There are many benefits and solutions
BIM is used for visualizations, quantity takeoffs, and design validation. These can be done
without the need for BIM, but BIM allows it to be done with very little error, more precession,
and more importantly much much quicker.
Secondly, BIM is great for Virtual Rehearsals. Where we build the job on the computer first,
logistics included, and make sure the schedule makes sense.
What does BIM do currently?
• Quantity Takeoffs
• Schedule Validation
• Media – 4D (3D Model + Schedule) videos
• Logistics Plans
Complete takeoff for Marlins Ballpark
was achieved in 17 minutes.
All-Aboard Florida, Jade Signature,
1000 Museum, and SkyRise Miami just
to name a few.
Due to limited resources we only
provide quantities where traditional
takeoff is inadequate for complex
Whether communicating to our own internal team, or to a potential client, we can convey that we have a plan, and that it works.
Sometimes, visualization helps us
realize just how much risk there is for
a project, and allows us to adjust our
Figuring out where to put concrete trucks is just one of the many challenges in our business.
Cranes, temporary structures, safety equipment, from systems, dirt, heavy equipment, and access are all issues that are easier to
resolve in 3D than they are in someone's head.
Not only figuring out where to put cranes, but displaying that information in context with other useful information like pours or
buildings, and quantities, on paper.
Sometimes pretty pictures that don’t
add much construction value still
Our bread and butter. Shows we know the project.
Making sure the schedule we promise to our clients actually makes sense.
What does BIM do currently?
• Line Drawings
• Backgrounds for Engineering
• Logistics Planning
• Spatial Coordination
• Schedule Validation
• Design Validation
• Quantity Takeoff
This is where BIM provides the most
value. Design Validation reduces Baker’s
exposure by making sure that the design
is complete when our line and grade gets
There are just some design issues that
can’t be realized until they are modeled
in BIM or laid out in the field.
How much could this have cost Baker if it
wasn’t discovered until we started laying
• Would an official RFI be asked?
• Would a change order ensue?
• How much carpenter time would
have been lost?
• How much line and grade time would
• Does rebar need to be changed?
These are provided to jobs for one or
• Required by contract for submittal
• Design Validation to get RFIs out
ahead of the construction team
• Needs to be done for Line & Grade,
it’s a byproduct of model creation,
why do the same work twice?
Engineering needs a reliable, accurate,
and up-to-date backgrounds to work
with. Especially when it comes to cross
sections of buildings.
These backgrounds are merely a bi-
product of model creation. Virtually no
extra time is needed to bring these to
Logistics & Spatial Coordination
Figuring out what cranes to use and where to place them. For the Miami Science Museum we literally only had 5ft to spare until
using a Truck pump would not be feasible. It was so tight, we had to layout precisely where the pumps would be placed, and
painted the ground where the outriggers had to sit.
We didn’t realize a lot of things about
the Gulf Stream Tanks until we
modeled it. We found the slopes via
the BIM Model. Would have been
Baker determined that the Top form,
which needed to be used for slopes of
33° or more, did not cover enough of
Pour Planning &
Another thing that would have been
almost impossible to do without
modeling was figuring out how much
concrete was going into the tank.
In the next video, you’ll see a study of
how gravity works with this shape. We
found that the real challenge was at
the ring beam, which also happened to
be where the Architectural finish was.
1. 90% of construction schedules that weren’t validated using BIM have 5 or more logical
2. This is fine because 90% of construction schedules are so long and complicated that no one
bothers to look at them.
3. BIM can solve that with 4D (3D + time).
On Surf Club, we’ve combined the
schedule with the BIM Model. The
blue represents shoring, although one
day we hope to replace this with
actual shoring tables and formwork.
For now, this schedule is just used by
the Project Manager, though the
project managers tend to be
intimidated by the software, and they
don’t use it much if at all. This is due
to several reasons, we believe include:
• Intimidation by seemingly complex
• Hardware limitations
• Input limitations; Software (license
• No direction from management
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
– Benjamin Franklin
Where we are going
Engineering is the logical next step. However, there are several hurdles to tackle before we can do so. Things like catalog creation
and training/hiring capable staff are imperative, costly, and take time. The huge benefit here would be total resource
management, our logistics plan would be more realistic, and we could have a more complete “virtual rehearsal”.
Line & Grade
Not yet implemented, providing points
for robotic total station we can
potentially reduce Line & Grade Labor
while simultaneously providing greater
accuracy, speed, and reliability.
BEAM already owns the total stations
needed. We just need to train and
implement to get it going.
Learn more about Autodesk® Point
With Synchro, its very easy to practice
Lean Construction Principles® on all our
1. Two-Week & Six-Week Look Aheads
can easily be communicated even
with tradesman who cannot read
2. The practice of linking our BIM with
our Construction schedule makes it
necessary to include a “backlog of
3. Seeing upcoming work in context of
surrounding work helps identify
constraints, detail methods for
execution, and identifying pre-
4. Using Project Management software
the way it was meant allows for
matching work flow & capacity. 4D BIM helps us quickly define
constraints as identified by the
Lean Construction Institute®
5D BIM +
This is where the most benefit can be
Currently, we are working on getting
the estimate for Biscayne Beach into
our schedule, this gives us our
baseline cost. We know how many
man hours are required for each
activity, and tracking that, as well as
heavy equipment rentals, rebar
materials/installation etc., can allow us
to see how our project is doing in all
However, this is something we are
exploring, and it will most likely
require more staff to implement.