McDade-Woodcock, Inc. has the advantage of having an entire BIM / Detailing department right here in house. This allows us to take each and every project from design all the way through completion, allowing us to be much more efficient in this fast paced construction world. It also allows us to accomplish things that few others can achieve all in one process.
What is Building Information Modeling? Building Information Modeling is the process of designing a 3 dimensional model of a given project using actual products and materials in order to test the facility for proper operation before construction begins. This extremely accurate representation allows for the coordination of Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing systems prior to construction in order to resolve any issues and prevent costly delays in the field.
How does McDade-Woodcock, Inc. use our BIM / Detailing department in different ways that set us apart from the others? Let’s take a more in depth look at our process.
McDade-Woodcock, Inc. has several tools to help us with this design such as Revit MEP, AutoCAD MEP, Navisworks Manage & Trimble Point Creator that allow us to download actual 3D products from all of our vendor websites so that we can place them in the model and create our design around real world items. We can load everything from the actual receptacles, light fixtures and gear we will be using all the way down to strut products and seismic hangers. After the design is completed we use Revit to quantify all items including part numbers, materials and even color. We then apply “points” to any object we need to with Trimble Point Creator and now we are ready to export the collected data.
McDade-Woodcock, Inc. has tools to help relay all information from the BIM model directly to the field with extreme accuracy. We own a Trimble Robotic Total Station and a Trimble R8s Global Navigation Satellite System. This equipment allows us to import all “points” collected from the BIM Model. These points include information such as descriptions, Northing, Easting and elevation. These points allow the field to identify exactly where any of these objects are located on the project, before it is even built . We can locate everything we are installing to ensure we are installing exactly like the model. As long as all trades install to the model, field problems and collisions are virtually eliminated. The Trimble points are also the as-builts so we can turn these over at the end of the project.