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BIM and Construction Management: Proven Tools, Methods, and Workflows 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0470402350
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Successfully Integrate BIM Throughout the Construction Life cycle

This practical book offers proven tools, methods, workflows, and invaluable insight on successfully integrating building information modeling into

every construction project. What's a good system for model management? How do you distribute tasks among a team? How can contractors thousands of miles away work with your BIM models at the home office? From estimating, clash detection, and sustainability to in-field RFIs, facility management, and more, this book takes you way past theory into real-world specifics on implementing BIM throughout the entire construction life cycle.

Construction manager and architect Brad Hardin has managed BIM-enabled construction projects around the world, and he taps into his experience to provide hands-on tutorials, broad coverage of multiple software packages, and pages crammed with practical tips, smart tactics, and field-tested techniques.

  • Set up the BIM project to succeed from the start by using the right contracts, the right processes, and the right technology
  • Leverage BIM preconstruction tools for site and constructability evaluation

  • Help the estimating group improve accuracy—and get team buy-in

  • Enhance communication within the team and with outside trades and vendors

  • Weave together civil, structural, MEP, LEED standards, and sustainability data into effective BIM workflows

  • Extract site and topographical information and create a plan model for site logistics and staging

  • Deliver 4D animations and stills for clients, team members, and construction personnel

  • Stay grounded in reality with team-responsibility checklists and implementation strategies

  • Learn proven methods for tracking and managing in-field RFIs, shop drawings, and submittals

  • Eliminate blueprints and multiple paper trails with a single-source facility management model

  • Incorporate software tools such as Google SketchUp®, Autodesk® Revit®, Innovaya, Timberline®, NavisWorks®, and Adobe® Pro into BIM projects

About the Author

Brad Hardin, LEED AP, AIA, is the Managing Director at 3D Construct Lab, a BIM consulting company. Previously, he was the building information director at McCownGordon Construction, one of the Midwest's largest contractors. He is an expert architect who has successfully led the completion of multimillion-dollar BIM projects around the globe. He cofounded PlanetReuse.com, has written for several industry trade magazines, maintains a blog on construction and BIM topics (bimcompletethought.blogspot.com), and teaches and speaks at such key industry conferences as American Institute of Architects, Associated General Contractors of America, U.S. Green Building Council, and Cascadia Green Building Council.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (May 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470402350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470402351
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brad Hardin is an author, teacher, construction executive and learner. With over 12 years of experience, Brad's background includes work as a LEED accredited architect, construction manager and technology integrator in a national and international capacity on projects ranging from the Seattle Seahawks Practice Facility in Washington state to a large scale, ($3+bn US) power station in Lephalale, South Africa.

Brad is a passionate advocate for technology, design and construction and has a focused vision of positively changing the AECO industry for the better to improve collaboration and communication. He lives in the Midwest with his family and frequently teaches at local universities, is an Advisory Board Member for the New School of Architecture and has received multiple awards, including a national AIA award in BIM and the Manuel Rosen Service Award for his volunteer instructional efforts.

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Good book, well written, informative. Most of the titles out there focus on BIM during the design phase, so it's great to explore uses of the technology during and after construction. a must read for anyone looking to leverage BIM.
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A very informative and thorough 5D resource. It helps to be relatively familiar with all of the software applications mentioned to get a true understanding of estimating and quantity takeoff concepts. Also an entire chapter devoted to sustainability, salvaging and recycling and how it fits into the whole picture of bim which is nice. A book that deals not only with design communication, but also more with scope clarification, trade coordination, facility management and the back-end benefits of bim.
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I work for a major general contractor in the United States, and I bought this book about a year ago for the Kindle. A few points on why it has been so invaluable to me:

1. BIM is, and will continue to be, one of the hottest topics in the construction industry. If you work in construction you've certainly know that BIM is becoming a bigger part of what we do every day. This book is a great jumping off point as well as a reference while you are on a job.
2. It is one of the few books on BIM that is written with from a construction perspective. There are an increasing number of books out there that talk about BIM, but so many of those are written from a design perspective, or from a more abstract perspective. This book speaks to issues specific to the construction industry from setting up a job trailer to running a coordination meeting.
3. Since it is available in Kindle format, I've been able to have this information at my fingertips on any number of devices I have either in the office or in the field. I've referred to this book on my smartphone, tablet and or course my Kindle.

If you work in construction, I would highly recommend this book to help get you up to speed on especially important topic.
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In the growing BIM industry, a source of information that can guide us thru the confusing maze of procedures and technology at current disposal is always well received. And if that source speaks to the reader in a clear and concise language more power to him, Excellent job!
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By Civicduty on September 26, 2011
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This book is exactly what the Architecture / Engineering / Construction (AEC) industry needed. This book is extremely helpful for those trying to implement BIM or thinking about implementing BIM in their company. This book is a must for any BIM Manager, Project Manager, Architect, and Owner. My only wish is that a new edition would be issued taking into account the absolute latest technologies and program releases because as we all know technology changes very quickly.
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This is an excellent and thorough description of BIM in the construction world. While it is written for construction, it is also a valuable read for Architects who care about process and are interested in enhanced BIM based project delivery (full circle BIM).
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