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…

BIM Makes Prefab Easy for Nelson-Carlson Mechanical

Nelson-Carlson Mechanical, a family owned plumbing and mechanical company that has been in business for almost 100 years, recently found itself faced with a growing requirement – especially with its government contracts – to use building information modeling (BIM). As Nelson-Carlson implemented the changes necessary to adopt a BIM workflow, the company quickly evolved from using 3D layout solely on an as-needed basis to using it almost every day. Continue reading…

A New Tool for BIM: The 3D Disto

Beginning this week, we’re digging into a new tool (to us) from Leica Geosystems called 3D Disto. With some basic orientation, you are able to shoot points much the same way you would use a total station, only you’re not looking through a scope but using the screen on a tablet. Thanks to the built-in camera, the 3D Disto will “show” you what it’s shooting remotely. This offers the luxury of single user operation without prisms or even a tripod. Continue reading…