Jeff Stephenson, P.E., is the Team Leader of [...]
According to a new report produced by McGraw-Hill Construction, Building Information Modeling (BIM) adoption has really taken off in recent years. In 2007, adoption was at just 17% compared to 70% in 2012.
This is an impressive growth rate despite economic pressures. It suggests that even during the recession, the industry including owners, architects and engineers, is continuing to invest in a more efficient and productive future by embracing new technologies and processes.
We are using this technology almost everyday in coordinating our projects. We have used it to assure that utility mains did not conflict with large footings for a parking garage at Ft. Benning, GA, and we have used it to prevent conflicts between utilities and connections between multiple buildings in a complex at Redstone Arsenal.
These methods of coordination have become pretty standardized for us as we coordinate with architects and other design consultants on our projects. It is a very effective tool which allows all the team members to see exactly what structures or obstacles they have to work around in a virtual environment, before the project is under construction. It is well worth the investment.
Read more from the report in this McGraw-Hill Construction article.
Sain Associates, Inc., is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with offices in Cullman, Alabama, Pulaski, Tennessee and Mandeville, Louisiana. Sain is a site engineering, traffic/transportation engineering and planning and land surveying firm with experience in more than thirty states.