Why Holder Construction Doesn’t Talk About BIM as ‘BIM’ Anymore

Building information modeling (BIM) benefits owners by lowering cost, creating a better quality product that they can understand more easily, and providing a digital as-built that they can use for the lifecycle of the project, says David Epps of Holder Construction, one of the leaders in BIM. So why isn’t Holder Construction talking about BIM as ‘BIM’ anymore … and what does this mean for the future? Watch this interview to see how Holder Construction adds value to construction projects and facilitates the workflow through every step of the process.

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Why David Epps Believes in BIM

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…

Why BIM Is a Concrete Contractor’s Golden Opportunity

Building information modeling (BIM) is rewriting the book on how buildings are designed and built, adding unprecedented levels of digital precision and visual understanding. The construction trades, including concrete contractors, stand to reap huge business benefits from BIM enablement. Leica Geosystems, a global provider of BIM construction solutions, has emerged as the go-to resource for the concrete construction industry’s BIM migration.

Analysis

The digital revolution has transformed nearly every industry, from manufacturing and communications to information technology and finance.

The construction industry has largely escaped the disruptive effects of digital transformation—until now. A historic sea change of process transformation is underway across the construction trades. Recent studies report an overwhelming majority of contractors have integrated BIM technologies into their workflow. For concrete contractors and other construction trades, BIM is re-inventing 2D processes with 3D digital precision, speed and economy.

Why is BIM becoming increasingly critical for growth-minded concrete contractors? Can a concrete contractor really profit from BIM processes in the field? A brief examination:

Competitive Differentiator. It’s no secret owners and general contractors are driving BIM field adoption. One example is Holder Construction, a general contractor based in Atlanta, GA, that self-performs some concrete work. They use Leica Geosystems total stations to lay out every aspect of the concrete work in multistory office buildings. They also use scanners to perform some QC work by comparing the point cloud image with the model. The back-check identifies as-built deviations quickly, saving modification time and expense. No plumb bob or tape measure can match scanning speed and precision. General contractors like Holder increasingly expect BIM compliance from their subcontractors. Industry studies confirm project team selection often turns on BIM capability. Net: To compete, adopt BIM.

Jobsite Excellence. The quickening pace of BIM-generated success stories provide ample proof BIM’s role in the field will only escalate. At One World Trade Center, project teams placed every single piece of the building structure utilizing highly coordinated BIM data in combination with Leica construction layout solutions. As-built conditions were quickly identified and evaluated as needed. T.U. Parks, a large Chattanooga, TN-based contractor, used Leica Geosystems construction layout and QC solutions to build a complex curved hospital addition entryway with a 700 foot radius. You can’t use a tape measure to lay out large radius curves of that magnitude—it’s just not possible. Using BIM data from the project’s architects and engineers combined with a Leica iCON robotic total station, Parks made a once-impossible task a breeze. Net: BIM expands concrete contractor field capability, services and project engagement opportunities.

Conclusion

Few today dispute BIM’s operational value. What started as a design creation solution has swiftly evolved into an entire ecosystem for the construction industry. For the construction trades—especially concrete contractors—the promise of BIM is golden with business-building opportunity.

Leica Geosystems has extensive experience helping concrete contractor gradually evolve to BIM compliance. BIM construction specialists at Leica Geosystems are uniquely qualified to tailor BIM solutions to the contractor’s needs and budget.

Leica Geosystems experts make it surprisingly easy to gradually integrate BIM into the contractor’s workflow, offering a wide array of entry ramps and scalable solutions, ranging from paper and 2D to 2.5D and full BIM.

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