Southland’s building information modeling (BIM) strategy is fully integrated with our engineering, construction, and maintenance services. We utilize a streamlined process that leverages technology to share information and improve collaboration during the design, construction, and operation phase for your facility. To achieve these goals and maximize the benefits, Southland focuses on the following three key components of our successful BIM strategy:
People - Southland’s commitment to BIM is evident through the key resources, including an engineering leader, a constructability leader, and a BIM leader, that we assign to each project supporting our BIM goals. The engineering lead provides technical leadership, while the constructability leader infuses constructability knowledge into the design. Our BIM leader is responsible for managing the technology that supports the process. Ongoing BIM training is also provided for our employees in order to keep Southland in step with process and technology changes, as well as improve our use of BIM.
Process – By championing the use of a single model to achieve the requirements of both design and fabrication, Southland has established a single source for project information. To support this method, we have integrated our design-coordination and spooling resources as well as adjusted our internal workflow. The results are exceptional solutions, highly collaborative and well-informed team members, fully coordinated facilities, fabrication ready models, and a streamlined workflow that produces real and actionable intelligence for the entire team.
Technology – The strategic use of technology is a critical component of Southland’s BIM strategy. Our modeling, coordination, and fabrication software is based on several Autodesk product, and we have developed many tools and standards to improve interoperability with other modeling solutions, as well. Leveraging a proprietary database, we are able to manage a wide array of information associated with the model and our projects. Our technical solutions also incorporate the use of radio frequency identification and mobile devices to support our fabrication, construction, and facility service activities. Expanding our use of data sharing models and cloud computing has allowed us to leverage our talented workforce across the country.
As our clients’ needs change and technology evolves, so will Southland’s BIM capabilities. As leaders in the industry, we assist others in recognizing the value of BIM, expanding its adoption, and influence key players, including software developers, to create products that support the ideals of a BIM enabled world.