Building Information Modeling (BIM) at Bush Construction
At Bush Construction, we utilize Building Information Modeling (BIM) to produce and manage virtual models of our projects. This can range from entire buildings and services, down to the smallest details. These models contain countless pieces of information that we can extract for material quantities, field verification, coordination, communication and more. All of this helps us improve on our planning and construction processes already in place, to deliver a successful project to our client, regardless of size or complexity.
“When we use BIM at the front-end design stage, and throughout the life of the project, we can see the project three dimensionally, and make changes in a virtual environment before the building is ever built,” explains Michael Johnson, Virtual Design and Construction Manager at Bush. “It’s important to see the building in process, not just when it’s built. Not everyone can get a full understanding of a space through two dimensional plans. Modeling in 3D gives Bush, and our clients, the best possible way to see what the project will be through the project lifecycle, and when completed.”
The BIM process at Bush Construction begins with an idea. A client will come to us with an idea—either simple or complex—looking for our team to not only build their project, but to help really visualize what they want. Our team guides them through the process of what their building or remodel could look like once built, as well as how we will get to that point.
“Today, BIM is a part of our everyday process, so we aim to use it from the very beginning of the project,” says Johnson. “This tool can help our clients communicate the ideas that they have in their head, and can truly help them to visualize the final space.”
As the project continues to progess, we utilize the same model the team started with, and continue to iterate and work toward a true construction level model. We continue to add to every detail of the project—from large equipment in the space down to the pipe valves. For projects with multiple stakeholders, BIM has become a tool to help generate continuous excitement and get key people on board with the project—at every stage.
“At Bush Construction, we are constantly trying to find what’s next. Today, BIM is standard and we continue to work it more and more into our processes. All the while, we are exploring additional innovative uses; not simply settling on using it as a tool. As construction technology quickly progresses, so are we. Our goal is to remain a leader in the market,” said Johnson.
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