Discussion on the Value of BIM
Plan. Visualize. Perform.
Hunter Contracting completes a fast-track intersection improvement project with Autodesk BIM solutions.
The town of Gilbert is located within the Phoenix metropolitan area in Maricopa County, Arizona. Since 1980, Gilbert has grown at a breakneck pace, evolving from a sleepy agricultural town of fewer than 6,000 people to an affluent community supporting high-wage jobs in numerous industries, including renewable energy, high technology, and the life and health sciences. To help ensure that the safety and reliability of its roads kept pace with the increasing population and traffic, Gilbert engaged Hunter Contracting and CADsoft Consulting to complete a $4.5 million roadway improvement project at the intersection of Greenfield Road and Chandler Heights Road in 2006. “These roads are the only major access to that part of town for the residents who live there,” says Jeff Kramer, senior program manager for Gilbert. Furthermore, the town anticipates an imminent increase in area traffic—an increase that could easily overwhelm the intersection’s narrow one-lane roadways.
"The Timeliner functionality in Navisworks is what made this project click. When we presented to the water conservation district, we could stop, move forward, or move back at any time—even flip the model to show base elements—pausing whenever we needed to talk about key elements of the construction schedule. The Timeliner was the most important part of this project from a technical standpoint—and was essential to receiving eventual buy-in from the water conservation district."
Civil BIM Technical Consultant, CADsoft Consulting
City of Benson, Arizona
Small Town Sees Big Rewards
Arizona town builds infrastructure management solution using existing staff and expertise.
Tasked with building a GIS for the City of Benson (Benson), Arizona, city officials saved money and time by relying on existing engineering and trained AutoCAD staff to build and maintain the city’s infrastructure management solution. Now city engineers and public works staff work in concert with the city’s GIS manager to ensure that every city department can access accurate geospatial data built with engineering precision.
Using Autodesk geospatial software and the guidance and support of CADsoft Consulting, Benson is able to:
- Avoid traditional staffing and training expenses in building their geospatial and infrastructure management solution
- Take advantage of AutoCAD training and AutoCAD Map 3D’s spatial editing tools
- Collaborate easily with agencies using other GIS software
- Work with multiple geospatial data types in their native format and in a CAD environment
The Macerich Company
Macerich Improves Property Management with Autodesk MapGuide
Dynamic Plans Online With Autodesk MapGuide®,Macerich is enabling its employees to build colorcoded lease plans based on a variety of parameters, saving over 2,500 hours annually.
Accelerating Design Using Autodesk® DWF™ Composer in its design review and leasing processes, Macerich's leasing and property management representatives are able to mark up designs faster and communicate with CAD designers and prospective tenants more clearly.