VOLUME Construction Advisor Today   ISSUE 16   AUGUST 13, 2009


 Autodesk Inc. has awarded its Autodesk BIM Experience Award to Minnesota-based Mortenson Construction for its use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) on more than 100 projects since 1998 at a total construction value exceeding $6 billion. Mortenson Construction is also being recognized for its use of Autodesk software for BIM, including Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and NavisWorks, on projects ranging from resort hotels to the Harley-Davidson Museum.


 Commercial energy audits can provide an owner, building contractor or management company a solid blueprint of how efficiently energy is used in the building, point out savings options, as well as outline future areas for improvement through energy retrofits. Common energy loss problems can be identified by using a basic walk-through audit. More in-depth audits, with follow-up retrofitting, can lead to even greater energy savings.


For the past year or two, the AEC industry has teetered on the tipping point of mainstream acceptance of Building Information Modeling. But even so, AEC professionals across the board are wondering what exactly it means for their businesses. “BIM is … reinventing how we do business,” saidDeke Smith, executive director of the buildingSMART alliance.Smith and colleague Michael Tardif, director of Integrated Project Delivery Systems for Grunley Construction Company, partnered with WPL Publishing to address BIM strategy in the first of four webinar presentations on BIM implementation





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