Implementing an Effective Model-based Coordination Review Strategy

Johnny Fortune, Bullock Tice Associates & Steve Hutsell, US Army Corps of Engineers

How does an Owner develop and implement an effective Model-based coordination and constructability review strategy with a means of validating results throughout design and construction? This session highlights how the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in conjunction with industry leaders works collaboratively through the USACE/Industry BIM and CIM Consortia (Consortia) to develop a consensus-based approach to defining processes and deliverables that are fair, reasonable, and practical to all project stakeholders. The Consortia held several workshops to determine how to qualify the quality of model-based coordination and constructability. The outcome was an Interference Management (3D Coordination) Model Use involving contract language, predefined software templates, and data exports denoting amount and types of interdisciplinary model element conflicts. Additionally, a spreadsheet deliverable is required to allow data review and validation of the Model Use implementation. The Consortia debated various techniques and common practices for performing the interference management and coordination process before striking the right balance between achieving the desired outcome without being too prescriptive. In viewing this presentation, you will gain knowledge of the why and how behind the development and implementation, common pitfalls and metrics to avoid that give a false sense of quality, and how to identify trends from report data.

Johnny Fortune serves as the BIM Director at Bullock Tice Associates in Pensacola, Florida. He is the immediate past chair of the buildingSMART alliance and serves on several National committees; the National CAD Standards Steering Committee, the US National BIM Standard Planning Committee, and the USACE/Industry BIM/CIM Consortium. Additionally, he was the technical writer for the recent release of the VA’s BIM and CAD standards. He has often presented on the topic of BIM/CAD workflows and standards at venues such as Autodesk University, NIBS Building Innovation Conference & Expo, GeoBuiz, and various S.A.M.E. & CSI chapter events.

Steve Hutsell is Chief of the Geospatial Section for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Seattle District, which supports local, regional and national BIM, Survey & Mapping, Civil Information Modeling (CIM), GIS, CAD and ProjectWise requirements and initiatives, collectively known as Advanced Modeling. He has over 25 years of experience with AEC and Geospatial technology implementation and support at the USACE Southwestern Division, Fort Worth, Europe and Seattle districts, and at regional military installations. As a member of the Corps’ BIM/CAD Community of Practice, Steve is honored to lead the USACE/Industry BIM & CIM Consortia in a partnered development of USACE Advanced Modeling Contract Requirements for civil and military projects. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1985.


Virtual Design & Construction: The Changing Role of a Coordinator From a GC Perspective

David Moody, Brasfield & Gorrie

At Brasfield and Gorrie, we take a hands-on approach to our coordination efforts. We work directly with our owners, architects, engineers and trade contractors to continuously raise the bar for how teams unite around the model. We feel that the more meticulous our coordination effort can be the better the end product will be for our clients. We also realise that every conflict we can resolve on the computer pays dividends by keeping a jobsite moving efficiently. We have taken our coordination procedures and gathered the best practices into a standard operating method that we utilize on all our projects regardless of size, complexity, and delivery method. We have developed our own tools, tracking mechanisms and process-centered to improve team communication around the model. As improvements to technology such as cloud computing allow for greater collaboration and communication, other aspects of our industry struggle to keep up with this rapid growth presenting uphill climbs and often roadblocks. As we continue to develop a standard for coordination, we have begun to incorporate programming, automation and data analysis to help speed our process, visualise our data and communicate our efforts to our project teams. We see our role in the construction project as an integral team facilitator that brings content, people and collaboration to the construction plan.

As Regional VDC Manager, David leads a team of VDC experts to improve field accuracy well before crews mobilize on site. He uses VDC technology to build virtual models, perform quantity takeoff, coordinate systems, and create 4D schedules. During preconstruction, David works with the team to map existing site conditions, ensure budget accuracy, plan project execution, and detect and correct potential collisions before they occur in the field. Throughout the project, he performs coordination of key building systems, gathering information from the project team and subcontractors to increase efficiency during construction. Ultimately, David’s goal is to create accurate models from the outset, modifying them throughout construction to deliver as-built models that help clients optimize use and maintenance of their facilities.


People Coordination – How to Overcome Collaboration Conflict

Paul Hedgepath, M.J. Harris Construction Services, LLC

In this session the dynamics of setting up and maintaining a successful project coordination team are discussed. In the BIM coordination world we often get consumed with the software and technical aspects of the job when our greatest challenge is making the team successful at working as a team. This is not always easy and all project teams are different. In this presentation we talk about the different types of people and personalities you encounter in coordination. We also discuss how different project delivery methods, locations, design stages, and construction durations can impact your interaction with those people. You don’t have to be a psychic or psychologist to have a successful team. With the right tools, processes, and intuition you can have a successful coordination team.

As Director of Virtual Construction, Paul leads all BIM operations for M.J. Harris. His responsibilities include coordination with design teams, owners, estimating, and construction teams in the field. Through this collaboration, he incorporates 3D coordination and visualization, 4D schedule sequencing, 5D quantity and cost analysis, BIM-enabled facilities management, and lean construction. Paul has managed the BIM process on over 100 construction projects and has used 3D in the AEC industry for over 18 years. Paul has spoken on the topic of BIM at college campuses, national conferences, in project interviews, and abroad.


Hosting an Effective BIM Coordination Meeting

Brett Gatti, IBI Group

The structure and flow of your project BIM Coordination meetings can make or break the “team” aspect of your project. Setting the groundwork early (during project kick off) for what will be covered (and what will not be covered), the frequency of meetings, how the team will share files, how problems will be addressed and identifying who is leading the effort is crucial. This session discusses who needs to attend the BIM Coordination Meetings, what topics need to be covered, how to track the information that is discussed and how to best document the meeting itself. We also roll in some Lesson’s Learned to identify some potential problem areas and how to work around them as a team.

With over two decades using and supporting a wide range of CAD related software packages and with duties/responsibilities that include training, managing and organizing teams, Brett has a firm understanding of what does and does not work in regard to today’s BIM technologies. Brett stays on the leading edge of the evolving BIM landscape by participating in many online BIM user groups and industry focus groups. Brett is a multi-year Speaker at Autodesk University, has presented at Midwest University and the Revit Technology Conference. He is also an AutoCAD and Revit Architecture Certified Professional and has received CanBIM BP3 Certification.


Design Coordination Validation: Reveal, Respond, Refine

Corie Dechant, HDR

This session explores how 3D Coordination contributes to the quality of design and standard of care by strengthening a culture committed to innovation in design. As the industry shifts to BIM, many tasks are automated, allowing more time to be focused on innovative and critical decision making. Leveraging design technology to simulate and analyze design data provides designers the information necessary to push the standard of care.

We explore the need for tools and processes to be as innovative as our designs, especially as projects become more competitive and complex. We compare several 3D Coordination processes and identify opportunities and strategies that allow teams to produce constructible designs that can increase the quality of coordinated work. Finding a balance of communication and technical performance to achieve optimized coordination is not the same for design as it is for construction. This presentation focuses on the innovation of workflows to elevate 3D Coordination during design. Incorporating this BIM use early in the design planning phase, creates a culture that is probing and transparent for stakeholders. Understanding scope and responsibility are necessary to build models, but by establishing a baseline and expectations, we provide the organization needed for 3D Coordination.

With a design, product development and fabrication background, Corie shares her passion for creative and critical thinking through digital design initiatives. Corie has experience leading design and pre-construction teams through the coordination of construction documents and shop drawing submittals. She is responsible for engaging and implementing effective BIM coordination and technology strategies on all projects. By elevating BIM competencies across the firm, she is able to make an overall impact to the quality of work through increased communication and collaboration between disciplines.


Good BIM vs Bad BIM

David Francis, Murray Company & Birgitta Foster, VDCO Tech

In this presentation, we discuss the current dynamics and costs associated with a Design/Build_Design Assist CD-100 Deliverable. What everyone perceives is happening and what is actually happening between technology, contracts, and personalities.

David Francis is a passionate advocate for BIM and Virtual Coordination in the construction industry as the MEP Manager for Murray Company, with over 30 years’ experience in 3D Design/Build Mechanical contracting. Mr. Francis is currently involved in AGC BIM Forum as the MEP National Lead and the LOD Committee. He is actively working with other GC’s and contractors to apply Lean principles to streamline the design/build/coordination process.

As V.P. Operations and Facility Integration at VDCO Tech, Birgitta oversees the strategic planning of Virtual Design, Construction and Operations (VDCO) services. Birgitta is a recognized leader in BIM/Facilities Management (BIM2FM) integration. She works directly with Owners to develop their Facilities Data Specification as a project contract deliverable to support the implement of their BIM2FM strategies including the use of COBie.
During her 32 years in the AECO industry, Birgitta has work experience from various industry sectors such as industrial product manufacturer, an international engineering firm, a heavy equipment assembler/fabricator, a General/ MEP contractor, and a National Laboratory building owner as Facilities BIM Champion.
Birgitta is a respected international authority, writer, and presenter on BIM for Owners. She has published articles appearing in Journal of BIM, interviewed for three (3) McGraw Hill SMART Market Reports, and authored white papers on BIM for a National Laboratory. Since 2010, she has delivered over 55 presentation and webinars on the use of BIM to improve Operations and Maintenance, Space Planning, and Asset Management of Facilities. She was the industry research advisor and creator of the video “View of the Future for FM” used in the University of New Mexico graduate thesis on Perceived Value of Building Information Modeling in Facilities Operations and Maintenance.
Birgitta is an active member of the BIMForum LOD Core group, USACE BIM Consortium and as the former Assisting Director of the buildingSMART alliance was involved on the development of National BIM Standard-US. In addition, she is currently serving on buildingSMART International (bSI) Standards Committee Executive which oversees the standards process for IFCs, the bSI’s International User Group Secretary and buildingSMART Data Dictionary Pilot Project/Working Group Lead.


When the Mechanical Engineer Provides LOD 400 – Limitations, Lessons Learned, and Successes

Benjamin Crosby & Anai Quintanilla, Yates ConstructionAnthony Offak, Albert Kahn Associates, Inc.

BIM/VDC is pulling us to new levels of collaboration. On the Volvo project in South Carolina, the general contractor opened the door for true design build and invited the mechanical contractor to coordinate directly with the mechanical engineer to provide LOD 400 for major elements of mechanical models. We discuss how this was accomplished from contract, coordination, permit, and delivery standpoints. What elements were taken to LOD 400 by the design team, and what was still at 350, and what was taken to 350-400 by the mechanical contractor. This was a new process for the field installers, so training was needed to bring them on board. Now that we have had this success, how do we learn from it, move forward and be even more productive and efficient next time.


The Impact of Contract Delivery Method to Inform Coordination Quality: Facilitating a Seamless Hand-off from Design to Construction Trade Coordination

Landon Wren & Brittany Giel, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.

General contractors and their trade partners rely heavily on the quality of design intent BIMs to facilitate trade coordination. Experience shows that owner driven BIM requirements and collaborative delivery methods enhance the quality of this process significantly.
This presentation exhibits a case study of 2 BIM-assisted construction projects with different delivery methods utilized. It compares variables such as contractual BIM requirements, design-intent model quality, conflict resolution strategies, collaboration methods and design & trade coordination duration.
•The first project presented is a 75,000 SF Radiology Oncology Building that used design-bid-build delivery with contractual BIM requirements. Trade coordination was conducted to facilitate conflict resolution. Design intent models were utilized for MEPF coordination downstream and the construction team played a role in the design coordination process.
•The second project presented is a 21,000 SF biopharmaceutical lab which utilized Design-Build and Design-Assist delivery methods. BIM and other innovative technologies informed the design process and the quality of the trade coordination process downstream.

Landon is a Virtual Design and Construction Manager for the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company out of their Dallas office. He has worked for Whiting-Turner for 11 years. As an early adopter VDC, he has played a pivotal role within Whiting-Turner to push VDC standard practices across the company since 2009.
Landon is the Regional VDC Manager for Whiting-Turner’s Southwest region of the United States. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a member of the local USGBC, ASCE, & BIMForum chapters.

Brittany is an Assistant Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Manager for the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. She has worked with Whiting-Turner’s VDC Group since 2013 in their Baltimore office, where she is largely responsible for managing all 3D coordination and training requests for the mid-Atlantic region.
Brittany holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design, a Masters in Construction Management and a Ph.D. in Design Construction and Planning from the University of Florida. She has authored more than 16 publications on the subject of BIM and VDC and is a member of the Building Smart Alliance, BIMForum, and NAWIC – Baltimore Chapter.


 Advanced Virtual Mockups for Coordination

Brendan Nichols, The Beck Group

Drawings only show so much. Even standard 3D models lack information critical to pulling off some of the most intricate construction details. Concepts of time, space, sequence and ergonomics all play a factor in whether something is constructible or not. After your figure out those details, how do you share that information with the people who are actually performing the construction? At a company like The Beck Group, we want to allow our Architects to be able to push to boundaries of design with the confidence that what they’ve drawn is possible and practical. Because, in most cases, we’ll actually be the ones building it. In order to solve these issues, we’ve developed a new kind of virtual mockup. Using virtual reality as well as custom built and programmed Unity environments, we can simulate the actual construction months before materials are even ordered. Our mockups show install sequence of different elements, with accurate size, human scale ergonomics, and real-time clash detection. This is done far in advance of actual construction, without the cost of physical mockups, and the simulation can be saved and repeated to explain the detail again and again. This presentation will show this process and how it has led to a different level of 3D coordination on some of our most challenging projects and details.

Brendan Nichols is a Senior Virtual Building Engineer at the Beck Group. Beck’s integrated design-build model allows him to tackle difficult challenges across both Architecture and Construction. At the Beck Group, Brendan performs laser-scanning, building information modeling, and supports these processes and workflows throughout the company. After experiencing Beck’s cross-disciplinary challenges, Brendan has written multiple internal Revit plugins to eliminate difficult or repetitive day to day tasks. He also enjoys writing scripts and Dynamo definitions to solve some of Beck’s unique problems.


Developing Supplemental Coordination Models and Documents with BIM to Support the Field, Inspections, and Owner Efforts

Joshua Mercado, The Boldt Company

The integrated model is rich in information – and its value can be tapped over and over during the life of the project. Construction projects contain an information supply chain and the BIM is a vehicle both collect and distribute this information. This presentation describes how supplemental coordination documents, models, and Virtual Reality environments can be devolved from the models of an integrated design and engineer team to support field, inspection and owner efforts.

Joshua Mercado is a Senior BIM Manager with The Boldt Company. He has ten years of experience working in the construction industry in the high-rise and healthcare sector. With an educational background in design, experience working with a trade partner and now working with the general contractor. Joshua brings a clear understanding of the challenges associated with coordinating multiple scopes. Through conversation and documentation of ideas, Joshua helps the team collaborate and appreciate their ownership of the overall BIM process and impact of technology on the AEC industry.