Architects Modeling for Contractors

Contractors: Are you wondering who to hire for Building Information Modeling (BIM) or Virtual Design and Construction (VDC)? Or how to effectively conduct whole project construction coordination and clash detection?  You might want to consider hiring an architect.

On the recently completed MU South End Zone project, TJ Wies, the cold formed metal framing subcontractor, selected SOA to model all of the framing and sheathing of interior and exterior walls. Because the structural metal framing design was “delegated,” SOA modeled the designs as prepared by local structural engineering firm SSE.

The South End Zone, designed by Populous, was bound to a tight design and construction timeline. Large portions of the drawings utilized “delegated design,” which necessitated that many subcontractors complete portions of the design. Moreover, all subcontractors were required to model their work and upload it to a Navisworks coordination model in order to avoid construction conflicts in the field.

As an architecture firm, SOA uses 3D modeling software daily for highly detailed design and construction documents, so transferring these skills to “shop drawing” level framing modeling was an easy transition. In addition, our expertise in coordinating various construction trades enabled us to perform our own clash detection, anticipating and addressing potential conflicts early in the coordination process.

In a digital design environment, with ever shortening timelines, the preparation of detailed coordination models may be best suited to an architect’s skills. SOA looks forward to being involved similarly on future construction projects!

From Cameron Wies, Manager at TJ Wies Contracting, Inc:

SOA was a fantastic design-assist/BIM modeling partner for TJ Wies on the MU Memorial Stadium South End Zone Expansion Project! They overcame schedule constraints, a difficult BIM execution plan and helped identify and develop missing details within the Architectural and Structural plans. TJ Wies has partnered with several other design-assist firms in the past and none of the partnerships were executed as smoothly and flawlessly as with SOA…

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