Skanska Revit-MEP Prefabrication | Ford Assembly Line Flash Back?

henry_ford_assembly_line_getty_imagesSimilar to Henry Ford’s revolutionary assembly line processes; BIM processes are reshaping the MEP  design and construction (manufacturing) processes for facility projects.

Ford’s automated automobile assembly-line process; reduced labor time & costs, while reducing material waste with modular, standardized parts.

Sheer production of the Model T dramatically increased. The production time for a single car dropped from over twelve hours to just 93 minutes due to the introduction of the assembly line.

design_build_mep_prefabrication_skanska_01Skanska Construction’s BIM MEP Prefabrication construction processes are highlighted online via Tradeline with an insightful, visual article;

Building Blocks: Offsite Prefabrication Saves Time and Money — Compressed Work Schedules, Worker Safety, and Access to Constrained Sites Top Benefits

Several maturing, project delivery processes are integrated to produce more efficient, ‘manufacturing-oriented’ design and construction processes.

  1. Building Information Modeling (BIM),
  2. Design-Build,
  3. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD),
  4. Cloud Computing & Mobile Technologies
  5. Lean Construction
  6. BIM: Design to Fabrication Workflow
  7. Prefab & Modularization,

BIM Means Business for Plumbing Heating-Cooling Contractors

design_build_mep_prefabrication_skanska_03 Based on recent McGraw-Hill’s SmartMarket Reports –today’s processes are reducing the  unrecoverable [Time + Labor + Material] costs. These costs are\were typically absorbed by a project’s design and construction businesses. Thereby, resulting in higher bids to owners on future projects –to cover the ‘unknown’ costs that ‘might’ incur.

The Ford assembly line significantly improved the car quality; while greatly reducing the retail price. A more affordable automobile serviced a much larger customer base.

The cost of the first Model T was set at $850… The assembly line cost of the Model T would eventually drop to $260 in 1924

BIM Means Business | Plumbing Engineer Magazine – ASPE Article

Construction Worker and Owner Benefits: Skanska prefab processes utilize Lean Construction processes; that are safer, more efficient and less costly.

  1. Horizontal mechanical, electrical and plumbing multi-trade prefabrication modules are fabricated and assembled in an offsite construction facility.
  2. The typical layout of an offsite construction facility provides optimal adjacency for tools, raw materials, and personnel.
  3. Work that would normally require ladders and lifts is brought to hip-height racks on a warehouse floor in an offsite construction facility.
  4. Building components and systems are prefabricated on racks within a spacious, environmentally controlled work space –then transported to the project site.

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GREENBUILD 2014 | Visit Bradley Corporation Booth #2662

View GREENBUILD EXPO 2014 Website | New Orleans LA

Visit Bradley Corporation’s GreenBuild 2014 Booth #2662 in New Orleans, LA from October 22-23 2014

Bradley Corporation Greenbuild 2014 Booth #2662 New Orleans

The Bradley Corporation Greenbuild 2014 booth –will be featuring several new and expanded green-sustainable plumbing and washroom accessories product lines.

EXPO HALL HOURS

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • 9:00 am – 5:30 pm – Expo Hall Open
  • 10:30 am – 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Expo Hall Only Hours**

Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • 9:00 am – 5:30 pm – Expo Hall Open
  • 10:30 am – 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Expo Hall Only Hours**

Here are just a few green-sustainable Bradley product examples:

Advocate AV Series| Compact Touchless Handwashing System \ ADA Compliant

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Keltech Tankless Water Heater | Commercial\Industrial Grade High Performance Systems

View the Keltech Tankless Water Heater Product Selection Guide View Bradley Thermostatic Mixing Valve Product Pages, Tech Data Sheets & 3-Part Construction Specifications.

Verge Lavatory Systems | Low-Water Usage \ ADA Compliant \ Quartz Recycled Material

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Lenox Plastic Locker Storage Systems | Featuring Recycled Plastic Design Options

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The Greenbuild Bradley Team has a limited amount of Free Bradley Revit Flash Drives.

Pick up your free 4GB Bradley BIM Flash Drive (while supplies last) at Greenbuild 2013Request a free Bradley Revit Flash Drive at the Greeenbuild conference or contact your local Bradley Field Representatives.

Our flash drive contains 1,000 Bradley Revit families, Bradley BIM newsletters, videos, Bradley Revit Material catalogs and more.

Here’s a compilation of past Greenbuild interview videos; from attendees that shared their Bradley Advocate product reviews in the Bradley booth.

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Willard Wigan’s Tiny World Models – Videos | TED Talks

willard_wigan_tiny_world_models_artist“The Adventures  of Willard Wigan” or “Willard Wigan’s Tiny World” sounds like the titles for a series of engaging children’s bedtime stories.

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Instead, it describes the microscopic models sculpted on the top of pinheads, in the eye of needles and on the tops of match heads  –by renown artist Willard Wigan.

His slideshow of figures, as seen through a microscope, can only be described as mind-boggling. He has been a featured speaker at TED Conference & TED Talks

Role of Small Scale Architectural Models Before BIM – Salt Lake City

Willard Wigan uses humor to share his story of how a difficult and lonely childhood drove him to discover his unique ability — to create art so tiny that it can’t be seen with the naked eye.

Credit to my wife — as Willard’s talents and accomplishments were highlighted during her 2-day Dyslexia Workshop; conducted for the instructional staff at her college.

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