Technology - Building Information Model
CULLEN is at the forefront of the construction industry in utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM). BIM uses virtual 3D computer models to facilitate a construction project from the design phase through building turnover. BIM is not only an adaptation of current construction processes, but a paradigm shift in how tasks are completed in the industry.
Cullen has invested heavily in BIM because it is the future of the construction industry. Cullen’s BIM Department recognizes the three main benefits of BIM are:
1) BIM allows schedules to be compressed
2) BIM reduces costs
3) BIM maximizes quality
By using the most advanced BIM technologies on the market, Cullen can provide owners with the benefits to maximize efficiency.
The earlier our BIM Department can be involved on a project, the better chance Cullen has at providing the most benefits. BIM brings the project team members together and forms strong working relationships.
Upon completing your successful project, Cullen adds a bonus that only a handful of contractors offer. To hear and see more about this benefit, contact Kevin Hickman at email@example.com
Additional Benefits of BIM:
- Great visual aid
- More efficient building systems
- Increased productivity
- Zero redesign achievability
- Reduces waste by identifying problems early on
- Quick quantity extractions
- Better site utilization—site layout and construction sequencing
3D MEPF coordination replaces light table overlay MEPF coordination of the past. It discovers and eliminates conflicts between trades before they get to the field. By completing all the coordination upfront allows a more aggressive schedule to be met with minimal waste.
4D Scheduling uses models to schedule events on the construction site. Using models to schedule puts everyone on the same page and ensures nothing is overlooked. By using 4D schedule, Cullen completed the setting of these precast panels in 2/3 the time it was going to originally scheduled to take (5 days off the original 18 day schedule) which ended up saving over 200 manhours. The precast crew averaged 20 panels a day with a maximum output of 26 panels set in one day. This was the most panels the supplier had ever seen set in one day.
HD Laser Scanning takes a scan of an actual field condition and creates a model from the output. This is great for any tight sight or remodel job. Instead of hand measuring all existing conditions, the HD scan ensures that what is in the field is accounted for. Human error is eliminated. The model created from the scan can be used for 4D scheduling on a tight site or 3D MEPF coordination on a remodel.
Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) brings all the project team members (owner, architect, engineer, contractor, specialty contractor) together at the earliest design stage and works towards a unified set of goals throughout the project. This optimizes project outputs, increases value to the owner, reduces waste, and maximizes efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction. The biggest change from a standard delivery system is the contractor and specialty contractors have direct design input from the beginning.
3D Lift drawings allow Cullen’s field crews to maximize output and eliminate rework due to incomplete or incorrect drawings.
BIM Manager: UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, UW-Madison Student Athlete Performance Center, UW-Madison School of Human Ecology, Whitewater Innovation, UW-Lacrosse New Residence Hall, Kraft Foods, Frito Lay
General BIM Coordinator and Field Engineer: Epic Learning Center Expansion, Epic Building H, Building I, Building J, Building K, Ramp Y, Site Utilities Project - Verona, WI
BIM MEPF Coordinator: UW-Madison Sterling Hall, UW-Madison Education Building - Madison, WI
Assistant BIM Coordinator / Field Engineer – Epic Learning Center and Auditorium - Verona, WI
Pete is available to speak on the topic of Building Information Modeling. He has been a leader on this topic for many organizations within the construction industry.
Pete’s seminar experience:
- Annual Chicago BIM Expo 2013
- AGC BIM Forum National Conference
- Revit User’s Group
- AIA of Wisconsin
- UW-Madison BIM Class
- Davis Construction Webinar
- And more