3D MODELING / BIM
Art Plumbing has always placed a high value on pre-installation coordination due to the complex and highly technical nature of the majority of our workload. In addition to minimizing schedule losses due to conflict, we have found that a well coordinated job is a prerequisite for maximizing labor efficiency, thus contributing to quality and value.
We have been at the forefront of our trade when it comes to integrating new technology. The best process that we have found for our coordination efforts is the implementation of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process. With the use of the latest Auto CAD software and associated 3-D piping and modeling software we are able to streamline the development of the shop drawing process. We currently utilize CAD & FAB-MEP for detailing and “Navisworks” for clash detection.
We currently have eight active CAD stations, and produce accurate and clash free shop drawings on all of our major projects for our field crews to install by.
The key to achieving the enhancements that BIM allows is a carefully scheduled and rigorous design-assist or coordination process. There must be enough time allowed in the preconstruction schedule for the design and construction teams to create an accurate BIM model.
TRIMBLE LAYOUT TECHNOLOGY
A well executed BIM model enables additional productivity gains to be realized via utilization of the Trimble Laser – based layout tool.
We are currently utilizing our Trimble units to increase productivity and simplify the lay out of sleeves and hangers. One person can accurately lay out hundreds of points in a single day … even when the design is complex.
Trimble MEP utilizes the Trimble RTS Series Robotic Stations, a Trimble Nomad, and Trimble MEP layout software to provide our layout crews the precise location of all of our system components contained within the BIM model.
Trimble MEP enables one person to handle layout faster and more accurately than two people using traditional methods. This efficiency results in both a reduction in labor cost and elimination of mistakes that can result in costly re-work.