BIM Aids in $6.5 Million Health Care Expansion Project
Greg Lawes, principal of Meridian Associates, was scheduled to present how 3D laser scanning and BIM workflows were used for contractor coordination to renovate and expand the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix last year at SPAR 2013 on April 17 in Colorado Springs.
“Meridian Associates saved the day for us …” said Jason Schroeder, BIM coordinator, for Hensel Phelps Construction Co., construction manager on the project. “There was a difference between what was coordinated early on and what was installed due to field changes, unforeseen conditions, and modifications to design at the end…They scanned our facility, processed the data, and provided a modeling/viewing solution. The models were updated and today we have an as-built representation of the building for the owner.”
BIM updating and validation with new tools and work processes required some training and assistance. Meridian worked across state lines with Hensel Phelps and its subcontractors, Cobb Mechanical Contractors, Foothill Fire Protection and Specified Electrical, to help them update their models without visits back to the site for physical measurement validation. The feedback received from Hensel Phelps and the trades was that Meridian’s work processes and selected platforms made data management and dissemination fast and efficient, saving time, reducing costs, increasing accuracy and improving quality.
“The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute expansion project is a great success story about BIM for healthcare renovations and the role of 3D laser scanning in ensuring BIM accuracy.” Greg Lawes explained. “Meridian has cracked the code on some of the challenges in collecting data quickly and serving it up to the project team in a format that they can work with. We are excited to be sharing information on new tools and workflows that will move our industry forward.”
Meridian’s presentation was scheduled to explain how tools from Allpoint Systems, LFM, Navisworks, Z+F, FARO, Autodesk and others were employed on this project. Aaron Morris, senior product manager of Reality Capture, IPG, Autodesk, worked closely with Meridian. “Few organizations are able to foresee the potential of a technology to solve a problem and have the guts to turn it into reality like Meridian,” Morris says. “Innovation is not just about changing the status quo, but facing the risk of applying the "new" and enduring if it doesn't work out. When Allpoint sought to introduce robotic solutions and new methods to laser scanning, Meridian was there to push it into the mainstream. The team at Meridian is both forward thinking and bold. I look forward to seeing the world they help shape.”