Hensel Phelps evaluated a number of model-based QC tools and decided that BIM Assure met the needs of their internal processes to provide high quality data to SFO. Carl was impressed with the quality of data produced by the product, and in 2016, Hensel Phelps began using BIM Assure. “Using BIM Assure has helped us be flexible in developing the data that SFO is looking for,” says Carl. “At each milestone, we deliver the models to SFO, who has their own QC process for evaluation.”
At the start of the project, Carl and Monty worked with SFO to evaluate the 80 items initially requested for BIM data handover. Together with the owner team, the group was able to narrow down the list of required assets to 63 items to eliminate extraneous elements and ensure that the FMs were getting only the most relevant, and pertinent data for their ongoing management at the project’s end. “We want to educate the client on what content to include, and why to include it, in each deliverable,” Carl explains.
The team used the Terminal 1 Center renovation as a test project for entering and validating FM data in the model. As SFO was still developing their FM expectations, the first deliverable contained a requirement to provide 19 attributes for all 63 assets. By the second deliverable, SFO had actually revised their requirement down to 14 attributes where some of those 14 were new and others were repeated from the previous requirement of 19. With BIM Assure, the project team was able to generate rules, evaluate the content, and quickly adapt to the changing requirements. So far, Hensel Phelps has completed four of the nine total milestones.
So, how does the team prepare for each milestone? About a month before a milestone deadline, Monty and Carl meet with the design, subcontractor, and trade teams responsible for the data. Together, the team breaks down the attribute data needed for the milestone. Two weeks prior to the deadline, Carl and Monty would:
- Check the models
- QC the data with BIM Assure
- Review the Revit models with the schedules
- Make mark-ups as needed and run through BIM Assure
- Note information from rules check
- Combine the models and return to design team member for updates
- Final QC before model handover with BIM Assure
Does this sound like a huge undertaking during the project? “I don’t ever want to do the FM data at the end of a project, the work we’ve done so far has been a huge time saver and the owners are very happy,” says Monty.