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BIM Basics

  • Technology Plus Training Is Key to BIM Success

    The benefits of using BIM for MEP layout are overwhelmingly positive. However, adopting this new process is not without a learning curve. For seasoned foremen like Tom Brown, a leading foreman’s instructor with Nelson-Carlson, learning a new technology and adopting BIM takes some getting used to. “Many mechanical and plumbing shops are in a constant struggle to turn a profit. Contractors need to start making money immediately following their BIM investment, which can be a tall order without the right training,” he says. Continue reading

  • Video: Laser Scanning for Construction

    In the planning stage, a laser scanner is a powerful tool for analyzing a construction site. High detail and unique visualization options help designers get a more complete picture of the site. During construction, scanning can be used to check progress or verify standard compliance. It can also be used to obtain valuable information in preparation for future phases of construction as well as to create virtual 3D models that can be used to manage MEP and structural design and construction. Laser scanning can also be used to capture highly accurate and complete construction as-builts. Watch this video to see how Karins and Associates based in Delaware uses laser scanning to add value to construction projects. Continue reading

  • 7 Questions to ask before you buy a Laser Distance Meter (LDM)

    I’ve done a ton of renovation work on a house that was built in the 1880s. Every square inch has been rebuilt with a cellar full of power tools that I use almost every weekend.

    I remember the day it occured to me how many cheap, broken tools I've tossed.

    I’m an engineer. As much as I hate to perpetuate the stereotype, I normally don't part with a buck unless I’ve done my homework and in this case it was obvious that the dog ate my homework.

    Now I spend the extra couple of bucks to buy a tool that will last.

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  • An Easier Way to Manage Revitalization Projects

    Urban revitalization projects are often fraught with challenges due to inaccurate or incomplete documentation. Fortunately, there is an easy way to capture as-is conditions, inform the model with accurate data, provide quality assurance checks during construction, and capture progress milestones for a highly efficient building process. Continue reading

  • BIM 101: The Basics of Back Checking for Quality Assurance

    If you are already taking your layout points out of the office and into the field, that is a major accomplishment and one that positions you for success using BIM in the field. However, it’s always best to “measure twice and cut once,” as the adage goes, so now is the perfect time for some important quality assurance (QA) steps. Continue reading

  • BIM 101: An Easy Handheld Solution for As-Builting into Revit

    For companies that are just getting started in building information modeling (BIM), the variety of hardware and software that is used to connect the real world with the digital world can seem intimidating. However, BIM doesn't have to be complex. Leica Geosystems’ BIM Business Manager Cathi Hayes demonstrates how the Leica DISTO D330i, an inexpensive and easy-to-use handheld laser measurement tool, ties directly into Autodesk Revit to provide a "BIM on the Fly" solution for as-builting. Watch the video to learn more. Continue reading

  • BIM 101: Getting Layout Points to the Field

    If your BIM data has already been prepped for field layout, you’re ready for the next step: taking it into the field. Armed with BIM layout points, plan underlays and reference models, you are now ready to shoot points on the jobsite that replicate the accuracy of BIM in the office. Continue reading

  • BIM 101: How to Prep Model Data for Field Layout

    If your project is working with highly accurate models in the office, that’s a good start for BIM. In many cases, however, the model data isn’t being used directly in the field. At best, this information gap drives up project risks; at worst, it results in errors and delays that can derail the entire construction schedule and budget and potentially lead to litigation. Fortunately, these problems can be easily solved by enriching the model with construction layout points.

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  • BIM 101: Total Station Measurement Methods

    If you’ve decided to invest in total station layout, you’ve taken a good first step toward providing BIM services. However, how do you know what type of total station you need? Continue reading

  • BIM 101: How Total Station Layout Benefits Construction Contractors

    Total stations enable contractors to measure angles and distances extremely accurately for laying out new construction and as-builting existing construction using discrete points. Available in both manual and robotic options, they use a solid well-proven technology that originated in distance measurement applications for the military. They have been used in surveying and engineering applications for many years. Now, these same instruments and technologies are being adapted for the construction industry. Continue reading

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