Hoar BIM Vision
BIM = Better Information Management. BIM will be fully integrated and undeniably valuable means of sharing information, creating efficiency, minimizing waste, and continually improving the Hoar process of delivering and managing great facilities for great clients.
Building Better with BIM
Building information modeling (BIM) helps Hoar build better buildings. We are using BIM in new and exciting ways with every passing week. We will use this regular e-mail newsletter to update the company on BIM news, so everyone can find ways to be a part of it. We'll give you quick examples of real stories from our projects how BIM saves money and time and reduce risk, while improving quality and adding value to our entire process. We'll also show how BIM helps us understand our projects more clearly, regardless of project size or type. As you'll see, BIM truely makes our work more collaborative and fun. Send us your stories or ideas and we will share them with the rest of the company.
Hoar BIM Update
The past year has been very busy for all of us involved in BIM. We have been working with IT to innovatively develop our infrastructure, we've been training departments in using BIM, and we've rolled out a new 3D coordination process. We completed coordination on 8 projects this year totaling over $250 million, and we are currently coordinating 12 more. Our coordination process is constantly improving and gaining buy-in from our Hoar teams, our subcontractors, designers and our clients. This momentum is a result of communication and ideas from everyone involved. With your continued input, we are excited about what we can contribute to our projects as an integrated team effort.
Model helps control cost for HealthSouth
Overhead coordination has been complete for several months on one of our current HealthSouth hospital projects. Coordination drawings were developed from the models and approved and the items were fabricated and shipped. When our HVAC sucontractor attempted to install the duct that connects to one of the rooftop units, conflicts were discovered that would have resulted in a lower ceiling height, which was not acceptable to the owner. The subcontractor issued a change order to fix the situation, totaling $9,000. Our project manager quickly picked up the phone to call our BIM coordinator and superintendent on the project. Together, they reviewed and compared the subcontractor's model to the HVAC work installed in the affected area. It turns out that the conflict was a result of the duct not being installed as it was modeled, even though the model had been reviewed and signed-off by the HVAC sub. Needless to say, the conversation was short and change order was not paid.
The coordination process exists to help the entire project team: It helps subcontractors avoid costly rework in the field (when the model is followed). It helps Hoar to control cost and avoid delays. It helps our clients by providing a cleaner installation on time and in budget. In this example, a cost overrun was avoided by a coordination process that had been reviewed and approved by the whole project team. In the future, we have the ability to check the installed work to the signed off coordinated model with precise accuracy using a Robotic Total Station (RTS). Having the coordinated model served as a valuable reference check to help solve a potential costly problem without it.