BIM is revolutionizing the industry by virtual construction of the building project. The technology is used for the entire building life cycle including facility operation and management. The highly detailed virtual mock up evaluates construct-ability among numerous and complex building products, allows for design alterations quickly and cost efficiently and allows for clash detecting during design phases which improves collaboration.
The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) is the latest to issue building information modeling (BIM) technology standards. BIM provides a “broad platform for collaboration across the project team,” says David Resnick, DDC deputy commission for public buildings. The guidelines require BIM on all new projects valued between $15 and $50 million.
What is Stone Panels, Inc. doing with BIM?
Stone Panels, Inc. is the only stone composite panel and wall cladding panel to be listed in the Autodesk’s BIM content warehouse called Autodesk SEEK.
Stone Panels, Inc. has been using BIM on selected projects since June 2011. Currently, we are using Revit to quickly and accurately generate our construction documents. More importantly, we are using the built in tools inside Revit to perform in house checks, keep a running total of square footage, and keep with the design intent, all in real time. After final approval from our customer, all data is easily sent to other software to perform multiple schedules and reporting for our manufacturing.
BIM allows our design engineers to be more than drafters re-replicating construction documents. It allows them to be more involved with construct-ability, design, and gives a better understanding of how complex elements can be engineered as well as fabricated.
Stone Panels Inc. is compliant with the newly released NYC DDC BIM standards.