Wayne Brothers uses BIM to reduce risk and raise value
Wayne Brothers is one of the most progressive and technology-savvy commercial concrete contractors in the Southeast USA. Firmly believing in the value of technology to help it deliver higher quality, better coordinated work, Wayne Brothers began looking at 3D modeling software as a way to reduce risk even further. They wanted to respond quicker to client demands, see concrete and rebar details not visible on 2D drawings, and identify potential issues such as omission and errors in design. In May 2012, the company adopted Tekla Structures. This also lead them to take Tekla BIMsight into use.
Adding value to the workflow
Going beyond simply modeling their portion of a project, Wayne Brothers is taking a step further to identify potential issues during the preconstruction and preplanning stages - well before construction begins - in an effort to reduce waste and avoid delays and cost overruns.
“Combining the models improves the level of collaboration between us, the client and the other subcontractors,” says Daniel Wayne, Project Manager / Director of Technology at Wayne Brothers. “This allows us to add value to the owner by keeping the project cost down and allowing us to contribute to constructing a higher quality building in less time.”
Visualizing complex details for better understanding
“You can see much more detail in 3D than you can in 2D,” says Daniel Wayne. “A project manager or project engineer can stare at 2D drawing sheets for weeks and still not have as thorough of an understanding as is possible after just 15 minutes of looking at the model.”
Wherever they find a problem - something is not constructable or elements are occupying the same space - Wayne Brothers flags the part in red to signal a potential problem to the client, field team and other trades.
“Being able to look at an entire model and see apparent clashes highlighted makes it much easier to communicate issues to the client, other subs and our field team,” says Ryan Barker, CM-BIM, Wayne Brothers’ BIM Manager. “It also makes it much easier to track issues and to ensure concrete doesn’t get poured until we’re 100 percent certain that it’s right.”
Taking BIM to the field
Wayne Brothers has focused on bringing the Tekla model and its information to the field. Once the team has modeled all concrete on a project in Tekla Structures, including the small details such as pour breaks, column isolations, turn downs, anchor bolts, layout points and rebar, the model is exported to Tekla BIMsight and organized by building and object types to make it easy to navigate. The Tekla BIMsight package is saved to the company server, where project team can access but not alter it in the field office, protecting the master model. Users with very little modeling experience can view the model to visualize the project and use it for coordination and collaboration.
“We have found real advantages in putting the model into the hands of our site staff,” says Ryan Barker. “The field model is used for pour planning, progress tracking, coordination and safety planning. Any user of the Tekla BIMsight model has the ability to add their input and save it for all to access.”