How HA Sack Innovates MEP Coordination with BIM


A full-service MEP contracting company that has been around the southeast since 1945, HA Sack has used modeling and layout technology on an as-needed basis in the past. But its most recent project – a two-story elementary school near Savannah, Georgia – is the first in which everyone is using the BIM process from start to finish.

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Three Projects That Show How GCs Apply BIM


Practically all general contractors have heard about building information modeling (BIM), but what are the applications of this breakthrough technology in real life? We recently checked in with Russell Gibbs and Shawn Mancill at Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, to learn more about how they are tying together BIM in the office and the field. Continue reading…

Choosing the Right Data Capture Tool for BIM

Bradford BIM

From xyHtWith the rise in demand for fast and accurate 3D construction information, laser scanning has become invaluable to many building information modeling (BIM) projects. However, a dedicated laser scanner might not always be the best tool for the job. Here’s how Bradford Construction evaluates technology to ensure a successful outcome.

Four Steps to Connect Models to Field Work


For most contractors, accurately connecting information from the office to the field, and from the field back to the model in the office, is an ongoing challenge. In the office, the building information modeling (BIM) or virtual design and construction (VDC) group can push information and models out to the field all day long, but if the crews in the field – the ones actually doing the work – don’t buy in to the process, these models are nowhere near as valuable as they could be. How do you create a workflow that establishes buy-in from everyone on your team? Continue reading…

Facchina Jumps into BIM with DC Office Building

Faccina construction layout

Facchina Construction Company, one of the most respected contractors in the Washington D.C. area, has been using building information modeling (BIM) since 2011, but the firm just recently jumped into the process with both feet. The company was tasked with handling a 20-story, 500,000 square foot above grade office structure located just outside of D.C. that presented numerous challenges. Though the south face of the building is on a radius gridline, the slab edge is faceted and complex. The project also includes numerous sloping columns with an offset orientation. Continue reading…

UAS Enable Faster, Safer Curtain Wall Inspections

Aerial inspection with the Aibot X6 enhances work safety and saved time and costs.

Inspecting the curtain wall on a multistory building is not a job for the faint of heart. Workers spend hours in lifts or on high-rise swing stages, taking photos and measurements to document potential problems. The work is expensive, time consuming and dangerous. The progressive leaders of Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the largest privately held construction firms in the U.S., were determined to find a better way. Continue reading…

Webinar Jan. 21: Three Real-World Applications of BIM


As a general contractor, you’ve heard about the importance of BIM, but how do you practically integrate it and find savings in your existing workflows? Here’s your chance to learn from BIM leaders in an encore Autodesk University presentation, a popular session that was sold out two weeks before the conference. Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the nation’s largest privately-held firms, will share their successes with BIM on three real-life construction projects that utilized Point Layout software.

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How to Capture Tall Vertical Structures from a Distance


In a service-oriented business, client satisfaction is the No. 1 goal. But as any entrepreneur who has ever entered a contest knows, it can’t hurt to have a secondary motivation to raise the bar on a firm’s overall capabilities.

When Doug Brinley first learned about the new MultiStation category in the annual Plan Contest at HxGN LIVE 2014, he knew he wanted to make an entry on behalf of Glapin Milphrey, LLC, the company he founded in 2012. “I wanted to submit a highly creative project that would explore the value of the MS50 for our company and provide a competitive contest entry,” Brinley explains. Continue reading…