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From Engineering News Record:
Coming off of big-ticket purchases of construction software firms eBuilder and Viewpoint earlier this year, Trimble has rolled out a broader vision of how the constructible model can be maintained across a project’s lifespan.
With a focus on ensuring 3D models drive work on the jobsite, Trimble vice president Roz Buick outlined the Trimble Constructible Process during the company’s biennial Dimensions user conference in Las Vegas in November. “We see it as an industry best practice,” Buick says. “We want to liberate the data and make sure BIM is not limited to white-collar users. Construction is done in the field in 3D, so taking BIM to the field is logical.”
Bridging the gaps between the model and the site was a major theme at Dimensions. “[Roz Buick] talks a lot about the constructible model, but really, every project we do starts with a good constructible model,” said Matt Henke, VDC manager at Southfield, Mich.-based contractor Barton Malow, who presented at the conference. “We design all of our jobs during the award phase or preconstruction, but we are designing based on how we’re going to build it in the field.” Henke says that his firm has found added benefits from modeling out details that seem unimportant but end up providing crucial information to crews during construction.
Trimble recently recorded a tutorial video of some of its BIM products at Drexel University. This video will be used in Drexel University Construction Management Program classrooms, and will also be shared by GBCA.