January 1, 2011

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

The field of Electrical Engineering has changed progressively over the last thirty years. In keeping up with modern industry standards, Silverman & Light has expanded our services to include BIM. Since our implementation of BIM in 2007, it has rapidly become an extension of our engineering services. We are excited to be part of this change in industry and the value this new methodology allows us to provide our clients. At Silverman & Light, we are currently using BIM in collaboration with several design teams, using the Intergraded Design Process (IDP) on very high profile projects in both the transit and healthcare sectors. In healthcare it has been noted that these collaborative tools have reduced the construction coordination problems which constitute 45 to 55 percent of the total costs of hospital construction projects. It has also been noted that it has been possible to deliver projects faster and under budget using 3/4D modeling to promote optimal building team collaboration. Our Engineers and Lighting designers work in collaboration with other associates using Autodesk’s Revit Architecture/MEP, and other three-dimensional software, to present spaces and lighting effects, photometric calculations of artificial and natural light levels, and analysis of energy management. We also use tools such as Navisworks Manage, which allows us to do interference testing and schedule analysis. This has been a key factor in curtailing costs and budget overruns. This clash detection software in combination with Revit gives us the ability to coordinate with other trades in 3D before ground has ever been broken, greatly reducing the number of conflicts in the field.