BIM & Safety

Let's talk safety. There have been some recent postings about how BIM can be used to create a safer job site through better planning, hazard communication, and visualization. We're not afraid of tough math, but we wanted to point out some fairly simple math that shows the direct benefit of BIM on safety.

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BIM Cost Estimating for Subcontractors

One topic that I think is important is how to estimate BIM costs.  Here are some thoughts on the best way to estimate and track BIM costs if you are a part of the subcontractor community.  

BIM is a planning tool - you're planning and defining how work is to be installed - and the best way of estimating those costs as a subcontractor is to align the input (hours by a 3D modeler) with the output (hours required to install the work).  If you consistently define a ratio of these two numbers, you can estimate the expected amount of time it takes for BIM on your projects.  Based on your understanding of future projects, you can also handicap and adjust your numbers to cover potential liabilities.  

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Football & Generative Design: Numbers, Speed & Winning

(Note: This post is about American football. We know there are more people in the world who watch the game that's also called "soccer" and we apologize for offending or confusing anyone with our terminology choices. We'll make it up to our global audience sometime soon.)

Forrest Gump would say that football and construction go together like peas and carrots. When I used to eat lunch in a construction trailer, talk of football was sacred, expected, and energetic. Fantasy football. Team rivalries. Player stats. Miraculous catches. It's hard to imagine there are construction workers anywhere in the US who don't talk about football non-stop between September and February. Construction folks understand the language, culture, and technicalities of football – a team sport.

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The Beginning of the End of Clash Detection

Job sites all over the world use clash detection to report on the errors that occur as architects, engineers, and contractors create 3D models for buildings. Every clash report includes tens of thousands of these errors, and the clash detection process can take months or years. The errors are so prolific that they test our abilities to fix and correct them. But BuildingSP has a solution. We want you to imagine your BIM workflows without clash detection and consider what that would change.

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The FedEx Analogy

Last week, we talked about software companies that are integrated into other industries, creating amazing businesses that are able to achieve massive growth. One such company is FedEx. Started by Fred Smith in 1971, FedEx revolutionized a business that had been around for a very long time: letter and package delivery.

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