BIM Coordination

Below are videos that address the topic of 3D Coordination in BIM.

"Coordination - Closing the Loop Between Design and Construction"


In this session we will show the current state of the art regarding coordination and some of the history how we got here. We will also explain what are the main obstacles in coordination and its root causes. At the moment a majority of parties involved in early creation and interaction with 3D models in the AEC industry do not understand the impact of their decisions and actions to the lifecycle of the data created. Often designers and engineers just look at the data use for their workflows but not downstream the value chain to intermediate customers and final customers. On more and more projects this final customer is the client /owner using models to support Facility management and Operations of their buildings and structures. To set this stage for a uninterrupted data creation and flow, owners have to be educated about the importance of setting the stage right, so any party involved in early creation of models already has a set of boundary rules so any additional data created is well structured and seamlessly integrated. This “start on the right foot” can be manifested in a BIM guideline set by the owner. Any further development in a project should ad on to this by creating a BIM Execution Plan as a living and growing document with the BIM Guide as a base. Along the way of creating and adding model content to the project and getting deeper and deeper into full trade coordination it would be beneficial to have a kind of a “model driver License” for parties joining the pool of modelers and coordinators creating models, to prove that the person is knowledgeable in VDC practices and contributes value to the coordination process. With the expression Model driver License we mean a certification program like the Certificate of Development in Building Information Modeling (CD-BIM). This would help mitigate some of the basic problems created in early coordination and increase the speed and efficiency of coordination. Another aspect of improving the trade coordination is having a collaboratively created plan of who is modeling what, when and where to what level of development. This is done by harmonizing the Model-progression Specification (MPS) with a System Priority Structure (SPS). The current advancements in cloud based technology are also increasing the speed of coordination and collaboration, giving people access to the model content and data 24/7. We will show an example of how we are able to live this future at the moment.


Juani Fernandez (Webcor Builders)

Ralf-Uwe Modrich (Webcor Builders)

"Beyond the Clash - Social Factors Undermining BIM"


Experienced BIM users will admit that our mainstream BIM tools are getting easier to use and more integrated with each other, but not completely there yet. So BIM should be easy, streamlined, and efficient for any company, right? Not quite. Project teams have evolved to a place of complacency, relying too much on the technology itself to solve challenges as opposed to putting the tools in the right people’s hands and letting the tools act as an accentuation of the right people and the process itself. Companies, including our own are still struggling with consistent implementation and efficient execution. Why is this? McCarthy will explore the human impact on BIM, the challenges we still face as an industry, and proposed solutions we have implemented at McCarthy.


Chris Patton (McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.)

Sydney Parkhe (McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.)

Shannon Lightfoot (McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.)

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