BIM Presentation at Huntsville SAME Post

On December 6, 2012, members and guests of the Society of Military Engineers’ Huntsville, Ala., Post gathered at the UAH Olin B. King Technology Hall to hear special industry presentations. Among the presenters was Raul Gomez, Director of Virtual Design Construction/Building Information Modeling at Robins & Morton.

Gomez spoke about the specific advantages of Building Information Modeling technology used on projects for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and on private sector construction projects.

He also focused on the many benefits gained from the use of BIM on Robins & Morton’s VA Hospital Project, the Audie L. Murphy Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, completed in 2011 in San Antonio, Texas.

BIM technology was used for clash-detection, in developing building conflict reports and coordinating and installing all structural steel, mechanical, HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and electrical activities. With data and virtual images provided from the BIM model, the technology was even used to determine that the two large cranes would not impede the flight paths of emergency response helicopters, an issue that arose on the tight hospital jobsite. Combined with other coordination and pre-planning techniques, the use of BIM led to the VA’s satisfaction and the project’s completion one month ahead of schedule, and under budget.

Boyce Ross, PE, Director of Engineering for the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, shared his enthusiasm for the positive advantages of BIM technology in Federal construction in the medical field. “He’s right on the mark,” said Ross of Gomez’s presentation. “I can tell you in the medical community, we’re going 100% BIM on everything from clinics on up. When I see constructors like this company telling us that they’re taking an architect and engineer’s 2-D CAD files and creating a BIM model at their expense—something’s clicking there.”

Audience members gave equally positive response to the capabilities of BIM during the question-answer session. Among audience participants were representatives from several large A/E/C firms including Jacobs, B.L. Harbert International, AECOM, URS and government entities including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.