A Better BIM for Higher Education
Ranked among the top 100 “Best Value” colleges in the United States by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, the University of Texas at Dallas has grown about 70 percent in the last decade. Under the leadership of President David E. Daniel, UT Dallas has opened an $85 million Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory and embarked on an ambitious plan to overhaul the look and feel of the entire campus--including a $27.7 million renovation of a 40-year-old complex known as Founders Hall. One of the university’s oldest buildings, the Founders Hall complex includes two chemistry buildings and another building with administrative offices, a laboratory and classrooms. The goal of the renovation was to improve energy efficiency and update classrooms, laboratories and meeting rooms in all three structures while adding modern amenities.
Ordinarily, Turner would have called on junior architects or engineers to perform an onsite inspection, collecting data with an electronic tape measure. However, the sheer density of the utility network made this an extremely challenging endeavor. Conducting the work through traditional means would have required a minimum of two months and tens of thousands of dollars to gather approximate pipe locations and create a CAD drawing.
The University of Texas at Dallas project is not the first time Midwestern Consulting has used laser scanning to help architects, engineers and contractors complete a new or renovated project at a college or university. Other projects have included the University of Michigan Law Quad, Stockwell Hall dormitory and the football stadium known as The Big House. For the football stadium, Midwestern surveyors provided scan data, aisle/row/seat data and structural layout for the existing facility so that the university could make improvements such as widening each seat by 2 inches, which reduced the stadium capacity by 10,000; building new luxury skyboxes on the east and west sides; and creating wider concourses.
“High definition laser scanning brings added value to clients and the entire project team,” Walker concludes. “It’s digital, accurate, measurable and fits perfectly in the emerging building information modeling environment.”
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