Building Information Modeling
In addition to our other construction services, Barton Malow is leading the industry to leverage the power of building information modeling (BIM) to increase customer value and advance the construction industry. Barton Malow personnel co-authored The Contractor’s Guide to BIM, published by the Associated General Contractors of America.
We use BIM to simulate the construction and operation of a facility during the design phase. With a BIM model, you can see your facility in 3D miniature on a computer screen, exactly as it will be used. It is an effective tool to engage facility users to evaluate their work areas and incorporate their insights before construction begins.
At Barton Malow, we also use data-rich 3D models to detect building system drawing interferences and errors, analyze information, aid team (owner, architect, engineer, builder and trade contractors) decision making, streamline scheduling, increase material cost accuracy, and reduce interferences during construction to avoid project change orders. It makes sense to make corrections during the design phase when it is far less expensive to do so. Changes that are made during construction can be costly and cause schedule delays.
BIM & LEED Construction
Operations energy efficiency is a concern for many. BIM models have the ability to denote facility elements that are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) compliant to help promote sustainability.
Enhanced Facility Performance
Beyond the benefits during design and construction, building information modeling has also proven to be a significant advantage to enhance facility performance long after construction is complete. BIM models provide consolidated and complete information for maintaining a building, including components to keep on hand, maintenance schedules, system specs and warranty terms. When building systems are detailed in 3D, it is an advantage for facility managers who are charged with maintaining a facility.
And we know from experience that clients who have a detailed facility model are able to make building modifications more rapidly and cost efficiently.
The benefits to customers are measurable. At Barton Malow, we believe BIM fosters building performance today and tomorrow.
Want to learn more about BIM? Contact Alex Ivanikiw, AIA, to schedule a BIM presentation for your facility staff.