be visualized and answered in an efficient man-
ner. The organization of data was paramount
since documentation equated to one drawing
issued every six minutes on the project. It was
estimated that $1.5 million in printing costs
alone were saved by this approach.
John McMichael, PE, is Principal Senior Mechanical Engineer at Interface Engineering since 1982.
Wade Snyder, LEED AP BD+C, is the Engineering
Services Manager for JE Dunn Construction.
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heating Coefficient of Performance ( 5.0).
Use of the BIM model translates design information to the field electronically in the form
of construction coordinates. The process, once
automated, increased speed of layout. In spite of
the complexity of floor penetrations for piping,
ductwork and conduit, large sections of floor
slabs were poured at t wo-week intervals. The
BIM model should prove to be a resource for
ongoing operations and maintenance, as well as
future renovations over the life of the building.
Other construction practices used to save
time and improve quality included prefabrication of pipe racks carrying hot/cold domestic
water, dental vacuum and lab gases. Once the
racks were brought to the job site, hoisting and
horizontal transport to the installation were
carried out at a rapid pace. The time from
crane lift to completed rack hanging from
the slab was a matter of two to four hours. By
fabricating offsite and scheduling just-in-time
delivery, it’s estimated the project saved 15%
compared to on-site fabrication.
Other BIM-related practices included job
site kiosks with full access to the contractor’s
current record set at all times. This full tracking
of RFIs, drawings and submittals allowed questions about the complexity of construction to
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