BIM: A New Renaissance in Construction Management
Texas Construction

by Darren L. James, AIA

Despite all the buzz around building information modeling, it is really a reintroduction of traditional practices, with technology added. Throughout the history of architecture, scale models have been valuable tools. Before beginning construction, great architects such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Wright all built mock-ups to uncover potential design issues and check constructability.

That's what BIM is all about.

Our company began using BIM architecturally in 2003 and started using BIM for our MEP work in 2006. By 2007, we made the commitment to produce all of our major projects using BIM. To date, we’ve invested in excess of seven figures in software and training to get where we are. It’s been worth it, because extensive BIM infrastructure saves clients field complications that invariably delay the construction schedule and increase the budget.

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