How to get your AEC business move from projects to processes

June 22, 2021
Nick Blanton

We’ve been on the AEC market for quite a while already, working with various SMB companies all over the world. We’ve seen a lot. We’ve made a lot. Now is the time to share. Share knowledge, experience, and best practices.

As a BIM Integrator, BIM Machine has always been for establishing holistic BIM processes that drive value for architectural consultancies, surveying businesses, and project management teams that are actively engaged in the digital twin technology.

Defining core strengths and direction to pursue becomes a vital part of running any business, not to mention the fact when you need to scale it. Projects to processes transit is not easy nor quick, but all you need is to start. Check out BIM Machine’s guide on the first steps you ought to take to get your company reach a principally new level.

Stadium renovation

CUSTOMER
One of the oldest and largest architecture and construction consultancies in the country.
Employing over 500 specialists; owned by local authorities.

CHALLENGE
The customer has won a major governmental tender for sports facilities reconstruction and design.
All works were to be done using BIM technologies, but the company had only 2D-specialists working in AutoCAD. The customer needed a reliable partner to complete the following scope of work:

  1. Implement BIM technology: corporate BIM training, making a pilot project, on going support;
  2. Help with the reconstruction project of existing stadium that needs to preserve its historic facade and get a new stand roof and get new utility networks.

SOLUTION
BIM Machine split the project into 2 parts and executed the following roadmap:
Part 1. BIM technology implementation:
  -Company infrastructure research;
  -Software/Hardware modernization;
  -Infrastructure modernization;
  -Corporate training, The Customer’s employees involved in the project were split into several teams:
       1 architects team training (6 people);
       3 structural designers teams training (3×5 people);
       3 MEP designers teams training (3×8 people, HVAC, plumbing, electrical);
       1 technologists team training (6 people);
  -BIM execution plan (BEP) development;
  -Revit families library creation.
Part 2. Designing process:
  -Integration with in-house designers to made the Stadium project;
  -Creating the model df existing stadium;
  -Using “Phasing” tool to start reconstruction project;
  -Using Tekla Structures to design steel structures of the stand roof;
  -Combining Revit model with Tekla model using Navisworks.

RESULT
In the face of BIM Machine the Customer got a on-the-field-coach who helped to complete the project and educate the internal team:

  • 350 hours of corporate education and about 50 people trained;
  • 1000 hours of support;
  • 2000 hours of designing was done by the consultants crew (10% of all design time).

  -BIM model with full pack of construction drawings and historic view information;
  -Construction is in progress now, historic facade has been reserved;
  -New roof is under construction.

TECHNOLOGIES AND TOOLS

  • Autodesk Revit 2014 (updated to 2016 version during design process);
  • Tekla Structures 19;
  • Robot SA Pro 2014 (updated to 2016 version during design process);
  • 3Ds Max 2014 (updated to 2016 version during design process);
  • Autodesk Navisworks Manage 2014 (updated to 2016 version during design process).

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