Systematic Model Review for Effective Coordination
Speaker: Brendan Nichols Senior Virtual Building EngineerThe Beck Group
Even though designers may never admit it, building information models can differ from construction documents. Documents represent design intent and the models used to create them are rarely suitable for construction coordination. Coordination issues found in models may not exist in drawings, and even worse, coordination issues that appear in drawings may not appear in your standard 3D coordination workflows. Even at The Beck Group, a construction company that grossed a billion dollar revenue in 2015, our expert coordinators struggled with these issues. Our solution was to review all models for accuracy and consistency with contract documents before coordination.
This session will present The Beck Group’s standard model review for coordination workflow. Real projects will be presented where this workflow was used to prevent some common pitfalls of coordination. This workflow is fast, detailed, and targets the most critical areas for construction coordination. Performing these tests and sharing these standardized documents with all parties has, in the past, resulted in dramatic model quality improvements from one design milestone to the next. As well, it has helped our coordinators know what to trust and what to avoid in each design model.
About the Speaker:Brendan Nichols is a senior virtual building engineer at The Beck Group. Beck’s integrated design-build model enables him to tackle difficult challenges across both architecture and construction. At Beck, Nichols performs laser scanning and Building Information Modeling (BIM), and he supports these processes and workflows throughout the company. After experiencing Beck’s cross-disciplinary challenges, Nichols has written multiple internal Revit software plug-ins to eliminate difficult or repetitive day-to-day tasks. He also enjoys writing scripts and Dynamo definitions to solve some of Beck’s unique problems.
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