Virtual Design and Construction Services

We use the latest technology modeling solutions to mitigate risk, identify conflicts, shorten timelines and improve communication. By leveraging BIM, virtual mock-ups, AR/VR and 3D printing, we can proactively uncover issues and deliver solutions.

Atrium Health Virtual Walkthrough
Xavier Hub 3D

Virtual Design and Construction

Benefits of using construction technology before breaking ground and then continuing to take advantage of these tools throughout the project:

  • Communication is better among teams.
  • Planning and budgeting is more accurate.
  • Avoid costly issues from unforeseen barriers.

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

BIM can be used to improve outcomes at any stage of a project. That's why we use this technology on nearly 100% of our projects, and the results speak for themselves. On average, MEP RFIs are reduced by more than 70% during construction when BIM is used. Change orders are reduced by more than 45%, and system deficiencies also decrease by more than 55%. We use multiple applications to deploy BIM on projects.  

Autodesk Revit®: Used for model creation and to provide a record model.

Autodesk Navisworks®: Used for early model review and constructability analysis.

Innovaya: A virtual model-based estimating technology that integrates with Messer’s historical cost database used during the development phase for many of our largest and most complex projects.

SketchUp: Used for site logistics planning and safety planning.

Tekla: Used to assist with concrete production.

IU School of Med MEP BIM

Virtual Mock-ups

A virtual mock-up isn't just a fancy picture; it's a problem-solver and cost-saver that helps ensure work is done right the first time. Virtual mock-ups drive better decision-making and help clients feel comfortable that their choices will lead to reliable results. By merging available models into one digital 3D file, we can spot issues and make sure different subcontractor models do not clash with each other. This opens the door for designers, craft professionals, fabricators and operations personnel to collaborate on solutions, save money and prevent significant issues. These mock-ups are making a big impact on projects from airports to health care facilities.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

Issues often arise on complex construction projects. By leveraging gaming tools like AR/VR for construction, we can see what a building will actually look like and, in turn, make better decisions and avoid rework. AR can create a digital twin of a building so VDC, craft, and operations staff can compare what has been done with what is left to do. These technologies also enable us to visualize how MEP will fit into the project, conceptualize what a building will look like in later phases of a renovation, and more.

Campus Partners 3D Mockup

3D Printing

It’s now possible to take 3D-generated models and turn them into full production pieces for large projects. From an artist’s rendering in a 3D model to full-scale pieces that adorn structures, 3D printing can be used to expand possibilities for design and construction.