During the preconstruction and construction of our projects, Cranshaw uses both Virtual Design Construction (VDC) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) processes.
Cranshaw’s preferred delivery method gets us involved early in the design process. Working with the project team as the design progresses allows us to use BIM and VDC services to coordinate design intent and program as the design evolves. Our process of identifying high-risk elements and prioritizing them for validation allows for a smooth transition from schematic design to design development and finally construction documents. In addition to design validation, we use BIM models to support our estimating and preconstruction planning efforts.
Cranshaw takes the information gained from preconstruction, lesson learned from past projects, and use it to our advantage when navigating the Construction BIM Process. Through this process, we develop standards and guidelines tailored to each project that are reflective of the Project’s BIM Execution Plan (BXP). To work with the BXP, a coordination schedule is developed and reviewed so that it aligns with the project schedule. By taking the time to develop both of these documents, we prioritize staying ahead of construction as well as minimizing any additional cost. Once trade coordination has begun, we approach every building differently by prioritizing building utility connections, critical MEP systems, steel penetrations, as well as any project-specific unique features. Our BIM and VDC processes and tools are used throughout the entire duration of the project, and upon completion, model files are handed over to owners and facility managers to use for the life of the building.