AECOM advances Building Information Modeling (BIM) for improved project delivery across all of its markets
AECOM to increase use of building information modeling solutions in its architecture, engineering and construction projects in FY 2011
LOS ANGELES — (BUSINESS WIRE) — November 4, 2010 — AECOM Technology Corporation, a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world, is actively implementing Building Information Modeling (BIM) across its global business lines to improve the efficiency and quality of project delivery and long-term project performance.
AECOM’s technical leadership has adopted the Building Information Modeling method as the global standard for technical delivery and is developing processes that will significantly increase its usage in delivering services to its clients.
“BIM-based design and project implementation results in higher quality work, greater efficiency and lower costs to the client,” said Jim Walsh, AECOM chief technology officer. In addition, BIM yields a tremendous amount of data that can be used over the lifetime of a project, which provides the owner/operator analytics-based information to monitor performance, perform preventive maintenance, detect critical variances and improve operational efficiencies.
One of AECOM’s marquee projects for which BIM was used is the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in California. The $US20.6-million Sustainability Base was designed with William McDonough + Partners acting as design architect and AECOM acting as architect of record, to achieve LEED Platinum™ sustainable design certification and to approach net-zero energy consumption. The project presented several challenges including managing the communication of AECOM team members based in San Francisco, Moffett Field and Orange County, Calif.; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Phoenix, Ariz.; as well as meeting strict budgetary restrictions from NASA that accelerated the project timeline.
“A common BIM software platform helped the architects to quickly see how structural changes impacted the architecture,” said June Grant, AECOM project manager. The building’s design challenges included a complex radial geometry, an innovative steel-frame exoskeleton and numerous sustainability features, such as geothermal wells, natural ventilation, high-performance wastewater treatment and a photovoltaic roof, which will provide 30 percent of the building’s power.
“We are in the midst of a technological transformation in the AEC industry,” said John Kizior, AECOM director of delivery solutions. “It is imperative that AECOM utilizes combined knowledge to transform the 100-year-old linear and repetitive paper-based process into one the wisely and efficiently utilizes information to enhance our delivery capabilities across the entire clients value chain, regardless of market sector or location.”
Based on the results of BIM studies in each market sector, AECOM’s technical leadership established a comprehensive roadmap that defines the necessary requirements needed to meet the client’s expectations and maximize its capabilities.
AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 51,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation, and technical excellence in delivering solutions that enhance and sustain the world's built, natural, and social environments. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in more than 100 countries and had revenue of $6.3 billion during the 12-month period ended June 30, 2010. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at www.aecom.com.
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