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Navigating today’s toughest construction challenges while increasing job site productivity is becoming more challenging than ever, especially as construction schedules become more condensed and complex. Savvy engineers and contractors are turning to BIM coordination, coupled with prefabrication and modularization, to help drive  productivity and improve their bottom line. 

Today’s most innovative projects rely on smart preplanning, as early preparation and collaboration on concepts, designs, coordination and prefabrication lead to a higher probability of increased productivity and meeting of deadline demands. 

Drawing Packages 

When incorporated at the beginning of a project life cycle, drawing packages play an important role in streamlining builds. Often, contractors and engineers rely on third-party coordination and drawing services. When selecting a service provider, it is important to ensure that they will meet the BIM requirements of the project. 

Service providers should be skilled at identifying coordination challenges or inconsistencies at the earliest point in the Integrated Project Delivery timeline. It is vital to get the coordination team involved early in the pre-bid stage as it can reap countless benefits, especially for complex mechanical projects. In order to properly manage a project’s budget, it is important to understand the true cost of a BIM project. It is imperative that the third-party BIM service provider offers a detailed quotation early in the pre-bid process to ensure that all expenses are properly accounted for throughout the planning process.  

In the perfect IPD and BIM process scenario, all stakeholders in the project collaborate in the design stage to resolve conflict, particular design preference, design issues and constructability. This helps to increase the level-of-detail of the model and increase its prefabrication accuracy. This is ideal for design/build projects and design-assist projects, where input from the subcontractors, general contractor and engineer are more likely to occur. 

The BIM process naturally helps ease collaboration between stakeholders, helping to remove trade silos. When all parties in a project work together and are open to change in order to resolve conflict or design issues, models receive quick approval and are ready for fabrication much sooner in the construction schedule. For example, this ensures coordination issues are resolved in coordination meetings – helping to avoid situations where the construction teams are standing idle while attempting to address a construction conflict in the field. Accurate models lead to accurate prefabrication. This translates to saving time, and money. 

In addition to creating a process within your teams and project team, there are additional points to keep in mind, which help create accurate building models.  It is important to use well-defined and accurate content when developing models to ensure fabrication accuracy and the export of information from your model for procurement. Another shortcut includes customizing templates and creating applications for the drawing software being used. This makes it possible to develop a quicker method for modeling and creating layouts. 

Big Benefits 

Modularization has helped sophisticated contractors streamline builds for years. When work can be performed in a controlled setting with bright light, enhanced safety and without battling extreme weather, productivity will be enhanced and billable hours will be saved. 

Strong preplanning coupled with prefabrication helps reduce days in the schedule and hours in the field – resulting in a positive impact on the budget and larger return on investment for the owner. Also, downtime can be avoided by having the right discussions early in the design and coordination stages with the mechanical contractors. Preplanning how a project will get built enables the BIM coordinators to concentrate on priority systems and areas and marry the construction schedule with the coordination schedule, ultimately ensuring “just in time” delivery.

It is also essential for third-party coordination services to take material management seriously and manage the equipment or materials while coordination is happening. As a result, distribution can start the allocation of any long lead items and the modular assemblies can be built on time. The optimum scenario would include leveraging modularization for all trades, including electricians, carpenters, drywall laborers and insulators, and that they are joining mechanical contractors in their fabrication shops to assemble studs, insulation and other items in the modular assemblies.

The Future

As owners and developers become more engaged in the BIM process, a higher level of design, content and deliverables will become standard in the industry. This will result in owners and developers requiring models that are not only constructible, but that also supply them with a powerful information tool to manage and maintain their property for years to come. 

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