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BIM Helps in Denver Airport Redevelopment

Posted: March 12, 2014

According to Point of Beginning online, the use of BIM helped design & construct a large-scale addition to the Denver Airport that met LEED Silver certification standards.

The author states, “The project, which started in 2009, is big. Plans include a 500-room hotel and a 23-mile rail line that connected to downtown Denver…HNTB used BIM for many purposes, from spatial coordination and design review to cost analysis and construction scheduling. Not only did BIM allow HNTB to centralize the redevelopment program with multiple partners, it also gave the airport a framework to use BIM throughout the facility for future projects.”

The process began with getting LiDAR building scans, put together an extensive BIM plan, and made a concerted effort to include all components necessary in the project upfront. One of the many challenges was due to the many different firms involved and their lack of knowledge with current technologies thus requiring additional training. Other challenges included the aggressive speed, the sheer scale of the project and making sure that the data linked back to the airport’s system for ongoing operation and maintenance.

Even with all of the frustrations that came along with using BIM, ultimately, everyone felt like it offered many benefits and learnings such as the importance of organization, efficiency, and communication.

To view the full article, visit Denver Airport Project Takes Flight Thanks to BIM

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