Virtual Building Logistics


VBL assists Shiel Sexton on Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Indiana Temple

Virtual Building Logistics was recently requested by Shiel Sexton to assist on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Indiana Temple project.

The project calls for a single-level building with an end spire encompassing approximately 22 to 23,000 square feet. VBL was brought onto the Indiana Temple Project to provide initial model review services and evaluate the usability of the Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Fire Protection and Plumbing design models for coordination purposes. In turn, VBL offered to enhance the Architectural and Structural models upon review in case it was discovered there was not enough detail to assist in the coordination process.

VBL staff was available on-site at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Indiana Temple, assisting the Shiel Sexton team in evaluating and enhancing their Building Information Modeling process. VBL offered the following suggestions:

–       Establish file naming conventions

–       Create a base folder structure on the Shiel Sexton QuickMix website

–       Create base drawings in CAD and Navisworks

–       Set up collision tests and training in Navisworks software during the coordination process.

Shiel Sexton also requested VBL be available for the initial Coordination Kickoff Meeting, where VBL could answer questions during a review of the Shiel Sexton Building Information Modeling Standards. VBL was also requested to continue involvement at the first coordination meeting. At this meeting, all building trades will review coordination model.

Construction is currently underway. The project is expected to be completed in 2015.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) enlists Virtual Building Logistics on Rock Island Lock and Dam Project

The Rock Island Lock and Dam ProjectRock Island

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) enlisted Virtual Building Logistics (VBL) to utilize Building Information Modeling (BIM) on the Rock Island Lock and Dam Project.  The intent for the project was to enhance and update USACE’s 3D Miter Gate models with additional attributes. The project also developed a simpler process for creating future 3D Miter Gate models. BIM was utilized to increase productivity and reduce waste.

USACE – Rock Island District received funding to finish a universal miter gate model. The Rock Island Lock and Dam Project had been shelved for nearly four years. USACE contacted Bentley Systems to identify a company with knowledge of Bentley software that could complete the modeling required. Bentley Systems subcontracted VBL to complete the modeling and develop plans directly from the BIM model. VBL also provided on-site support for USACE utilizing  Bentley Structural V8 XM software to complete and standardize a significant portion of the 3D Lock and Dam models. USACE’s existing 3D Miter Gate models were outdated. The initial task was to ascertain the condition of the existing 3D models. VBL examined these models to identify what could be used to create new 3D models.

After completing the evaluation, it was discovered that a large part of the 3D model would need to be redone. Additional information needed to be created to include information that was necessary for fabrication. It was also necessary to standardize the 3D model so that two additional sizes of miter gates could be created from the base 3D model.

Upon completion of the Rock Island Lock and Dam project, Virtual Building Logistics provided training to the Design Team. VBL reviewed the three sizes of miter gate models and instructed the team on how to extract data embedded in the model.

VBL received a Letter of Commendation from the USACE expressing their gratitude for the work performed on the Rock Island Lock and Dam project.

VBL assists Dimeo, UMass Amherst on New Commonwealth Honors College Residential Complex

Virtual Building Logistics was hired by Dimeo Construction to provide assistance on the  Commonwealth Honors College Residential Complex at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. VBL provided Data Management and Building Systems coordination support during the construction phase.  The Data Management portion of the project involved:

  • Ensuring that the Dimeo Building Information Modeling standards were adhered to
  • Troubleshooting any problems that appeared
  • Maintaining up to date collision models
  • File conversions for the trades team
  • Generating final coordination sign off drawings
  • Fulfilling other project related tasks on an as needed basis.

During Building Systems coordination, VBL offered support to the building systems trades people. VBL worked in conjunction with the Mechanical /Electrical / Plumbing project managers to coordinate the environmental systems before installation in each building of the complex. The coordination process is completed level by level per building. Collision checks were completed prior to the coordination meeting. The results were sent to the trades people for review in an effort to make the meetings more manageable. Trade collisions were reviewed during numerous GotoMeetings in an effort to complete the coordination process for each building. Upon completion of the coordination process, onsite Project Managers for each trade verified that each level was coordinated and ready for installation by signing off on the drawings.

The Commonwealth Honors College Residential Complex is comprised of residential and teaching buildings at the center of the UMass Amherst campus. The complex contains a total of 1,500 beds, nine classrooms, faculty residences and a variety of support spaces for the complex. The Commonwealth Honors College Residential Complex is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.