In this episode, I talk with Dustin Williams, CEO, and co-founder of Remote Optix, and founder of Flywheel AEC, about BIM for civil engineers and how it is used in civil engineering projects. He also tells us about a specific 4-step process his company utilizes on BIM projects to ensure project success.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Dustin:
- What is BIM and how is it useful in Civil Engineering Projects?
- How can BIM be utilized effectively by Civil Engineers?
- You have a specific 4-step process that you utilize on BIM projects. Can you take us through that process? Let’s start with step number 1 – Explore the Problem?
- A successful plan relies heavily on addressing issues promptly, which is also the second step called: Develop the Strategy. Talk to us about that, please?
- Step number three is to Build the Workflow. How do you do that?
- How do you ensure you provide continued support to your customers, and why is this important?
- What advice can you provide to engineers out there considering a career in civil engineering?
Here Are Some Key Points Discussed in This Episode About BIM for Civil Engineers:
- A large component of BIM is the 3D representation of the design as well as embedding a lot of information into it. BIM for civil engineers has things like all the conveyance calculations in it so that you can convey all the information to your project team at large. BIM for civil engineering projects takes the normal design and remodels it with a higher level of detail containing things like specific materials and site constraints. It helps people in different trades understand the project easier, and in detail. The BIM can be handed over as an “as-built” to the operations phase.
- Reality capture is using sensors like a drone to take photos with data points of a site which are then stitched together to create a 3D model of the site.
- Penn State has a lot of information regarding BIM for Civil Engineers. It contains execution plans that are explained in a scholarly way in a lot of detail. The Construction Progress Coalition is a great place to stay up to date about BIM.
The 4-Step Process to Utilize BIM in Projects
- Explore the Problem – Explore the site, project goals, and find out any underlying issues of the project.
- Develop the Strategy – Use the information gathered in step one to make strategy and implementation plans on how to move forward with the project. It helps to fix the problem areas of the project early in the design process. The 3D model must be completed to make it easy to understand the entirety of the project.
- Build the Workflow – The plan of how to work with the design team and contractors must be made. Scheduled meetings must be set in place to ensure that the correct information is being used so that the BIM is continuously being created correctly.
- Implement and Support – Support is given throughout the different phases of the project on the BIM coordination between all parties involved with the project.
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About Dustin Williams
He is a creative and innovative leader who specializes in live streaming, BIM for infrastructure as well as reality capture utilizing drones and laser scanning. He has over a decade of engineering, surveying, and BIM experience in California, Colorado, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.
Dustin’s expertise includes working from conceptual planning through design, construction, and operations on a broad range of commercial, residential, institutional, and mixed-use projects.
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