Design Services – Commercial Division
From the conceptual phase to the move in phase, Zimmerman Plumbing uses the latest in Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology.
Every project, big or small, that Zimmerman Plumbing is part of uses CAD 2D or 3D in some way allowing us to coordinate the job efficiently with all other MEPF trades. This ensures that all field operations and installations go as smooth as possible.
By utilizing CAD and BIM, we are able to identify all of the conflict areas ahead of time that are possible “conflict” areas of the ceiling space utilized with other trades. By taking care of these “clashes” before our field personnel are onsite installing the material we are able to facilitate a faster install and meet tight schedules.
Being able to see how their MEPF systems will lay out and configure in their building ahead of time allows us to offer the most cost effective solutions as well as cost saving suggestions to the owner. Items like accessibility to equipment, accessibility to shut off valves, conflicts with ceiling heights and light fixtures can all be identified ahead of time for the owner and construction team. We are also able to give the owner a 3D as-built of their building that they can navigate through and view in 3D.
Zimmerman Plumbing utilizes some level of coordination on every project we are a part of, communicating with the design team and other trades to give the owner the best possible finished project for serviceability and maintenance in the years to come.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an essential tool that has changed the way we work. By streamlining workflow and increasing collaboration on the front end, BIM maximizes the value we deliver to each and every customer, no matter how unique their project.
An important part of our preconstruction planning, prefabrication, modularization strategies and design-build services, BIM combines 3D geometry, geographic information, building attributes, materials data, and spatial relationships to simulate a building’s real-world performance.
Using BIM to coordinate systems prior to installation reduces costly punch list items, change orders and rework. It also offers our customers the ability to review environmental impact before a project starts.