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Author Leia Hoot
Published Oct 26 2022
Last Updated Apr 14 2023

The not-so-secret technology that can save you time and money.

Since we’re all about the truth around here, let’s get to the point: we have the technology and skills to make the construction process more predictable. BIM helps mechanical contractors and trades significantly reduce costs and the risk of mistakes, minimize delays, and virtually eliminate material waste. Importantly, it also allows disparate teams to collaborate productively by pre-determining object placement and fastening techniques.

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5 Benefits of BIM

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is one of the services our Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) division uses. BIM creates a 3D digital representation of buildings that allows you to walk through the system before it’s even built. Gone are the days of old-school 2D drawings that resulted in confusion, delays and change orders. BIM and VDC are the future of commercial design, and we want everyone to experience the advantages of this collaborative and digitized 3D software. Here are just some of the true and real-life benefits we’ve provided our clients by using BIM:

  1. Reduced coordination on-site. Thanks to BIM’s 3D modelling, we can physically see the design, which means we can prevent any clashes and fix design errors well before construction starts. A common example is ensuring ductwork doesn’t run through piping – if that had happened on site, there’d be costly change orders and a lot of wasted time and materials to fix the problem.
  2. Optimized routing. In layperson’s terms, this means less material is wasted. For example, because we can virtually design projects in 3D, if you’re laying a long run of pipe, we can ensure the optimal layout and avoid you having to waste materials trying to build around someone else.
  3. Improved accuracy. Because design information is readily available, we can cast hangers into slabs above in exact locations rather than drilling them after the fact. Meanwhile, sloped piping, or anything downhill where an invert has to hit a particular slope, is a breeze. And speaking of accuracy, we also provide the most accurate material takeoffs for estimating.
  4. Optimized space. Due to BIM’s precision, all piping and fittings are modelled to exact dimensions. This means we can prefabricate huge lengths of piping and whole mechanical rooms shipped to site and ready to go. Not only is time saved because no on-site prep work is required, but precious square footage is optimized.
  5. Enhanced visualization. With our 3D modelling capabilities, you can explore spaces in 3D and walk through the model on-site precisely as you would in real life. Furthermore, if someone on-site needs drawings, we can generate them immediately in various area types, sizes and views.

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What makes us different

The truth is, we’ve been using BIM for a while now. Our modellers are masters at it, and combining that expertise with our construction teams makes us the most BIM-proficient mechanical contractor out there. Ready to learn how you can take advantage of our BIM expertise and save on labour, time and material costs? Give us a call today to find out more.

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“The better you can understand the problem, the better you can solve it.”

— Leia Hoot, VDC Designer, EIT

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True Constructible is an in-house approach we created to streamline the coordination of building and trades. This allows us to create buildable solutions while also being effective on-site.

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