BIM Can Improve Your Project

For the construction industry, lost time means lost profit—and thus many organizations are looking for any means possible to improve both. Enter BIM (building information modeling). This collaborative process changes how stakeholders work together, improving both the schedule and cost of the project.

Today, many construction companies are leveraging this collaborative process to improve efficiencies out at the jobsite and in the office.

PCL Construction is one construction company that recognizes the benefits of BIM, and continues to up its game, leveraging new technology and even creating tools for its partners.

The builder has created a free plug-in called PCL PartsLab that will improve construction companies’ ability to use Revit data for takeoff, estimating, scheduling, and project management. PCL PartsLab reduces the time required to create and use Revit Parts in construction models. Parts allow slabs, walls, columns, and other BIM components to be broken down automatically into subcomponents with their geometric, property, and metadata available. This allows estimators and other project personnel to use more BIM in their daily workflow to increase accuracy and reduce risk.

The technical team at PCL Construction worked closely with the leadership and development team at Assemble Systems to ensure a successful workflow between Assemble and Revit Parts. A gap within the industry was indentified where GC’s were recreating structural and architectural models. Revit Parts allow that redundancy to be eliminated by leveraging models from design teams and detailing those models to reflect construction means and methods without impacting the integrity of the design model itself.

While this is one example of BIM innovation, there are many options available to contractors in the market today.

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