Design-Build Transformation: BIM’s Big Impact on The Ohio State University’s NRDT Project

Alex Belkofer & Paul Schmidt, Messer Construction Co.

Like many facets of the building construction industry, we must challenge ourselves to “begin with the end in mind”. Design Teams constantly face this challenge, in the hopes of using their ‘crystal ball’ to foresee all obstacles and end results based on early program requirements, design coordination strategies and techniques, and MEP systems layout. Likewise, Construction Teams must interpret the intent of the Design Team coordination effort, while working within the contractual parameters of the Owner.

But what happens in a dynamic, Design-Build project setting where design and construction coordination “beginnings” and “ends” blur together? When coordination parameters change often during the process? Where multiple Owner representative have a say in the decision-making? How does this all get managed? What must change in order to keep pace with the construction timeline?

The Ohio State University’s North Residential District Transformation Team, led by Messer Construction Co., utilized integrated project delivery concepts, a collaborative on-site studio environment, while harnessing the power of BIM-enabled workflows and processes to tackle the largest and most complexed Design-Build project in the University’s history. The NRDT Project, born from the University’s Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP), set out to deliver 10 new buildings, various additions and renovations to existing facilities, and comprehensive site work across 27-acres of the North Residential area on campus – all within a 2-year construction timeframe. While Building Information Modeling protocols and processes were a critical component of the Design-Build Team’s efforts internally, it would not take long for BIM to begin making significant impacts to Owner decision-making and visual communications. This presentation tells the story of how a BIM-enabled jobsite changed the way we communicate with Owners, tackled design and construction issues early, approached 3D trade coordination holistically, and pushed the industry from the inside out to leverage and trust BIM for a better end product. While the NRDT Project was underway prior to The Ohio State University’s BIM Project Delivery Standards being finalized, the University has begun piloting those standards utilizing the Design & Construction BIM output from NRDT as provided by Messer Construction Co.

Alex Belkofer brings a diverse background of experience and knowledge within the A/E/C industry to Messer’s Operations Technology Department. Alex utilizes his expertise from both the architectural and building construction sides of the industry to thoroughly understand the entire scope of construction projects while coordinating effective project management. With over 12 years of client management and customer service experience, Alex creates a seemless and efficient communication process with Owners, Consultants, and Design Team members alike. Alex strives for innovative and practical construction management strategies to ensure that all managerial aspects are coordinated with the client’s best interests in mind. Alex has held various roles as Project Manager, Project Engineer, Project Superintendent, and Owner’s Representative throughout his previous construction operations experience.
A leader on the Virtual Design & Construction Team, Alex is a driver for implementation, coordination and management of Messer’s VDC/BIM best practices company-wide. From corporate office to construction site, the VDC Team promotes, trains and guides Messer Project Teams through VDC processes over the course of a building’s construction lifecycle. Alex also works closely with Project Executives, Project Managers, Owners, and A/E partners to establish early expectations and project deliverables at each phase of a project.

Alex is closely involved with industry and continuing education, and holds the Certificate of Management-BIM (CM-BIM) credential through the AGC of America (2014). Academically, he serves as Chair for The Ohio State University Construction Systems Management Program’s Industry Advisory Council. He regulary attends A/E/C related seminars, sustainable design events, and presentations related to technology and innovation.

Paul Schmidt’s approach to his role at Messer begins with his passion for project controls, process driven solutions and his ability to work effectively across multi-disciplinary teams. In the origins of his early career with Messer, Paul began working immediately on complicated healthcare projects which fostered his drive towards documenting best practices and having a rigorus approach towards project management strategies. It wasn’t until Paul had the opportunity to work on a complexed laboratory project that Paul discovered the uses and benefits of Building Information Modeling from a General Contractor’s perspective. Since then, Paul has injected Messer VDC/BIM processes into each project he touches – constantly finding value for subcontractors, designers and owners through different use cases. Paul has developed strategies for VDC and BIM implementation to change the way Messer delivers construction projects that postively impact safety, cost, quality, and schedule.

Paul is a leader within the Columbus Region on both the Messer Safety Committee and Quality Leadership Committee, as well as an integral voice in the Regional Best Practices Meetings held quarterly. His passion for teaching and mentoring younger colleages has led him to mentoring at the high school level for ACE Mentoring of America locally in Columbus, and serves on their Board of Advisors. Paul also provides guest lectures locally at both Columbus State Community College and The Ohio State University.


Design to Fabrication: Exploring the Chain of Design in Three Custom Residential Projects

George Minardos, .build

The use of 3D modeling in the custom residential market has largely been driven by marketing and limited to 3D renderings for client presentation purposes. What has been missing the development of skills necessary in the construction industry, to continue to develop the BIM Model through the supply chain. We need to fix this so that we can gain the efficiencies that BIM can yield in the construction process.
This presentation intends to share the recent learnings of our BIM initiative at Minardos Group and our use of BIM in the custom residential pre-construction and building processes. Our goal was to explore the value of improving the Level of Development (LOD) of various aspects of the model with the intent to improve accuracy and efficiency of submittals, fabrication and field production.

George Minardos is an entrepreneur and builder with over two decades of professional experience in technology, architecture, construction and development. He applies his innovative building process and related knowledge to a host of different project types which has made him a trusted member of the building industry, specializing in working with designers and owners of challenging and sophisticated buildings. George shares a dual passion for technology and building and has founded several technology companies to enable builders of virtual and real projects.Recently these two passions are intersecting with increasing frequency allowing him to
speak and share his thought leadership across both industries.


But, we’ve always done it that way…

Erik Sanford & Peter Botelho, Dimeo Construction Company

Our industry is stagnating. We do things the same way from project to project, good or bad. Why? Because that is what we know. It’s what we are comfortable with. We illustrate that doing things the same way is a failure, by showing how we have failed. That in order to improve, you need to be able to measure. You need to know what to measure and how to measure it. Small improvements lead to success and that shooting for the moon guarantees that you miss.

We focus our attention on the VDC process. By reviewing our current processes and usage and locating areas needing improvement, we look at ways to measure usage and incremental improvements. We explore how we are developing baseline measurements and how we look to improve on those findings through Key Performance Indicators and realistic metrics.

This is a new initiative for us, but we have seen improvements, which we share. We expect much more as we become more knowledgeable in affecting process improvement.

Erik Sanford is the Director of VDC/BIM at Dimeo Construction Company where he is responsible for implementation and oversight of all VDC and BIM initiatives and management. With 18 years of industry experience, the last 10 in a BIM leadership role, Erik uses real-world experience to identify the best practices and technologies to support Dimeo’s Mission “to build the best buildings, relationships and professionals.” By focusing on fitting the best technology to support a task, he looks to improve process with as little disruption as possible. After serving in the 82nd Airborne, US Army, Erik earned a degree in Civil/Structural Technologies from Massasoit Community College.

Peter J. Botelho is VDC Project Manager of Dimeo Construction Company with over 20 years of experience in the practical application of technology within the AECO industry. Peter has an extensive knowledge with the integration of technology and a proven ability to lead organizations into adapting efficient and effective workflows.
Peter is CM-BIM certified by The Associated General Contractors of America, has a Massachusetts Construction Supervisors License, and a core group member of the Construction Institute BIM Council group. Peter is also a Certified Professional for Autodesk Revit Architecture and AutoCAD. Peter’s extensive experience and certifications in coaching sports, enhances the application of collaboration amongst the diversity of stakeholders of projects.


BIM with Data – Enhancing Value for the Owner

Sri Vemuri, HGA Architects and Engineers & Patrick Krzyzosiak, Rudolph & Sletten General Contractors

This presentation discusses the importance of leveraging data in the BIM models. The presenters, Sri Vemuri – BIM Manager at HGA Architects+Engineers, and Patrick Krzyzosiak – VDC Director at Rudolph & Sletten, illustrate the significance of BIM data by sharing their past experiences and current workflows for a large healthcare client on two separate projects in Northern California.

We review how designers and the builders can provide long term-high value for their clients by making smart decisions early on and incorporating workflows around tracking critical model element data. Although BIM has been in use for around 10-15 years now, a lot of firms continue to use BIM authoring tools and technologies primarily for the obvious features of 3d graphics and visualization. These firms are failing to leverage BIM data to gain powerful benefits for themselves as well as their clients to track and measure several critical items on a project. We review some of the newer technologies and related workflows in this discussion.

We also discuss the best strategies around specific modeling and handoffs among the different trades and how to incorporate a lean thinking/mindset in the process to reduce rework and waste that has been so prevelant in our industry. We end with our vision for the future potential of BIM and data usage and will challenge and encourage the audience to think beyond the obvious.


Case Study: Turning Over Validated Space and Equipment Data and O&M Documents by Substantial Completion

Kristine Fallon, KFA &  Tanhia Bejko, TechnipFMC

Case study of FMC Technologies Project Greenfield (72 acres, 7 buildings, 1.7 million square feet) showing how to turn over validated data – space, equipment, warranty terms and providers, spare parts and maintenance procedures, as well as O&M documents, by Substantial Completion.

Learning Objectives:
1. Master a structured approach to reliable data delivery.
2. Know what players, processes and technology products are required for success.
3. Explore new work flows.
4. Evaluate the role of standards in streamlining the effort.
5. Acquire methods for overcoming obstacles.

Kristine K. Fallon, FAIA, is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an innovator in applying information technology to architecture, engineering, and facility management since the 1970’s. She founded Kristine Fallon Associates, Inc. in 1993 to focus on the use of information technology in the capital facilities industry. She has helped architecture, engineering and construction firms, and corporate and governmental facilities groups nationwide to evaluate and implement technology systems. She also developed and, for a decade, instructed a graduate level course entitled Computer Integrated Project Delivery in Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering’s Master of Project Management Program.

Tanhia Bejko is the IWMS Manager at TechnipFMC. She studied Industrial Engineering at the University of Houston, and participated in several Kaizen and Six Sigma (Green Belt) projects. She began her career at TechnipFMC in the Engineering Rotational Program, working roles in Manufacturing Engineering and Project Management. After graduating the program, she joined the Generation Park, Phase II Design team, and later the Phase I Transition team. Tanhia now leads the IWMS group, with focus in the standardization of processes surrounding the technology.