BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING (BIM)
Target is at forefront of technology advancements in the construction industry. BIM (Building Information Modeling) is the process benchmark for construction project delivery. Owners, designers, and construction professionals have witnessed the benefits achieved by generating and maintaining three-dimensional digital representations. The BIM process can be broken down into three main phases:
Coordination Phase – Utilizing programs such as Revit and Navisworks, the project team will fit out the architectural base model in 3D with all of the building’s structural and utility components. This process promotes collaboration among all trades to ensure constructability before any work occurrs. Assembling the building digitally in 3D alleviates RFI’s, field changes, and promotes on site efficiency for the workers. We have linked BIM models to fabrication software in order to pre-fabricate large runs of piping and ductwork. These large sections can then be lifted into place, limiting field connections, overcoming ergonomic challenges and ultimately shortening on site activity durations.
Construction Phase – Once the 3D model is approved by the design team and the client, it is utilized throughout construction as a coordination tool. If questions arise in the field, it is much easier to see the problem area in three dimensions than it is to page through drawings, details and sections. The coordinated model is available at the superintendent’s fingertips at all times via iPad or computer tablet for reference or manipulation.
As-Built/Facilities Management Phase – Toward the end of construction, the BIM team focuses on developing an as-built Revit model for facilities maintenance to utilize. Target will ensure that any and all data that facilities’ management will need to manage the building is included in the as-built model. Equipment, valves, dampers, light fixtures, etc., become interactive for the user. Each piece of equipment, when selected, will provide all relevant information such as: product data, O&M manuals, warranties, and start up reports. Facilities management will have this information, via iPad or computer tablet, on hand when performing regularly scheduled maintenance on equipment or to troubleshoot equipment failure. Individual building systems can be easily isolated to determine affected areas in the event of a scheduled or unscheduled utility shutdown. Overall, the end result of this complex BIM effort will allow the client to manage and maintain their facility with ease and efficiency.
Besides implementation of the BIM process, Target has incorporated the use of BIM 360 Field as a management tool for all team members. This product is a cloud based software that utilizes mobile technologies to allow the construction team to better manage documents, field reporting, material tracking and safety. This interactive real time platform puts all construction documents in the hands of those in the field which improves productivity.