Building Information Modeling (BIM) is steadily becoming a major asset of the construction industry as it evolves and creates opportunities for owners, architects and contractors. The coordination and visualization capabilities of 3-D modeling allow all project team members to efficiently understand the design intent and construction possibilities. Hodges & Hicks utilizes the advantages of this technology in several key areas:
Early-Stage MEP Modeling – Create virtual “mock-ups” of overhead mechanical, electrical & plumbing systems and equipment. Allows the team to maximize ceiling heights and minimize conflicts in the field.
Collision Detection – By combining data from structural models with MEP models, we can discover potential collisions while the design is still flexible and can be easily changed.
Energy Modeling – Advances in energy modeling have allowed owners to make informed design decisions early in the process. Natural sunlight, advanced HVAC systems, lighting controls and energy-efficient glazing are a few examples of items that will affect the long-term operational cost of a building. Hodges & Hicks utilizes BIM technology to piece together these factors into a dynamic model of heat loss and energy usage, allowing the design to evolve to meet the project goals and operational budgets.
Building Envelope Analysis – 3-D modeling has changed the way a project team can evaluate the skin of a building. By taking 2-D information and expanding it to the 3rd dimension, the team can now visualize potential risks and opportunities at complex intersections and other areas that are difficult to imagine with 2-D information.
An efficient project is a quality project, and we take pride in delivering a quality project to our clients on time, every time. BIM helps nurture this efficiency. We offer our clients a tailored BIM approach to meet the needs of each individual project.