Vico Guest Blogger Series

BIM by the Numbers Lunch in Honolulu

Posted by Holly Allison on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

The BIM Wave has certainly hit California, but is the full force traveling all the way to the islands?  Come learn more for yourself at our lunch seminar, “BIM by the Numbers.”  It’s an opportunity to network with your peers in the construction community, discover what’s real and what’s the marketing hype about BIM, and see how new technologies are being applied on real construction projects around the world. 


Now for the numbers…it’s as easy as filling in the colors on a paint-by-number picture…


bim by the numbers aia hawaii seminar 450


2D  How should we manage traditional drawings and turn them into a model we can use for coordination, construction estimating and scheduling?  We’ll learn about VDC solutions that use your favorite flavors of BIM, where and how you source these models today and how that will change in the future.


3D  Now that we have our models, how do we make sure that what we see on the computer screen can actually be built?  This is where Lean Coordination practices kick in.  Unlike traditional clash detection which can drag on for months, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, Coordination Resolution streamlines the process with a System Priority Structure for fixing clashes.  The result?  A coordinated building modeled 40% faster (compared to “traditional” clash detection) at half the price.  Not to mention clear color-coded installation drawings for the Subs.


4D  Scheduling and estimating go hand-in-hand because both processes should rely on knowing and understanding the model-based quantities.  The first steop is the construction-caliber quantities automatically calculated from the BIM model geometry.  Now with some good math (the quantities, the locations, and the crew productivity rates) we can calculate task durations.  At this event you will learn about an improved CPM method, “Flowline,” that quickly conveys which crews are working in which locations and at what speed.  We can easily spot trends, both good and bad, and take corrective action to avoid log jams on the site (all because we have quantities by location). And what happens when crews are flowing smoothly from location to location?  No de-mob risk - beach day anyone?  Better quality.  And fewer headaches.


5D  Cost planning can be a nightmare as more and more design changes roll in.  Luckily, with an integrated BIM workflow, the construction-caliber quantities drive the schedule AND estimate.  Therefore, when the design changes, the new geometry automatically updates the cost and schedule.  The estimator can now focus his time on organizing what-if scenarios for the Owner clearly sharing the pros and cons for each based on the budget and timeline. The result is a better Owner experience and more business for the construction team.


The discussion will also feature technologies for site layout and laser scanning existing conditions – both very cool applications of construction robotics.  We’ll also see how the 5D BIM Workflow ties together with project management for seamless RFI routing through to budget reconciliation.  And then we’ll use the data and statistics from our completed project to inform our next conceptual estimate.  Genius, huh?


Good construction is at the heart of good BIM.  And it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…or in our case, as easy as integrated 2D-3D-4D-5D.  We hope you’ll join us for a great presentation and follow-on discussion!


Presenter:          Clive Jordan, Regional Manager from Trimble Buildings

Our Host:            AIA-GCA Committee

When:                Tuesday, August 6, 2013 from 11:30am-1:00pm

Cost:                   Free to all AIA and GCA Members / $10 at the door for non-members

Where:               AIA Honolulu - Center for Architecture / 828 Fort Street Mall, Suite 100 / Honolulu

How:                   RSVP today!


Want to see more before you commit?  Watch this great video which shows how BIM all comes together in this integrated 2D-3D-4D-5D workflow

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