Albertson Engineering Inc. has been an industry leader in the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM). At its essence, BIM provides an information-rich, three-dimensional model of the entire project for all trades. BIM is continuing to evolve and improve at a very rapid pace, and we remain committed to staying at the forefront of this exciting, industry-changing tool. In addition to our commitment to using BIM (primarily thru the use of REVIT Structure) in all of our major projects, we have also been a leader in providing guidance to others in the industry. We have helped other design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, and fabricators with their BIM adoption process. Additionally, we are currently helping a vocational school develop curriculums related to BIM. We will likely be including guidance to them regarding LEED and how to marry BIM and LEED together effectively.
Used correctly, BIM is a powerful tool that allows our collaborative work process to grow beyond where ordinary two-dimensional drafting software is limited. BIM places more emphasis on collaborative design and planning in the beginning phases of a project, so that costs and risks in later stages–like construction and operations where most of the costs are incurred–can be managed and contained. This becomes especially powerful in design/build delivery methods, creating larger advantages for design/build than had existed only a few years ago. Some even more powerful advantages will be seen in the development stage, and we are expecting this to be ready for real world applications very soon.