Creating the Industry’s Best Practices

Fueled by our passion for doing things right the first time, we’re not just following construction technology best practices, we’re creating them. Egan influences new technology through our relationships with software partners like Autodesk and shaping national practice through our involvement with the American Subcontractors Association. Our technology director and BIM specialists are frequent guest speakers at premier construction technology events like BuiltWorlds, Hexagon Live, Autodesk University and more.

3D Coordination

Egan’s practice is to coordinate all of its mechanical installations because of the cost and time savings, particularly when it comes to clash detection. Changes in the field are far more costly than changes to the 3D model, so we take great care to ensure constructability of design. Additionally, we design for ease of access to systems and equipment for future maintenance.

Our coordination capabilities combined with an in-house fabrication facility allows Egan to begin modular construction before the design is fully complete. On past projects with expedited schedules, we’ve implemented this strategy to reduce onsite construction time and project costs. As Design Drawings for certain phases were released, we began fabricating for the earliest phases while the design team continued to work on later ones. This tandem approach to design, fabrication and installation shortened the overall project schedule.

Building Information Modeling

Building Information Modeling

We analyzed the labor hours of our very first BIM project in 2001 and discovered that for every hour we spent on virtual design and construction, we saved two hours in the field. The reason? We identified and corrected potential multi-trade clashes in the model before they were installed.

With more than 20 years of in-house BIM implementation across hundreds of projects, today we offer multiple BIM Levels of Development (LOD). From schematic designs for projects early in development to complete As-Built turnover packages, our BIM specialists collaborate with owners, design professionals and construction teams to bring the most value to your project.

Construction Point Layout & Validation

Validating the BIM coordination model throughout construction, using laser scanning, is a progressive approach to ensure the model is within tolerance of the as-constructed conditions of a project. If any out-of-tolerance installation errors are discovered, the BIM model can be updated to reflect the accurate as-built conditions. This process will help prevent costly on-site changes and prefabrication errors, as well as enable the delivery of an accurate BIM model to the owner.

Through BIM Point Layout, it is possible to minimize the disconnect between the coordinated BIM model and trade contractors in field. Manual layout is vastly prone to human error, which deteriorates the accuracy of the BIM model over the duration of a construction schedule. By incorporating survey point layout in the BIM coordination process, owners and contractors will see increased efficiency, smarter ways to accomplish tasks, better control of cost and time variance and higher value at a similar or decreased overall cost.