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Building Information Modeling (BIM)
As our industry moves toward improving project quality, ICT has incorporated Building Information Modeling (BIM) as a powerful tool to provide greater design team coordination. BIM technology allows project data to be entered into a virtual, computerized, 3D building model which can be better understood by all involved, including the Owner. 

BIM innovation allows the Owners to visually walk through the conceptual design during early stages of the design process. As the structural consultant adds input to the model, ICT can integrate mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems design into the same model. One of the many benefits of BIM is the virtual coordination of conflicts between disciplines. Since BIM can identify any two objects which occupy the same point in space, field conflicts and surprises that have been common to the construction process can dramatically be reduced during design. BIM modeling also allows the contractor the ability to utilize smart model features not only for clash detection but also for material and labor estimates. BIM modeling allows the design team the ability to perform several “Energy Cost Saving Measures” (ECSM’s) during the early stages of the design process which will allow for increased energy efficiency and greater sustainability. 

ICT is on the forefront of utilizing BIM technology and has completed several projects using Revit, the Autodesk BIM program. One of these projects is an 883,000 SF complex which includes 6 buildings. Tremendous coordination lessons have been learned regarding initial project setup and file sharing with clients as well as the actual 3D design in a virtual model. This BIM experience has enhanced our effectiveness to add value to future projects. We also employ the Bentley Building Systems program, allowing clients optimal interface with the preferred BIM platform.