Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Building Information Modeling (BIM) or also known as Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) is an industry trend where designers and contractors utilize cutting-edge software to build 3D “virtual” models of buildings and their integral systems prior to physically beginning construction. These models are highly intelligent and include a multitude of information including design parameters, equipment manufacturers, equipment submittals, and operations and maintenance manuals to name a few.
3D technology has progressed exponentially over the past few years. As software platforms have become more sophisticated, contractors are further identifying opportunities to build more detailed models that allow them to increase productivity, minimize risk, and meet aggressive construction schedules. Prairie Mechanical has made significant investment in adopting the BIM process to ensure that we stay on the leading edge of Virtual Design and Construction.
Some of the benefits of the BIM process:
- A coordinated model gives the confidence to pre-fabricate ductwork, mechanical piping, and plumbing well in advance.
- Fabricating in a controlled environment maximizes crew productivity.
- Pre-fabrication embraces aggressive construction schedules.
- Ductwork can be downloaded directly into Prairie Mechanical’s plasma table and coil line.
- Modeling a mechanical system and coordinating with other trades prior to mobilizing on-site minimizes trade conflicts in the field.
- Minimizing trade conflicts prevents costly rework.
- A penetration schedule / plan can be provided to the general contractor to coordinate wall, floor, and roof penetrations in advance
- A material and labor take-off can be generated directly from the model.
- The material and labor take-off can be organized by area, floor, system, etc.
- Reduced material waste due to accuracy of the take-off and pre-fabrication.