The complexity and rapid paced development of today's projects are challenging the industry to find new, innovative approaches to project delivery. Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design have emerged as high-tech, process transformational methods to address some of these challenges. BIM based project delivery enables owners, contractors, consultants, and other stake holders to visualize and understand evolving designs and collaboration issues as never before. The design and construction process can be improved by enabling early identification and resolution of discipline coordination problems through a comprehensive technology based coordination and clash detection process.
Our team provides a technology based coordination process that leverages the geometry information and other data contained in the individual 3D discipline models developed for the project. Our solution uses a combination of the Navisworks technology framework and other internally developed resources to provide a managed approach to interference detection and change control. This process can provide a suitable framework for clash detection and subsequent management of interference resolution issues.
Today’s projects involve complex interactions between many different design and construction disciplines. Wherever 3D models are in play, Walter P Moore uses a proven process to create a single virtual model of a project by bringing together all discipline models. A comprehensive and structured review is then conducted, and results are presented to team members where problems can be reviewed and resolved. Coordination issues are detected early, at a point where risk of conflict in the field can be mitigated. Our service provides a complete solution, we have all of the hardware, software and process that is needed. Design Smart to Build Smart.
BIM Execution Planning
Walter P Moore leverages our experience acquired during the execution of hundreds of BIM projects to assist a client’s team in developing a comprehensive BIM execution plan. These plans cover project phases from design through construction and ultimately into facilities operation management. We also provide insight into the development of specifications for BIM model development and use. The BIM execution plan and associated specifications are crafted to ensure that the digital collateral developed by the design and construction teams are fit for purpose and provide the necessary information to team members. We understand the importance of “right-sizing” the model data to control cost, yet deliver expected results.
Many of the virtual models developed during the course of design and construction contain a complex network of assemblies, layers, BIM families, and other characteristics that can make comparison of various model versions tedious, time consuming and ultimately unproductive. Walter P Moore leverages a new cloud based technology that facilitates comparison of model versions, both visually and with respect to detailed data summaries, to identify changes between versions in material, configuration, quantity and other categories. This comparative model analysis provides significant value in assessing the source and frequency of changes to design which ultimately drive changes to material and cost. We provide you with the type of information needed to effectively manage changes on any BIM-based project.
BIM to FIM Integration
Owners are often faced with the dilemma of how to leverage BIM models created during design and construction in the management of their facilities. To date, the BIM delivery process has focused on design and construction with little carry over benefit to owners in leveraging this technology to improve facility management. As a project develops, information contained in the BIM models can increase in both quantity and accuracy, ultimately resulting in an “as-built” digital record of the facility and its components. Most owners are not equipped with the technology or capabilities to continue to use this digital asset throughout the life of the facility. As a result, the BIM model goes dormant.
Walter P Moore has developed an innovative alternative for owners who wish to leverage this digital asset to manage facility operations. Our patent pending solution uses both process and technology to support an application which present users with an “as-built” virtual facility model composed of the various discipline BIM models. Components in this virtual model are linked in real time with the owner’s legacy computerized maintenance management system. Use of the application provides facility managers with point and click access to a variety of information about facility components that is normally maintained by the owners. These types of records can include information about a component’s manufacturer, warranty/maintenance schedule, instructions, design drawings and assembly diagrams, work order entries and a host of other potential options.
BIM to FIM: Leveraging Virtual Design in Operations (a visual demonstration of Walter P Moore's BIM to FIM technology in action). View the video here.