Virtual Building and Construction

 

In the age of real-time information exchange with smart phones, tablets and monitors, we are also living in a world of smarter buildings and integrated facility systems.  New means and methods of designing, constructing and coordinating projects are at our fingertips.  Our industry is utilizing these methods that are leaner, more sustainable and provide a safer, more integrated and collaborative overall building process.  Currently, McHugh is finding new ways to promote a more seamless and positive project experience.  We are guided by national standards and resources while investing the time, training, research and capital to continue developing our own ways of integrating a collaborative work plan on each of our projects.  We review not only the building systems and components, but we also look to incorporate these collaborative efforts with all project team members from designers, contractors and engineers to owners, the surrounding community and the project end users.  As every project is unique, we use the latest technology to help us identify the value, risk and benefits of building information modeling (BIM) and its potential uses on each project.  This process is performed throughout all phases of a construction project, from planning, through operational phases. 

Examples of how we help identify, define and apply that goal-oriented approach to correctly map out an objective BIM execution plan for each project include:

PROJECT PLANNING PHASE: Assist clients with preliminary budgeting, energy analysis and site studies for overall project programming and feasibility. Develop working models of existing conditions through point cloud manipulation software.  

PRE-CONSTRUCTION PHASE:  3D design reviews for constructability, safety and site logistics planning.  Quantity take-offs for faster estimates, cost planning and more efficient project scheduling.  Create and review 3D models to test various design changes and value engineering ideas.  Assemble virtual mockups of building components and use the added element of visualization to provide feedback and cost implications in a timely manner.  

CONSTRUCTION PHASE: Site utilization planning, 3D coordination of building systems, elimination of major conflicts through resolution / clash detection.  Develop an information exchange map for team members that promotes added visualization, better communication, an increase in field productivity and assistance to exceeding sustainability goals while reducing costly RFI’s and unforeseen change orders.  

CLOSE-OUT PHASE: Collect and gather building system data to help file, store and hand over more accurate and usable information to the building owner or end user.