Facchina Jumps into BIM with DC Office Building

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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…

Merging the Model with the Field: Topic Proves Popular Among GCs at AU2014

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More than two weeks ahead of AU2014 in Las Vegas, a popular session on model-based field layout was completely full, with over 200 architects, general contractors and other building construction professionals signed up to attend. Titled “Merging the Model with the Field: 3 Applications for Model-Based Layout and As-Builts,” the session is being presented by Scott Cloud, regional director of VDC for Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC; Cathi Hayes, BIM business manager for Leica Geosystems; Carl Singleton, product marketing manager for Leica Geosystems; and Shawn Mancill, VDC coordinator for Brasfield & Gorrie. Continue reading…

An Easier Way to Manage Revitalization Projects

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Urban revitalization projects are often fraught with challenges due to inaccurate or incomplete documentation. Fortunately, there is an easy way to capture as-is conditions, inform the model with accurate data, provide quality assurance checks during construction, and capture progress milestones for a highly efficient building process. Continue reading…

BIM Field Trip Keeps Four-Story Residential Construction Project on Track

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Ensuring the perfect fit of steel beams in commercial and residential buildings requires more than line drawings and spot measurements. On complex structures with contemporary designs, creating a seamless flow of accurate data in a 3D digital environment is often the only way to get the job done right the first time around. Continue reading…

BIM 101: The Basics of Back Checking for Quality Assurance

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If you are already taking your layout points out of the office and into the field, that is a major accomplishment and one that positions you for success using BIM in the field. However, it’s always best to “measure twice and cut once,” as the adage goes, so now is the perfect time for some important quality assurance (QA) steps. Continue reading…

An Essential Tool for a Standout BIM

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High Definition Surveying (HDS) is not a new technology. It has long been applied in many other industries for applications such as crime scene investigation, car crash analysis, historical documentation and clash detection. However, it has recently begun taking off in the AEC industry, and we’re seeing a lot more activity from almost all stakeholders, including civil engineers and architects. Continue reading…