Why David Epps Believes in BIM

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Holder Construction Co. in Atlanta is an early adopter of building information modeling and has used it on projects since 2004. Today, BIM is no longer considered an emerging technology at the firm – it’s an integral part of the company.

“We view BIM as a tool and incorporate it into all of our processes,” said David Epps, Holder’s BIM manager. “We don’t think of our department as BIM anymore. We have BIM experts that facilitate our projects across the company, but at the end of the day, it’s a part of our business that makes us better builders.” Continue reading…

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

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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: 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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How to Bridge the Gaps in BIM

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For many construction contractors, building information modeling (BIM) is primarily an office tool that provides valuable insights before crews begin their work on the jobsite. From there, however, the model is often converted to a 2D drawing that is familiar but limited in the amount of data it can offer. Construction crews proceed the best they can with the information at hand, using plumb bobs and tape measures to complete the layout process. The real-time field data that is essential to a successful BIM process is lost through critical gaps that are generally accepted as the norm. Continue reading…

10 Reasons Why Leica Geosystems Is the Concrete Contractors’ Go-To BIM Source

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As a concrete contractor, your ability to win project bids often turns on your compliance with industry best practice. One key differentiator in a crowded contractor marketplace is building information modeling (BIM). The fact is, more and more owners and general contractors expect BIM-compliance in their project team selection process.

What is your BIM capability? Are you equipped with the hardware and software solutions you need to effectively compete for a growing wave of BIM-based jobs? Are you keeping pace with BIM-savvy competitors?

Today Leica Geosystems is the building construction trades’ go-to source for BIM-enablement. Here are 10 reasons why Leica Geosystems should be on your short list as you consider BIM partners:

1. Proven Performance. Leica Geosystems scanning, total station and software tools currently play a central role in hundreds of jobsites worldwide, from small- and largescale building construction to massive public works projects.

2. Proven Technology. Scanners, total stations and software from Leica Geosystems are the industry gold standard BIM-ready excellence.

3. Proven Support. Leica Geosystems stands with you with a fail-safe support team. It starts with a legendary reputation for quality and continues with a newly-expanded U.S. support center, online technical support and Leica Geosystems’ extensive local network of distribution partners

4. Proven Compatibility. Imaging software from Leica Geosystems operates natively within mainstream BIM solutions from Revit and AutoCAD, meaning unmatched speed and accuracy in comparing the as-built with the 3D model.

5. Proven R&D Leadership. Your investment in Leica Geosystems technology is protected by one of the industry’s most aggressive R&D programs, keeping you current with updated BIM-related software, imaging and layout hardware advancements.

6. Proven Reliability. Our technology is continuously field-tested under the harshest conditions, from the tropics and war zones to high altitudes and sub-freezing weather with exceptional dependability. All Leica Geosystems tool are made exclusively in Leica Geosystems manufacturing facilities— never farmed-out to OEMs.

7. Proven Ease. Leica Geosystems presents an assortment of easy-entry options to BIM enablement. Even if you’re new to BIM, Leica Geosystems has solutions that make first steps confident, productive and affordable.

8. Proven Scalability. BIM solutions from Leica Geosystems are tailored to your needs and budget. Our comprehensive array of construction solutions makes it easy to gradually ramp-up your BIM services and expertise, whether you’re new to BIM or seasoned veteran.

9. Proven Understanding. Our hardware and software solutions have always served as an integral part of the BIM field solution. Our processes are engineered from the ground up to support project excellence, from BIM-based layout to as-built QC with the model.

10. Proven Name. Leica Geosystems, based in Switzerland, is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 2,400 employees in 21 countries. Our 200-year history of geospatial positioning excellence is extra peace-of-mind as you weigh your options.

When the stakes are your ability to compete in a rapidly-evolving industry, doesn’t it make sense to rely on the first name in BIM construction solutions for concrete contractors? Make the business-smart move. Contact your Leica Geosystems rep today.