Lack of posts have probably made this site somewhat of a ghost town. If anyone is reading though, in October of 2007 I moved on from my previous employer, a small architecture firm in Park Ridge, Illinois to a general contractor in Chicago. I have transitioned from being an architectural project manager to being a virtual construction manager.
“A what?” you say.
A virtual construction manager I say.
My job is to oversee and coordinate the implementation of BIM (building information modeling) in our National Building Group.
BIM is a 3D digital model of a building, containing all aspects of a buildings design in real world dimensions. A good model will have all major architectural, structural & MEP systems, which we can use to assess hard and soft system clashes as well as constructability. With these systems modeled, as an example, we can tell if the architectural drawings and structural drawings are coordinated, and make sure the ductwork fits within a ceiling space.
In addition to checking spacial relationships the 3D model can be linked to construction schedules to create 3d animated visual schedules, which can assist in lean construction methods, site workflow, material orders and logistics.
Told you this blog wasn’t dead.