with our partner ISAT, has prepared a special edition of Fridays with Vico about seismic code compliance for high risk buildings.


What: Introduction to Seismic Code Compliance with ISAT 

Friday, March 12, 2010

12 Noon - 2:00pm Eastern

Where: A free online webinar series 
How: Register today


Typically supports for piping, trays, and other equipment are designed for gravitational or vertical loads. But they do not take into account the horizontal loading caused by earthquakes or blasts. The solution is seismic restraints - braces which resist these horizontal forces to keep the systems in place and secure.


Coordinating code-specific bracing between multiple trades can be a difficult proposition.  But in this webinar, we'll learn the multidisciplinary methodology for coordinating design, code, and layout.


The workflow consists of four steps: Design coordination, Seismic bracing and hanger engineering, subcontractor optimization and layout and installation.


Design Coordination.  Constructability issues can mire MEP coordination.  But we've developed a unique system priority structure concept to assign precedence to critical systems.  And by working with BIM models, visualization speeds the process.


Seismic Bracing and Hanger Engineering. When the bracing deign is finished a point load document is generated from the model. This document is then delivered to the structural engineer for approval and bracing documents are added to the coordination set. The fully detailed and coordinated set of documents is then sent to the subcontractor. 


Subcontractor Optimization. The subcontractors receive the documents and after reviewing the proposed design, they suggest cost saving changes optimized for their processes. With the subs' suggestions incorporated, an optimized set of documents is generated. A location-based package including the final coordinated drawings, bracing drawings, and location-based bracing buckets is sent to the subcontractors.


Layouting and Installation. Utilizing the integration with the Trimble LM 80, we extract all the embed placement points from the model and load them into a robotic Total Station.  The Total Station can then be used by the subcontractors to precisely position all of the embeds into the formwork prior to pour. 


Join us for this timely discussion of seismic BIM technology and services which can help your team meet OSHPD and IBC codes efficiently.


Watching this webinar with your team, you'll learn:

>> Which are the most critical building regulations for seismic activity, blasts, and other Homeland Security concerns;

>> How ISAT bracing technologies meet and/or exceed these regulations;

>> Methodologies for improving your MEP coordination practices;

>> How modeling the x, y, z coordinates for bracings, embeds, and inserts in the BIM can be reused in the field via the Trimble integration;

>> How other GCs have utilized seismic BIM services to improve their projects.


Learn from your peers with your peers at Fridays with Vico.




About the Fridays with Vico Webinar Program

Fridays with Vico is a free educational forum for General Contractors, Subs, and Owners.  The series highlights best practices and case studies from customers, as well as showcases new product functionality and discusses industry trends. Over 9,000 AEC/O professionals have viewed one or more of the 30+ episodes.


About Vico Software

Vico Software, Inc. provides software and services to the commercial construction industry.  Building owners, general contractors, and construction managers use our software and our services to reduce risk, manage costs, and optimize schedules on complex building projects.  Vico's 5D Virtual Construction solutions pioneered the category of BIM for Construction, and they remain the industry's most integrated approach to coordination, quantity takeoff, cost estimation, project scheduling, and production control.  The new Vico Office product suite continues this tradition making it possible to leverage many important BIM file formats such as Revit, Tekla, and ArchiCAD.  The benefits of our solutions and services have been proven on hundreds of building projects to date.

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