BIM Giants: Firms enhance BIM/VDC with advanced collaboration tools [2014 Giants 300 Report]

Cloud-based data sharing, rapid iterative design, and cross-discipline collaboration are among the emerging trends in the BIM/VDC field, according to BD+C's 2014 Giants 300 Report.

To support rapid iterative design approaches on the 30,000-seat Al Meena Soccer
To support rapid iterative design approaches on the 30,000-seat Al Meena Soccer Stadium project in Basrah, Iraq, structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti developed a specialized, cloud-hosted BIM model that enabled near-real-time structural analysis and feedback of design changes made by the design architect, 360 Architects. RENDERING: 360 ARCHITECTS
August 04, 2014

This past April, more than 500 AEC professionals—many from Giants 300 firms—gathered in Boston for BIMForum. Now in its ninth year, the group, which is co-sponsored by AGC and AIA, brings together tech-minded professionals twice yearly to discuss how BIM/VDC tools and advanced workflows are being used to enhance collaboration of the Building Team. 

Of the 20-plus presentations at the Boston event, one stood out as being particularly indicative of emerging trends in the BIM/VDC field—namely cloud-based data sharing, rapid iterative design and analysis, and cross-discipline, cross-company collaboration.

In their presentation (http://tinyurl.com/BIMForumTT), Thornton Tomasetti’s Ben Howes and Matthew Naugle demonstrated how their firm is building specialized, cloud-hosted BIM models on select projects that enable rapid structural analysis and feedback for the architectural teams. 

As Howes and Naugle describe it, the model has the ability to share certain high-level inputs and outputs—including geometry rationalization, cost, and environmental and operational performance—with the design team. As designers make changes, the model reads the updated BIM data, runs the desired analysis, and then returns analysis feedback automatically—all without the need for exchanging full 3D models. The result is a near-real-time, iterative design process that greatly improves the conceptual and schematic design phases.


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“Iteration is great, but it can take too long,” said Naugle. “Using the cloud to connect the architectural and engineering teams, we’re able to extract information out of the model that’s relevant to each other and share it in real time.”

 

CUSTOM API DEVELOPMENT

Also at BIMForum, Stantec’s BIM R&D Leader Robert Manna demonstrated how the firm is enhancing its BIM solutions through the development of custom API-based applications. Its latest creation, PathFinder, automates the computation of walking 

distances and straight-­line distances between rooms in a BIM model. Developed in partnership with BIM consultant Boost Your BIM, the program enables Stantec’s design teams to analyze a proposed design within a few hours, versus days, said Manna. 

“Manually identifying these paths and measuring walking distances between hundreds of rooms would be a tedious, time­-consuming, and error-­prone task,” said Manna. The program is especially helpful on hospital projects, but could be used for designing airport terminals, classroom buildings, and labs, as well as for campus planning and life-safety applications, he said.

SOM’s Jason Chen, Senior Digital Design Specialist, and Sebastian Claussnitzer, Architectural Designer, previewed the firm’s integrated data model approach for early-phase collaboration between architectural, structural engineering, and sustainable engineering teams. Using custom scripting, the firm can link and share numerous project data sources—from spreadsheets and early project models to spec sheets, drawings, and performance analysis—between multiple team members. 

“There’s data everywhere, but it doesn’t work well with everything,” said Chen. The key is to have the most up-to-date data on every facet of the project to feed an iterative design process. For example, SOM’s enclosure and core design teams can each work in their tool of choice and cooperatively develop a single information model for a project. By accessing the same model, the different disciplines can impart their knowledge to the model, simultaneously informing and enriching the design, according to Chen and Claussnitzer.

For more on the BIMForum Boston event, including videos and abstracts of the presentations, visit: http://bimforum.org/2014/04/28/boston-bimforum-presentations-2.

   

Top BIM Architecture Firms    

Rank Company 2013 BIM Revenue
1 Gensler $733,073,587
2 HOK 388,550,000
3 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill 317,799,079
4 HDR 287,850,000
5 Perkins+will 267,270,000
6 Stantec 211,893,190
7 CannonDesign 167,000,000
8 SmithGroupJJR 120,100,000
9 ZGF Architects 102,457,917
10 Corgan 85,587,635
11 Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates 83,905,764
12 Hammel, Green and Abrahamson 78,606,000
13 Flad Architects 77,200,000
14 EYP Architecture & Engineering 75,000,000
15 Page 65,000,000
16 Perkins Eastman 62,000,000
17 DLR Group 60,528,000
18 Clark Nexsen 59,816,750
19 SHW Group 56,587,000
20 Gresham, Smith and Partners 54,100,000
21 Fentress Architects 46,671,008
22 Ennead Architects 44,949,000
23 WHR Architects 41,166,427
24 Harley Ellis Devereaux 39,700,000
25 Shepley Bulfinch 38,936,700
26 Ballinger 38,780,911
27 BSA LifeStructures 36,345,640
28 Kirksey 33,697,650
29 Moseley Architects 32,000,000
30 EwingCole 31,300,000
31 MulvannyG2 Architecture 31,135,000
32 Moody Nolan 30,240,000
33 Ziegler Cooper 29,310,545
34 LS3P 28,010,579
35 CO Architects 27,700,000
36 Payette 27,516,095
37 Cuningham Group Architecture 27,399,469
38 Morris Architects 26,188,000
39 CTA Architects Engineers 25,202,418
40 Array Architects 24,500,000
41 WDG Architecture 24,409,600
42 Cooper Carry 24,224,325
43 Eppstein Uhen Architects 24,028,348
44 Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture 23,902,688
45 OZ Architecture 23,400,000
46 LPA 22,036,937
47 Hord Coplan Macht 21,614,769
48 FKP Architects 21,300,000
49 Francis Cauffman 21,036,087
50 FreemanWhite 20,967,716
51 FGM Architects 20,651,412
52 Heery International 20,553,000
53 Cambridge Seven Associates 20,118,000
54 Wilson Architects 20,000,000
55 Westlake Reed Leskosky 18,975,000
56 Integrus Architecture 18,156,275
57 Albert Kahn Associates 18,000,000
58 FXFOWLE Architects 17,904,148
59 Parkhill, Smith & Cooper 17,881,350
60 Hoefer Wysocki Architecture 17,200,000
61 NTD Architecture 17,004,000
62 Fanning/Howey Associates 16,700,000
63 Hnedak Bobo Group 16,540,000
64 LMN Architects 16,248,300
65 NORR 15,427,588
66 Lord Aeck Sargent 15,153,439
67 HNTB Corp. 14,745,958
68 Symmes Maini & McKee Associates 14,020,000
69 NAC|Architecture 13,691,745
70 Legat Architects 13,570,000
71 Quattrocchi Kwok Architects 13,500,000
72 Harvard Jolly Architecture 13,280,400
73 Ratio Architects 13,000,000
74 Wight & Company 12,955,000
75 Ware Malcomb 12,000,000
76 BLDD Architects 11,800,000
77 Beyer Blinder Belle 11,791,980
78 BRPH 11,500,201
79 GBBN Architects 11,321,400
80 Slaterpaull Architects 11,055,479
81 BLTa 10,200,000
82 RBB Architects 9,945,200
83 RS&H 9,800,000
84 H+L Architecture 9,700,000
85 Davis Brody Bond 9,367,914
86 Vocon 9,203,152
87 VOA Associates 9,072,145
88 Hastings+Chivetta Architects 9,046,573
89 DesignGroup 8,798,070
90 MBH Architects 8,500,000
91 Taylor Design 8,330,000
92 LaBella Associates 8,303,381
93 LBL Architects 8,000,000
94 SchenkelShultz Architecture 7,959,562
95 Becker Morgan Group 7,872,309
96 Anderson Mikos Architects 7,750,000
97 Margulies Perruzzi Architects 7,664,876
98 Ashley McGraw Architects 7,512,996
99 FitzGerald Associates Architects 6,022,176
100 Urban Design Group 5,750,000
101 Baskervill 5,699,634
102 Bergmann Associates 5,610,000
103 SEI Design Group 5,461,000
104 FRCH Design Worldwide 5,216,000
105 Goettsch Partners 5,030,000
106 PBK 4,760,000
107 WD Partners 4,671,000
108 BBS Architects 4,480,778
109 Good Fulton & Farrell 4,192,972
110 TK Architects 4,192,048
111 KZF Design 3,510,582
112 Schrader Group Architecture 3,385,464
113 Carrier Johnson + Culture 3,204,174
114 Rosser International 3,068,066
115 DLA Architects 2,824,930

 

 

Top BIM Engineering Firms 

Rank Company 2013 BIM Revenue
1 Jacobs $3,500,056,500
2 URS Corp. 260,646,956
3 Arup 200,593,789
4 Thornton Tomasetti 110,229,051
5 SSOE Group 108,776,674
6 Leidos 68,080,000
7 Vanderweil Engineers 64,267,000
8 KPFF Consulting Engineers 60,000,000
9 Burns & McDonnell 60,000,000
10 KJWW Engineering Consultants 53,874,750
11 CRB  50,000,000
12 BR+A Consulting Engineers 46,000,000
13 Henderson Engineers 40,445,464
14 Affiliated Engineers 39,413,000
15 Walter P Moore and Associates 38,940,592
16 Magnusson Klemencic Associates 38,546,234
17 TTG 37,516,550
18 TLC Engineering for Architecture 34,807,545
19 M-E Engineers 33,802,000
20 Dewberry 31,610,437
21 CCRD Partners 24,000,000
22 Heapy Engineering 22,827,630
23 H&A Architects & Engineers 22,500,000
24 Hixson Architecture, Engineering, Interiors 18,000,000
25 Smith Seckman Reid 18,000,000
26 Syska Hennessy Group 17,282,931
27 STV 15,635,000
28 Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor 14,500,000
29 DeSimone Consulting Engineers 13,828,500
30 Integrated Design Group 13,033,800
31 I. C. Thomasson Associates 12,500,000
32 Interface Engineering 12,087,161
33 Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon 11,000,000
34 RDK Engineers 10,600,000
35 Graef 10,000,000
36 Zak Companies 9,776,949
37 Environmental Systems Design 9,489,362
38 Glumac 9,247,037
39 Dunham Associates 8,000,000
40 Ross & Baruzzini 8,000,000
41 M/E Engineering 6,825,000
42 Newcomb & Boyd 6,750,070
43 Simpson Gumpertz & Heger 6,000,000
44 Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering 5,000,000
45 Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers 4,178,299
46 KLH Engineers 4,007,920
47 Walker Parking Consultants 4,000,000
48 Sparling 3,755,276
49 Highland Associates 3,500,000
50 Joseph R. Loring & Associates 3,500,000
51 H.F. Lenz 3,375,000
52 CJL Engineering 3,250,000
53 Apogee Consulting Group 2,848,268
54 Primera Engineers 2,300,000
55 KCI Technologies 1,795,000
56 RMF Engineering 1,750,000
57 Wick Fisher White 1,123,000
58 Wallace Engineering 1,100,000
59 GHT Limited 1,100,000
60 Aon Fire Protection Engineering Corp. 1,000,000
61 ThermalTech Engineering 1,000,000

 

 

Top BIM Construction Firms 

Rank Company 2013 BIM Revenue
1 Turner Construction $6,054,743,555
2 Skanska USA 3,273,528,571
3 Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., The 3,247,155,346
4 Gilbane 2,963,000,000
5 McCarthy Holdings 2,492,000,000
6 PCL Construction 2,491,483,943
7 Hensel Phelps 2,204,800,000
8 Clark Group 1,829,229,513
9 Lend Lease 1,753,678,000
10 Hoffman Construction 1,715,000,000
11 JE Dunn Construction 1,646,271,199
12 Holder Construction 1,545,000,000
13 DPR Construction 1,524,119,623
14 Mortenson Construction 1,475,739,000
15 Walsh Group, The 1,426,945,665
16 Balfour Beatty US 1,229,173,292
17 Brasfield & Gorrie 1,212,166,066
18 Walbridge 1,006,640,000
19 Structure Tone 945,622,800
20 Clayco 912,000,000
21 Hunt Construction Group 800,000,000
22 Austin Commercial 717,638,446
23 Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction 670,000,000
24 James G. Davis Construction 637,988,856
25 Suffolk Construction 608,076,165
26 Power Construction 600,000,000
27 C.W. Driver 553,391,000
28 Messer Construction 546,119,899
29 Beck Group, The 507,356,062
30 Yates Companies, The 501,700,000
31 HITT Contracting 495,000,000
32 Sundt Construction 466,859,585
33 Gray Construction 463,300,000
34 LPCiminelli 376,556,669
35 Pepper Construction 355,981,000
36 Hoar Construction 346,337,000
37 Linbeck Group 340,500,000
38 Weitz Company, The 318,980,698
39 Consigli Construction 312,401,459
40 Manhattan Construction 301,916,000
41 Flintco 300,200,000
42 Adolfson & Peterson Construction 297,116,533
43 Rodgers Builders 270,274,731
44 Shawmut Design and Construction 225,000,000
45 Hill & Wilkinson 202,421,000
46 O'Neil Industries/W.E. O'Neil 201,011,969
47 W. M. Jordan Company 200,777,657
48 Clune Construction 197,547,422
49 Haselden Construction 190,679,924
50 James McHugh Construction 178,861,429
51 Kraus-Anderson Construction 178,000,000
52 Robins & Morton 170,486,931
53 Absher Construction 154,118,699
54 Alberici Constructors 152,455,102
55 Fortis Construction 145,000,000
56 LeChase Construction Services 138,000,000
57 STV 135,207,000
58 Choate Construction 116,059,660
59 Paric Corp. 85,000,000
60 Wight & Company 82,964,000
61 Coakley & Williams Construction 73,478,546
62 Carlson Design Construct 71,400,000
63 Hill International 65,000,000
64 KBE Building Corp. 57,842,462
65 Leopardo Companies 49,138,262
66 New South Construction 46,333,000
67 Heery International 36,298,930
68 S. M. Wilson & Co. 35,138,418
69 Astorino 33,349,068
70 Harkins Builders 22,200,000
71 BlueScope Construction 17,849,218
72 Bomel Construction 14,418,772
73 Stalco Construction 5,600,000
74 Batson-Cook 4,587,582

 

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