At Shelco we utilize a revolutionary tool called Building Information Modeling, or BIM. BIM is rapidly transforming complex building processes—speeding project completion, lowering costs and improving overall quality at the same time.
BIM allows us to view every aspect now—fully realized and in vivid 3-D to essentially “build” the building twice—first in virtual form, where we can easily identify and resolve issues without costs or delays—then in the field, where the optimized project is constructed.
BIM helps us find and fix problematic details and conflicts among materials and systems while the plans are still developing. It allows some building components to be precisely fabricated in the shop rather than on the site.
And in the field, it is an indispensable tool to create coordination drawings for all trades, identify exact locations of penetrations and sleeves, and to visualize the project’s schedule, sequence, and logistical requirements.
- Facilitating collaboration
- Reducing mistakes and misunderstandings
- Lowering costs from changes during construction
- Expediting scheduling and processes
- Increasing precision and safety
- Mitigating risk through real-time clash detection
At Shelco, we staff an in-house team of professionals dedicated to BIM. Our director of BIM has years of experience working with “Virtual Building Systems/Software” (Revit, Navisworks, 3DS, CAD.) and many industry leading software for a wide range of projects including laboratories, data centers, healthcare facilities, low to high-rise structures, and multi-million-square-feet higher education campuses. Our BIM capabilities include:
- Converting 2D plans and specifications to a 3D model
- Collaborating between multiple design disciplines
- Developing a complete constructability analysis
- Generating quantity take-offs from a 3D model
- Scheduling construction in 4D (time)
- Providing flybys, renderings and walkthroughs
- Simulating interferences and collision detection
- Anticipating maintenance and scheduling
- Facilitating space planning and asset management
- Adding phase planning as needed
- Coordinating disaster planning, logistics and safety
- Providing as-built drawings and a model at project completion