BIM (Building Information Modeling)
Building Information Modeling is changing the way the construction industry designs, builds, and manages projects. It is more than just the 2D and 3D representation of a building. It allows all parties to work within a single model to streamline information sharing, coordination, and production of the entire construction process. Delivering a project faster and for less money is what is driving the success of BIM in the construction industry.
At Central we are committed to participating in the BIM process and the technology that continues to evolve with it. Having the ability to model our entire scope of work in 3D, coordinate with other trades, produce more detailed documentation, and implement technology into the field allows the entire construction team to work more effective and efficiently.
Coordination & Clash Detection
Accurately modeling the framing members in our scope of work and their locations within both walls and ceilings has multiple benefits that stretch across the entire construction team. By taking this model into Navisworks in collaboration with MEP trades allows the team to coordinate all work without interfering with primary framing members. This process of identifying and resolving issues before construction even begins has been proven to save both time and money in future issues and changes.
Scheduling & Logistics
The process of coordinating issues early also helps gain a clearer understanding of the scheduling and logistics of the construction process. Visualizing a building before a project even begins opens the door for discussions of which trade will go first and how that work will be executed. A fully coordinated model can allow us to frame walls and ceilings with all openings accounted for before any MEP work is even done in that space. This type of logistical approach is a something that could not occur with the previous 2D drawing construction methods.
Documentation & Visualization
A coordinated 3D model can also help the construction team more accurately visualize the framing conditions before they even step out into the field by giving them supplementary documentation and shop drawings. These documents supply the construction team with all the necessary information that they need right in front of them so they are spending less time dissecting the construction document set and more time building. A few examples of these documents include framing plans, elevations, accurate material takeoffs, 3D visualizations and colored diagrams.
Production & Field Execution
We have also committed to implementing this technology into the field and the construction of our work. Whether it is using our laser layout system to more quickly layout framing conditions, our PanelMax board milling machine to manufacture intricate shapes and corners out of drywall before it arrives on site, or precutting framing members to allow for faster field assembly, Central's commitment to technology finds its way into the field. This commitment to field technology has a focus on saving time and money by reducing errors and speeding up the more tedious tasks of our trade.