Friday, August 18, 2017
Building Information Modeling (BIM)




You may have already heard of BIM and its advantage to allow contractors to coordinate their systems before installation for a near seamless workflow. 3D Modeling, and its highly accurate nature and ability to convey complicated design layouts, has made it an essential tool in the construction industry. At Southwest Electric, we believe that virtual coordination is only one aspect to BIM, and the first step to a much grander understanding of the benefits it presents. In fact, as early adopters, we strive to educate ourselves and the community in the many uses of BIM and eagerly find new ways to utilize the BIM process in every aspect of our operations. This includes:








  • Design-Assist
  • Pre-Coordination
  • Value Engineering
  • Estimations
  • Prefabrication
  • Planning & Logistics
  • Coordination Studies
  • Purchasing
  • Shop Drawings
  • Equipment & Material Tracking
  • Service/FM
  • And most importantly, Safety




Over the years, Southwest has made a conscious effort to maximize and integrate the BIM process so that our Clients can obtain a truly value-added service that is superior to the competition. This comes in the form of highly detailed and information-rich model libraries, intelligent modeling tools for speed, automation for increased accuracy, data extraction for material purchasing, and integrated prefabrication assemblies. All of these proprietary methods allow Southwest Electric to surpass the competition and pass on the savings and quality to our clients.







Through the BIM process, Southwest Electric was able to consult with the design team regarding the above electric room. Using true dimensional accuracy, the electrical equipment was added to the design model in a way that allowed ample conduit to penetrate the floor and take a more direct pathway. Core drilling was also eliminated with the use of accurately sized block-outs. This saved construction time and materials, thereby providing savings to the Owner.








Southwest Electric understands that the devil is in the details. This is why every effort is made to provide a model that is complete and beneficial to ALL parties involved. As the left image shows, branch conduit, hangers, and junction boxes have been detailed in order to minimize future field clashes and coordinated to provide the best possible accessibility to the Owner’s facility maintenance team.












The “I” in BIM is just as important as the model itself. After coordination completion, Southwest Electric integrates and utilizes data extraction utilities to gather information from the model for the purchase, fabrication, and planning of our projects. At the same time, valuable information is also passed on to our clients for their FM use. This value-added service, in the form of information rich modeling, can be used for equipment and material tracking.








If you’d like to request more information about our BIM process and capabilities, or would like to schedule an in-house consultation, please contact our main office at (210) 568-1632. Whether you’re preparing for a capital improvement project, or minor renovation, we look forward to enhancing your project with our industry-leading expertise.







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