Construction Today - February 2011 - (Page 10)
BIM can help you transform your design and construction processes. BY ERIN RAE HOFFER
opeful signs point to an economic recovery, but monthly reports on unemployment in design and construction tell a story of prolonged struggle in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. In September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a loss of 21,000 jobs in construction employment. The September drop offset gains from August that primarily impacted nonresidential specialty contractors. The BLS report observed that general construction employment had been relatively unchanged since February 2010. In the face of long-term economic stagnation, professionals must consider adopting new strategies for survival – strategies which entail, ultimately, the reinvention of companies, teams and individual contributors. This reinvention effectively refocuses each company’s potential to be successful in a marketplace filled with competing firms striving to win a smaller set of projects. Reinvention strategies today take many forms. Expansion to new segments or services and integration of innovative technology and methods are two prominent approaches. The transformation of design and construction to a process based on the
technology of BIM presents an exciting opportunity for reinvention. BIM is an intelligent 3-D model-based design process that employs coordinated information throughout the project life cycle to explore physical and functional characteristics virtually, thereby helping to improve efficiency, lower costs and minimize environmental impact. A BIM process helps provide companies with a platform to expand to new markets, to offer new services, and to deliver improved quality through innovative, technology-based methods. By now, many AEC companies have a decade of BIM project experience and commitment to a 3-D model-based process under their belts, ranging from experimentation and pilots to full-scale firm transformation.
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Construction Today - February 2011
Out of the Blues
Wall Works USA Inc.
Pacific Pile & Marine
Dufferin Construction – Highways 403 and 401 Projects
Natt McDougall Co.
Abhe & Svoboda Inc.
McKinney Drilling Co.
ODOT/Miller Cable Co. – Northeast Ohio ITS Project
Barnard Construction – Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Redevelopment Project
C.A. Barrs Contractor Inc.
Charles Blalock and Sons Inc.
Parsons Brinkerhoff, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Skanska USA, Dragados USA and Tutor Perini – Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement
William Charles Construction – I-39 Repaving
CB Richard Ellis Canada
The Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd./PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Fargo Pacific Inc.
Critchfield Pacific Inc.
Harold O’Shea Builders
Culpepper Construction Co. Inc.
Golden State Framers
Hudspeth & Associates Inc.
IMC Construction Inc.
Jones Lang LaSalle – Empire State Building Renovation and Retrofit
Econo-Malls Management Corp.
Turner Construction San Diego – New Central Library
Trotter & Morton – University of Calgary
Collavino Construction Co. Inc. – One World Trade Center
Danis Building Construction Company – The Indu and Raj Soin Medical Center
F.J. Sciame Construction Co. – Abraham Joshua Heschel School
Eckman Construction – Pinkerton Academy Freshman Building
The Hagerman Group – Parkview Whitley Hospital
Whaler Industrial Contracting Inc.
Construction Today - February 2011