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Integrating BIM

Hartmann and Sandoval Selected for Revit Gunslingers

KAI is home to two Revit Gunslingers! Mike Hartmann and Arno Sandoval are both members of this ‘invitation-only’ group for Autodesk. Gunslingers beta test new versions of Revit and this year, Autodesk will be holding two sessions, each with Architecture, MEP, and Structural groups. Mike was one of 16 invitees from across the country for the past two years, and some of his comments and suggestions were incorporated into the final versions of the software. As a member of the Architecture group, this will be Arno’s first year attending. Congratulations guys!

Got BIM?

The AGC’s inaugural St. Louis BIM Expo will be the BIM event of the year for those involved in the local Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (A/E/C) community. Industry experts will present on the impacts of BIM through education, collaboration, and execution.

Navisworks - A Practical Application

Case Study: During the construction of Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary School in Dallas, Texas, the contractor had concerns about ceiling clearance for lighting, heat pumps, ductwork, and plumbing. They requested that the ceiling be lowered 12" (from 10' to 9') to accommodate these items.We were able to easily put the contractor's concerns to rest using Navisworks.

BIM = Collaborative Design

At KAI, having both Design and Build under one roof allows us to collaborate on nearly every aspect of the design and construction process. Collaboration is key to the way we operate, and in fact, is a true competitive advantage. We use BIM tools, such as Revit, to support our collaborative efforts. The article below, written by Viktor Varkonyi, CEO of Grahpisoft, is a great example of how BIM lends itself perfectly to open collaborative design: 

Ask the Expert: How Might Contractors Benefit from using BIM?
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

KAI's Kent Hoynacki, CDT was interviewed by the Post-Dispatch for their "Ask the Expert" section. Kent discusses how BIM has moved from the A/E design studio out into the construction trailers. View the article by clicking the link below.

Growth in Green Building Use Expected to Drive Use of BIM Tools Says New McGraw-Hill Construction Study

The growth of the green building market will drive adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, according to a new SmartMarket Report, Green BIM: How Building Information Modeling is Contributing to Green Design and Construction, released by McGraw-Hill Construction.

Crate & Barrel Uses BIM to Reduce Project Costs and Time

U.S. retailer Crate & Barrel has utilized BIM in its construction projects since 2002 when company executives made a strategic decision to adopt the technology. The company's director of construction says BIM is allowing the retailer to continue building during the tough economic times, reporting that current projects take 40 percent less time and cost 50 percent less to complete than projects built before utilizing BIM. Click on the link below to read the complete article featured in Daily Commercial News and Construction Record.