Electrical BIM & VDC
Our roots in the construction world began with the Electrical trade, which continues to inspire our journey. The electrical scope presents one of the most significant gaps between design and installation, and we work tirelessly to bridge that gap. From kickoff to Trimble installation, we provide our customers with the leanest system possible as we coordinate with their project team.
Our process begins with setting up project parameters, studying design documentation and coordinating preferences with the field team. We then use those parameters to inform our redline PDFs and conduit schedules. Once the client is satisfied with the system we have redlined, we push through a rigorous modeling phase with coordination overseen by construction professionals on our team. Our goal is to ensure our clients are building the system they prefer, and we’ll go to any lengths required to achieve it.
Who We Build With:
VEC uses redlines for most, if not all, of our projects when modeling BIM, allowing us to achieve optimal routing from the get-go. The engineering team sends us contracting documents, from which we develop 2D redlines that translate into a 3D model. First, we analyze the single-line diagrams and feeder schedules so we can lay out the main distribution systems for the project. Next, we sift through lighting, power, and telecom options to determine the flow of home runs and branch systems throughout the building while maintaining the integrity of the original design.
VEC’s construction experts review proposed designs, plan sequencing within each construction specialization, identify potential issues, and suggest improved construction performance. These constructibility efforts minimize onsite construction work (or rework) and ensure onsite activity is safe and efficient. Our goals in this arena include:
– Improving equipment layout and type
– Vetting installation options
– Optimizing system routing
– Selecting the best materials
Investment in these initiatives upfront reduces construction costs down the line: timelines shrink, safety improves, and everyone stays happy!
We build the BIM model right the first time, incorporating all the client’s means and methods, system routing, and pre-fabrication preferences. At the start of every project, we spend time with the field team to understand their preferred methods and pre-fabrication desires and capabilities. We familiarize ourselves with all available options.
Once the BIM coordination process is complete and an area is “Signed-off,” the trades are locked into that routing, and any changes in the model (or in the field) must be rerouted around the other trades.
Shop/installation drawings are produced from the “Sign-off” model, the material is procured, and the field team proceeds with the installation per this set of drawings.
The primary purpose of any BIM application is to provide clear building installation documents to the field based on a coordinated, clash-free model. Our goal is to work in collaboration with the field team to produce high-quality install packages that cater to site-specific needs.
VEC has full-time software developers dedicated to R&D to cut down inefficiencies in the modeling and annotation process, coding plug-ins that automate our day-to-day workflow, boosting the quality of our output and minimizing errors.