Rolling Out the Cloud

Contributor: Swinerton Blogger   |   April 25, 2013
Rolling Out the Cloud

Swinerton is excited to be rolling out Autodesk’s BIM 360 Glue as a platform for virtual data interface and coordination on the John Muir Health Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) in Walnut Creek, California. This $24-million renovation project includes development of an ACC and administrative office space in an existing 160,000-square-foot office building. The revamped structure will house urgent care, laboratory, and imaging departments, as well as standard physician clinics and administrative support spaces.

BIM 360 Glue is a cloud-based BIM management solution designed to simplify model progression and coordination resolution in a real-time format, with access from anywhere. To begin the ACC renovation, Jon Burke of Swinerton Builders Hawaii and Vincent Marquez of Swinerton Builders Sacramento laser scanned the existing building to develop highly accurate, detailed images and point clouds. This data was then made available in BIM 360 Glue. From there, Swinerton and subcontractors were able to adjust the 3D model and drawings to incorporate the more exact information gathered from the laser scan point cloud.

BIM 360 Glue allowed us to efficiently manage the coordination process and compress the coordination schedule, providing a more precise starting point and real-time information. Essentially, the coordination team was able to work more effectively because the latest and greatest information exists in the cloud.  Populating models has never been more efficient.  With this technology, we have cut coordination meetings down to 45 minutes, as we no longer need to review frivolous clashes. Our subs are able to coordinate in the cloud by avoiding clashes, not creating them.

The benefits of working in the cloud extend to the jobsite, too. On the ACC jobsite, the team is using the BIM 360 Glue mobile app and Samsung Slate to review the model instantly, resolve issues, and allow the jobsite and coordination team to stay connected—in the cloud.