Building Information Modeling

Building Information Modeling at Staff Electric:

Staff Electric leads the electrical industry in the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Staff Electric produces a model that accurately displays the intended electrical installation of a building. Once we have achieved that goal, we commit to producing a clash free model both internally and within other building systems involved in the BIM process. The 3D model communicates ideas and design intent graphically whilst identifying design issues at a much earlier state in the project. Practical resolutions are then put in place before those issues become potentially expensive change orders.

Staff Electric uses Autodesk Product Suite, Google Sketchup, Microsoft Visio, and Bluebeam Extreme to construct plans and input modeling information. After a close review of routing and placement of electrical components in AutoCAD, current drawings are posted for other contractors to review and export to Navisworks Manager 2016 to build a real working Building Information Model.

What kind of information is put in a building information model?

Underground Electrical Distribution:

– Primary power installed by Staff Electric
– Electrical duct banks from structure to structure
– Secondary power scattered throughout the site
– Incoming telephone and data services

All Electrical Power and Distribution Equipment:

– Generators and associated equipment
– Disconnects and Variable Frequency Drives
– Switchboards
– Transformers (pad mount or wall hung)
– Panelboards

Panelboard Feeders and Racks of Branch Conduit:

– Power and Lighting branch lights to structures before any other trade
– Electrical Conduit Risers from floor to floor
– Power, Lighting, and Systems conduits mounted on Unistrut racks in corridors

Lighting, Power and Systems:

– Lighting fixtures with a clearance zone indicated above for installation and maintenance
– Panels and electrical closets indicating code required dedicated space
– Cable trays with supports and clearance space above for easy access

Project BIM coordination models not only prevent installation problems in the field, but also cut back on wasted material and decrease the risk of installing raceways or equipment ahead of normal sequence, enabling tighter construction schedules.

With BIM, Staff Electric efficiently generates and exchanges information, creates digital representations of all stages of the building process, and simulates real-world performance– streamlining work flow, increasing productivity, and improving quality.