Barnes & Dodge was an early adopter of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology since its inception. From the early years of three dimensional (3D) CAD files to the current capability of spatial coordination, clash detection and resolution, and scheduling, bidding, and operations management, Barnes & Dodge has the tools and the personnel to support BIM efforts at every level.

In most buildings, mechanical systems tend to occupy a majority of the overhead space. Barnes & Dodge utilizes BIM to simulate the amount of space our systems will take above a ceiling, and to ensure that this fits with other systems – electrical, structural and others. This upfront communication with trades allows a fit of building systems and decreases onsite changes.

However, coordination is just the beginning. At Barnes & Dodge, we bring technology to the field in several ways. Where some field personnel have worked with BIM, we make sure our tradespeople have access to the BIM model – in the field. Our innovative “BIM Box” is a mobile coordination center, featuring a large, flat screen monitor with access to these files, all within the confines of a traditional gang box. Hangers, mechanical equipment, and other important items are located with coordinates directly from our BIM files using our robotic survey equipment. This allows us to locate these items faster and more accurately than traditional methods.

Since changes in many areas can occur within a building, use of a laser scanner enables us to verify exact coordinates of installed items, communicating to the owner the most accurate information about building systems. Information from the laser scan can also be used prior to construction in existing buildings, decreasing costs and improving the accuracy of building systems prior to installation.