BIM 101: How to Prep Model Data for Field Layout

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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: How Total Station Layout Benefits Construction Contractors

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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…

BIM 101: Three Basic Tools for Digital Layout

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Getting started with BIM and digital layout can seem like a monumental task if you don’t know where to start. The first step is understanding the “lay of the land” – what are the parts and pieces, and how do they fit into your business. From there, it is much easier to strategically choose a starting point that will yield the best return on the investment. Continue reading…

Do You Have a BIM Execution Plan?

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Every successful BIM project starts with a plan. The BIM Execution Plan (BEP) is the standard document that defines the plan for the project, beginning with a kickoff meeting to get it all started. The goal in any BEP is to establish guidelines for creating, exchanging and maintaining digital project data. The document itself is meant to be continually updated as needed throughout the project as more players are brought on board. Continue reading…