Construction Is {Slowly} Going Paperless

Construction Is {Slowly} Going Paperless

It wasn’t that long ago–five years maybe–that submitting items to an architect for approval meant making six copies to stamp. We would file two copies and the architect would distribute his four to various engineers and decision makers. Talk about a “paper trail.” Our filing cabinets were bursting at the seams. These days, the process is managed [Read More]

BIM, Reaching Its Potential

BIM, Reaching Its Potential

We are just finishing our first total BIM designed project, a 2-story, 130,000 sf building. Our experience has taught us that BIM is: An excellent design tool. Using 3-D modeling allows the customer to understand the project much more efficiently than flat plans. A way to bridge communication gaps. Consultants, contractors, subcontractors and material vendors have one [Read More]

BIM, IPD and Project Efficiency Lessons Learned

BIM, IPD and Project Efficiency Lessons Learned

We are about to start a project that has been in the pre-construction stages for two years. We’ve used of a couple of relatively new tools during this planning period: BIM (building information modeling) and IPD (integrated project delivery). It seems both initiatives are slowly working their way into real estate, design, and construction in one way [Read More]

Is Augmented Reality The Next Evolution of BIM?

Is Augmented Reality The Next Evolution of BIM?

Last fall, I wrote about getting past the hype of BIM and making it a reality on construction sites. Here is a way we are continuing to use and see BIM beyond the construction drawings. Augmented reality might be useful to you as well… Augmented reality (AR) is defined as: “a live, direct or indirect, view of [Read More]

BIM: Getting Past the Hype

BIM: Getting Past the Hype

Earlier this week, I met with a national architectural firm with whom we are partnering on a 2012 mixed-use project. I asked the principals what they thought of BIM and their response was, “it will become the norm for architectural and engineering work sooner than later–in less than five years.” We also believe BIM will [Read More]

BIM and the Evolution of Drafting

BIM and the Evolution of Drafting

Recently, I talked with a major architectural firm about their use of building information modeling. To them, BIM is just another advance of communications and drawings. I can relate. When I was in college, everybody used pencils. The quality of your lines on the drawings was most important. Then we moved to ink to give [Read More]

Lean Part 1: The System In Action

Lean Part 1: The System In Action

Recently, our friends at Superior Mechanical were kind enough to give me a tour the new half-billion dollar Children’s Hospital expansion here Birmingham. I was interested to see how they are integrating Lean construction initiatives with their BIM work to be more efficient, and save their ultimate customer time and money. As background, Lean is [Read More]

Why We Hired a BIM Specialist

Why We Hired a BIM Specialist

A while back, I mentioned our desire to explore Building Information Modeling (BIM), a database which catalogs a structure throughout its life cycle in real time 3D. We felt the system would provide a value-add large enough to merit hiring someone to manage our efforts. I’m pleased to say we found the right fit. William [Read More]

With Change Comes Opportunity: Three Ways to Embrace It.

There is comfort in the known. That’s why most of us enjoy having a steady routine at work. But if you’re not careful, getting lost in habit and familiarity can become too comfortable. You’ll end up stuck in a rut while the ever-changing business landscape passes by. As former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson once [Read More]