Torcon offers expertise with all of the industry’s leading building information modeling software, and we provide staff engineers who are trained and experienced in the use of these systems.
Building Information Model
A Building Information Model is a digital representation of the physical and the functional characteristics of a facility. It serves as a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility, establishing a reliable basis for project-team decisions. Creating a BIM model is different from making a drawing in 2-D or 3-D CAD. A modeler uses intelligent objects to virtually build the model.
A well planned and detailed construction BIM process is essential to ensuring the delivery of a high-quality, well-functioning facility. Torcon is aggressive in its implementation of BIM on projects, initiating its BIM effort at preconstruction and continuing through construction, turnover and closeout. We also work closely with our customers and their operations staff to ensure they are able to leverage the information-rich model in the continuing operation of their new facility—transitioning from Building Information Modeling to BIMf ® (Building Information Management for Facilities).
Torcon’s experience has proven that incorporating BIM into the workflow of a project allows us to find efficiencies, incorporate lean practices, and add value. We can effectively eliminate waste throughout the project with improved information transfer; implementing just-in-time practices; and identifying opportunities for pre-fabrication and modular construction.
The greatest value of Building Information Modeling to the construction industry may be its potential to reduce cost, increase productivity, reduce errors and improve quality. It is a valuable tool in facilitating successful collaboration and coordination during pre-design, design, construction, and operation and maintenance of both new and existing buildings.
As a standard Torcon executes a preconstruction model study, which allows us to gauge the level of effort and accurately visualize any potential areas of high-conflict in a project. Identifying these areas early allows the potential conflict to be resolved in the design phase, at the most cost efficient point. We continue the coordination process with development of a detailed Virtual Design Construction (VDC) execution plan to implement BIM on the project. Using an architectural 3D design model as the core, a construction BIM model is created by incorporating all of the architectural, structural, and mechanical details of the building. Subcontractors are required to create their coordinated documents on the specified CAD software.
Torcon also manages the flow of information and contractor model files though its proprietary digital information server. This central repository accommodates all project files, models, and information, and serves to eliminate wasteful tasks, such as redundant paper transfer and information requests. Torcon’s team orchestrates the BIM coordination process directly with the subcontractors at the site. A collaborative building model is compiled from the individual trade models, allowing the team to capitalize on the inherent efficiencies of the BIM coordination effort by eliminating conflicts and ensuring proper clearances for all ductwork, piping, conduit, valves, damper access, light fixtures, hangers, etc.
While the technical attributes of BIM have been widely recognized, the greatest potential benefit lies in the improved organizational and contractual relationships between parties who use a BIM model as the building block for an integrated project delivery (IPD) approach to construction. Torcon recognizes the efficiency of an IPD approach to construction and incorporates many IPD practices in its construction BIM program.