Swinerton Team Talks BIM at FutureTech ConferenceContributor: Swinerton Blogger | March 25, 2013
On March 14, Swinerton’s James McKenzie, Vincent Marquez, and Eric Davis extolled the benefits of building information modeling (BIM) and cloud-based collaboration at Engineering News Record’s FutureTech conference in San Francisco. Our team was invited to present at the gathering of more than 300 AEC industry leaders who joined to discuss innovative technologies that are shaping the future of design and construction. Swinerton has had great success with new virtual design tools, including Autodesk's BIM 360 Glue and BIM 360 Field, on select projects.
Swinerton’s panel showcased how they used BIM 360 Glue to improve efficiency and project delivery on a renovation of the 155,000-square-foot John Muir Ambulatory Care Center in Walnut Creek, California. BIM 360 Glue is a multidisciplinary tool that allows project team members to work on models in the comfort of their native environments, then share models by uploading them to cloud-based “glue” servers. This cuts down hugely on wasteful upload/download time of traditional model-sharing methods.
With instant and mobile access to shared data, project team members can coordinate seamlessly to detect and avoid potential clashes. On the John Muir project, use of this technology helped reduce the weekly coordination meeting from a burdensome four hours to under 45 minutes.
“Having managed many projects with that stilted workflow, I am not going back,” vowed Marquez, Swinerton’s BIM manager. The benefits extend to the jobsite, as well, where Swinerton is using BIM more than ever. “There’s no more searching for the correct model,” explained Marquez. ”Our teams simply grab their tablets and walk the job.”
The FutureTech conference is proof that more and more AEC leaders are recognizing the game-changing potential of BIM and other virtual design tools. As these technologies evolve as a rapid clip, Swinerton’s VD&C team will be there every step of the way, testing these tools in the cloud and getting them in the hands of our superintendents on the ground!
-By Madigan Talmage-Bowers