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The design process within construction industry has changed over time and past decades.  We, in the construction industry, have seen a transition from sketches and drawings on paper to plastic media, to the point in the early ‘90s of using technology in the form of AutoCAD, developing designs for owner projects using software, all within a 2-deminsional (2D) world.  As with any 2D drawing, it was difficult to convey concise and clear design and construction intent.  Near the start of the 21st century, technology improved significantly by utilizing new technology and 3-deminsional (3D) designs now within a virtual world.  This new process is called…..Building information Modeling (BIM).

In 2008, design and construction professionals developed guideline for ACE to address BIM for the construction industry.  This was highly successful, in that it began the process of identifying key software, methodologies, processes and tools to use BIM in designs for building projects.  As we now move from 2013 and beyond, ACE continued this program with the new eBook….”An ‘Update’ and Introduction to the Best Methods Approach” for BIM & VDC, through a collaborative effort of designers, constructors and owners.  Within the text, it brings the reader to understand why the tool is successfully used from the owner’s perspective, as well as how BIM&VDC is addressed within contracts.  The text provides a guideline of processes used by the designer and how BIM is applied at each of the building phases from concept through turnover to construction and eventually to the owner, along with specific suggested deliverables.  From the contractor’s perspective, it addresses the use of VDC during the construction phases such as logistics, shop drawing development, building phasing, while now being able to predict cost and schedule requirements for the construction teams and owner.  VDC examines uses for detailed construction applications and techniques which include:

  • Architectural detail elements and specific assemblies
  • Building steel systems (structural steel, framing, etc.)
  • Mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP)
  • Site Civil requirements (UG building utilities, street and bridge work, etc.)
  • Startup & Commissioning Phases

As the owner’s facilities transition from turnover and its operational phase, the model can be provided to the owner with files of data-rich information, all which can be used during the operational phases from energy and facility management, to operation and maintenance by the owner’s group. 

This eBook is not only a highly informative resource , but can be used as a technology tool for owners, designers, constructors and vendors, all which will have a significant positive net change for use on simple and multi-faceted projects for an owner on their next projects.