BIM Saves the Day for $6.5 Million Health Care Expansion Project
Greg Lawes, principal, Meridian Associates, Inc., spoke at SPAR International about how 3D laser scanning and BIM workflows were used for contractor coordination to renovate and expand the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix, AZ last year.
“Meridian Associates saved the day for us…” said Jason Schroeder, BIM Coordinator, Hensel Phelps Construction Company, construction manager on the project. “There was a difference between what was coordinated early on and what was installed due to field changes, unforeseen conditions, and modifications to design at the end…They scanned our facility, processed the data, and provided a modeling/viewing solution. The models were updated and today we have an as-built representation of the building for the owner.”
BIM updating and validation with new tools and work processes required some training and assistance. Meridian worked across state lines with Hensel Phelps and its subcontractors, Cobb Mechanical Contractors, Foothill Fire Protection, and Specified Electrical, to help them update their models without visits back to the site for physical measurement validation. The feedback received from Hensel Phelps and the trades was that Meridian’s work processes and selected platforms made data management and dissemination fast and efficient, saving time, reducing costs, increasing accuracy and improving quality.
“The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute expansion project is a great success story about BIM for healthcare renovations and the role of 3D laser scanning in ensuring BIM accuracy.” Greg Lawes explained. “Meridian has cracked the code on some of the challenges in collecting data quickly and serving it up to the project team in a format that they can work with. We are excited to be sharing information on new tools and workflows that will move our industry forward.”
Meridian’s presentation explained how tools from Allpoint Systems, LFM, Navisworks, Z+F, FARO, Autodesk and others were employed on this project. Aaron Morris, PhD, Senior Product Manager, Reality Capture, IPG, Autodesk, worked closely with Meridian. “Few organizations are able to foresee the potential of a technology to solve a problem and have the guts to turn it into reality like Meridian,” Morris says. “Innovation is not just about changing the status quo, but facing the risk of applying the “new” and enduring if it doesn’t work out. When Allpoint sought to introduce robotic solutions and new methods to laser scanning, Meridian was there to push it into the mainstream. The team at Meridian is both forward thinking and bold. I look forward to seeing the world they help shape.”
Meridian Associates Inc., is a leading provider of 3D laser scanning and modeling services for engineering, construction and design applications. By providing timely, accurate information, Meridian helps professionals across transportation, construction, manufacturing, industrial, municipal and power industries to improve their quality, schedule, safety, and risk profile. Founded in 1990, Meridian has executed thousands of laser scanning and modeling projects in the past ten years in thirty five states and five countries. In addition to providing 3D laser scanning services, Meridian is a multi-disciplinary planning, civil engineering, land surveying and landscape architecture firm offering land development and infrastructure consulting services. The firm is headquartered in Beverly, Massachusetts with offices in Westborough, Massachusetts; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Houston, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; and Reidsville, North Carolina. www.meridian-3D.com