BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING (BIM)
Nutec Group provides value to our clients by utilizing the advanced capabilities of Building Information Modeling (BIM) through all phases of project development, from conceptual planning to fully-integrated 3D models for all architectural and engineering disciplines.
Autodesk defines Building Information Modeling (BIM) as an intelligent model – based process that provides insight for creating and managing building and infrastructure projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental impact. BIM generates and manages building data throughout the lifecycle of building and infrastructure projects.
We currently utilize Revit for 3D design and development of fully-integrated building models. This approach allows us to create a design from which all team members can access, minimizing discipline interferences and inconsistencies in data while generating 3D models that accurately depict the spaces being designed. Revit is the design tool that we utilize, but Revit itself is merely a tool of BIM, not synonymous with it. We are also able to integrate our specifications with Revit through the use of eSpec, a product that ties specifications to the 3D design.
Nutec has provided integrated Building Information Modeling on an increasing number of projects. Project examples include a $200 million food processing plant, motorcycle manufacturing facility, new hospital in Afghanistan, confectionary expansion, medical outpatient client, and demonstration green building pursuing LEED Platinum Certification.
WHY SHOULD AN OWNER CARE ABOUT BIM?
Reduces Change Orders
Continual coordination between building components occurs as the 3D models are developed. Clash detection reports are generated to identify and resolve conflicts before construction begins, which reduces costly field problems.
Expedites Fast-Track Projects
Early construction packages can be released for long-lead items, which are then coordinated with subsequent design through the 3D model. Component fabrication can begin earlier, shortening the project schedule. Offsite fabrication reduces storage requirements while enhancing site safety.
Integrated Project Delivery is Greatly Enhanced
BIM allows for an ongoing conversation between team members – not the one-way communication present when one discipline forwards drawings to another.
Enhances Project Visualization and Marketing Visuals
By preparing photorealistic renderings, clients are able to visualize and understand the project more clearly. The 3D BIM model provides accurate depictions of interior and exterior spaces, which enhances the decision-making process early in the conceptual development phase. The physical appearance of a building (size, shape, colors) can be updated to provide alternatives to building Owners. This is especially helpful when trying to move a project from design into construction, presenting a concept to a zoning commission or regulatory agency, or getting the buy-in of a building committee to proceed with a project. Additionally, these materials promote discussion and are also valuable tools for board presentations, marketing, and fundraising.
Advances Sustainable Design
Nutec utilizes the BIM models to perform solar and energy analyses, two key elements in green building programs.
BIM during the Construction Phase
BIM provides the necessary bridge between the design and building phases of a project. We are not only able to keep control of the model, but we are able to use it as a quality assurance tool throughout the construction phase.
Increases Communication with Contractors
Nutec actively shares our 3D models with contractors to enhance coordination and to expedite shop drawing preparation.
Improves Accuracy of Cost Estimates
By integrating the 3D Model with project specifications, material schedules, and estimating software, Nutec develops accurate construction cost estimates based on detailed material takeoffs of the model.
Saves Time and Money
Nutec’s comprehensive use of BIM has successfully reduced time and costs in design, construction, and occupancy.
Provides Downstream Value
After construction, BIM models can be integrated with Computer-Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) software to provide important facilities and maintenance data. The BIM model also allows for a “virtual history” of comments, prior conditions, and lessons learned, creating a dynamic record that will also shorten the learning curve for new facilities staff.