PES Structural Engineers has placed a high priority on successful integrated BIM workflow. We strive not only to be a key partner and resource for our clients but to also be an effective partner and reliable resource. For that to happen, the works starts here at home.
After designating three full-time staff members as the “BIM Studio Leaders,” PES established a BIM mission statement to supplement the company’s mission statement. The statement (at right) focuses on collaboration and support. Innovative BIM processes and technologies are necessary but sometimes hard to navigate so we work jointly with clients to ensure smooth workflow.
The BIM team at PES has also established four guiding principles that govern all BIM efforts.
BIM Guiding Principles of PES
- Add value to the design team
- Model as it will be constructed
- Model to accommodate change swiftly
- Leverage data for better decision-making
The first and maybe most important principle is adding value to the design team. Modeling using BIM principles tends to reveal some issues that would otherwise not come up until on-site construction begins. These issues addressed ahead of time save time and money, adding immense value to the team. While inherent to the well-executed BIM process, adding value is very important to the PES team.
The second principle, modeling as it will be constructed, is truly what generates the value-add. Modeling as it will be constructed, in a 3D interface, can be much more detailed than most fees and construction schedules allow but the time and cost savings are invaluable and absolutely essential for efficient construction.
Accommodating change swiftly, our third guiding principle, is much easier in a 3D model than traditional 2D construction documents. As changes are adopted more quickly, the RFI process becomes much more manageable. If the model is designed as the project will be constructed, there should be many fewer RFIs as well. Fewer RFIs means less time. Less time means less money. Less money means a happier client.
A model designed with BIM principles allows a design team to select each individual element in the project and learn about its properties. All of this accurate and up-to-date digital information can be leveraged for better decision-making, which is the fourth guiding principle.
These guiding principles were established to help guide the entire PES staff as they work with all of our clients, particularly those modeling in 3D.
PES embraces innovative technologies and processes to help cultivate the dynamic, client-focused culture outlined in our guiding principles. We strive to be a key partner and resource for our clients when it comes to understanding the technical and communication requirements for successful integrated BIM workflow.