Building Information Modeling (BIM)

In 2008, Ajax recognized the growing importance and benefits that Building Information Modeling (BIM) brought to the construction industry and incorporated BIM practices into our construction delivery methods.  Since that time, Ajax has continued to expand our BIM capabilities with the goal of staying on the cutting edge and ahead of the industry curve as related to BIM.  Today, Building Information Modeling (BIM) continues to gain momentum as the preferred method of project delivery and we are both proud and fortunate to have been one of the “early adopters” of BIM.

Ajax utilizes Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, 3ds Max Design, Navisworks Manage, and Navisworks Freedom software platforms to perform BIM-related tasks such as design visualization, constructability reviews, quantity take-off verification, site planning and site utilization, systems coordination and clash detection, trade coordination, virtual mock-ups, scheduling and sequencing reviews, and as-built documentation.

The following are a few examples of how Ajax utilizes Building Information Modeling (BIM) for the benefit of our projects.200718_UF-Hough-Hall_Image-01_071310-SMALL

Design Visualization:  The BIM model provides a level of 3d visualization and design communication that is not afforded by other design delivery methods.  The BIM model can be explored in-depth, offering unlimited views and sections of the project and the work at hand.  These design visualization benefits of the BIM model are carried through to the construction phase through the use of Navisworks Freedom software which is utilized by our on-site project teams.

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Site Planning and Site Utilization:  The BIM model is utilized by Ajax to plan and communicate our intended use of the project site taking into account items such as existing conditions, mobilization activities, site logistics, sequence of work, site access and routes, site safety measures, equipment locations, temporary construction, site utilities, and site improvements.  These items are incorporated (i.e. modeled) into the project BIM model and are an effective means of conveying our plans for the project site through “Town Hall Meetings” with project stakeholders and occupants of neighboring buildings.

UF Hough Hall_Floor 01b_Wht BGClash Detection:  The BIM model is utilized to perform systems coordination and clash detection activities.  This allows for the identification and correction of conflicts in building systems or components in the BIM model during the design phase rather than during the construction phase when the correction of such conflicts can result in costly corrective measures.

Post Construction “As-Built” Documentation:  The BIM model is maintained and updated by the project team throughout the construction phase, incorporating design revisions and submittal data such as RFIs, ASIs, Owner Changes, Material Data, Equipment Data, etc.  The result is an “As-Built” BIM Model that can be turned over to the Owner and their Facility Department at the close of the project.

Ajax fully recognizes the benefits that Building Information Modeling (BIM) offers and we are confident that the entire construction industry will eventually migrate to BIM as the benefits of this technology become increasingly apparent.