Fabricator's Perspective

Earlier this week, one of Tocci's modelers, Jeremy Garczynski, attended McGraw Hill's Green BIM Conference earlier this week. Although the definition of green was a little inconsistent through the day (yes, we agree that efficiency and reducing waste is green, but clash detection as green? that's a stretch), the notes that Jeremy sent out to the Tocci VDC team were very interesting.

One presentation specifically caught our eye - the presenter from Zahner, a BIM-enabled wall panelizer specializing in metal surfaces. The project they spoke about was the Art Gallery of Alberta, where they modeled the wall panels for fabrication and used robotic total station to position the panels. Although that process is becoming more common place, I'm still amazed to see subcontractors doing on projects like that (although come to think of it, I don't know how someone would do it otherwise!). I also found this article on the construction process.

As I was researching Zahner, I found a BIM article on their website. While it could use a little imagery, I love their perspective and the way they talk about the process - probably because it's exactly how we talk about it internally:
"Like a growing leak in the dike of ingrained conventions, the integration of digital technology is dissolving the barriers that slow down the building process. Companies that do not embrace this technology will be overwhelmed by the shift that is occurring."

"Litigious concerns for who is responsible for checking or validation are less and less an impediment."

"You can see it in the eyes of those that work in the process. Being part of creativity is fun and satisfying."

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