The Virtual Design and Construction Studio at Hill & Wilkinson is the central hub for the collaboration efforts that drive our projects. This studio was specifically designed to increase the interconnectivity between end users, designers, subcontractors, and our field operations on a digital level using the latest hard and software. Yet this room functions best when entire project teams are present and challenges are presented, resolved and documented in minutes instead of weeks.
We start all our projects with a 3D Logistics Plan that becomes the foundation of our scheduling, logistics, and pricing efforts. This model is initiated during the Preconstruction Phase by our field operations team to develop and then distribute to end users, designers, and subcontractors our plans for security, safety, access, staging, phasing, and hoisting issues. This model is updated throughout the construction duration to accurately reflect completed phases and revised logistics scenarios.
We mandate that all work from our design consultants and subcontractors on our Design Build projects are completed in 3D. This includes Civil, Architectural, Structural, MEP, and Process designers as well as our Elevated Concrete, Structural Steel, Precast, Curtainwall, Fire protection, Mechanical, and Electrical subcontractor partners. These models begin in the Programming Phase and assist with concept planning, estimating, and approval. As we transition into the Schematic Phase, spatial allocation and initial clash detection begin. Models are continually updated from construction drawings thru addenda to serve as working as builts.
Laser Scanning is being used on our renovation projects to accurately bring information on existing structures into our models. Converting these cloud-point scans into objects in our models is the only way to accurately document these elements and discover irregularities or non compliant pieces.