Case Studies

Vienna Central Railway Station

Creating the first glimpse of vienna with Tekla.

Thirty-five experts from Unger Steel Group utilized Tekla’s BIM software in a very advanced way to plan, produce and assemble the diamond trusses of the partially transparent, architecturally stunning roof of the new Vienna Central Railway Station. Now when the first trains have arrived to the station and passengers see the first glimpse of the city through the roof, Unger sees both Tekla and the robotic survey device Trimble Total Station necessary for the creation of complex, hard to assemble structure.

U.S. Engineering

Fab to Field Robotic Workflow Facilitates Speedy Hospital Construction.

Soon after the former St. John’s Mercy Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. was destroyed on May 22, 2011 by an EF-5 tornado, Mercy, the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S., looked to fast-track the construction of a new hospital to serve the community.

Turner Construction and the WTC, Part 1

Turner uses SketchUp Pro at several points in its workflow: planning and coordinating of demolition and construction, creating presentations and providing safety training. They’ve even developed SketchUp plugins to accelerate certain internal processes.

We sat down with Jim Barrett, Director of Integrated Building Solutions, to discuss how Turner is using new technologies and processes to solve everyday problems. In this first installment, Jim tells us about SketchUp Pro’s role in Turner’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub Project.

The Trimble Rockies Campus

A Powerful Demonstration of Technology’s Potential to Drive Productivity.

What happens when a technology innovator known for its range of productivity solutions for building construction contractors joins forces with progressive building professionals to construct the first phase of its own corporate campus?

Tekla Cements its Role as a Vital Engineering Tool

Tekla’s BIM software cements its role as vital engineering tool.

Armed with Tekla’s Building Information Modeling software, the engineering company Polysius Vietnam Ltd. now designs cement plants for the world instead of just Vietnam.

Simon Property Group

The largest Publicly-Traded Real Estate Firm in the U.S. Uses Proliance Software to Standardize Workflow, Centralize Data and Cut Construction Costs.

Simon Property Group, Inc. (www.simon.com) is an S&P 500 company and the largest public U.S. real estate company. Simon is a fully integrated real estate company which operates from five retail real estate platforms: regional malls, Premium Outlet Centers® , The Mills® , community/lifestyle centers and international properties. It currently owns or has an interest in 379 properties comprising 258 million square feet of gross leasable area in North America, Europe and Asia.

Puget Sound Energy

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is a regional utility in the Pacific Northwest serving more than one-million electric-power customers and 750,000 natural-gas customers. The company owns fossil-fuel, hydroelectric, and wind-power plants with more than 2,400 megawatts (MW) of capacity. It has a service area of over 6,000 square miles, incorporating both metropolitan and rural areas ranging from rolling farmland and parkland to the rugged Cascade foothills. It recently changed from public to private ownership.

MTECH, Inc.

Inside MTech’s BIM-Based Workflow on the Trimble Westminster Headquarters Project.

The Trimble Westminster Headquarters project in Westminster, Colo., has become a test bed for the implementation of innovative tools and more efficient processes, particularly for specialty contractors such as MTech, a top Colorado-based mechanical contractor. 

MTECH, Inc.

Inside MTech’s BIM-Based Workflow on the Trimble Westminster Headquarters Project.

The Trimble Westminster Headquarters project in Westminster, Colo., has become a test bed for the implementation of innovative tools and more efficient processes, particularly for specialty contractors such as MTech, a top Colorado-based mechanical contractor.

Model-to-Field Connection Helps Contractor Cut Installation Time in Half

For almost 100 years, Cache Valley Electric (CVE) has provided high-quality electrical services for a wide range of industrial, enterprise, transportation, government and special projects in Utah and throughout the West. The family-owned company has adopted and adapted a number of technological advancements over the past century that have helped drive efficiency, improve quality and safety, and expand services. 

Yet, with all that history, the company’s latest technology implementation at one of its most visible projects is likely one for the record-books. 

Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department

South Florida Public Utility Uses Proliance Software to Improve Capital Improvement Project Execution and Elevate its Community Image.

 The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) is one of the largest public utilities in the United States, employing nearly 2,700 people and providing direct water service to more than 416,000 customers throughout Florida’s Miami-Dade County. For consumer use, WASD draws and treats nearly 350M gallons of water every day from the Biscayne Aquifer, consistently exceeding both state and federal drinking water standards. In November 2007, WASD received a historic 20-year Water-Use Permit from the South Florida Water Management District that would allow the utility to meet current and future water needs while protecting the area’s natural resources. Plans associated with the permit include major capital improvements in areas such as wastewater treatment, reclamation and reuse. 

Klorman Construction

By Standardizing on Prolog®  Software Integrated with BIM, Klorman Construction has Increased Efficiencies to Save over 8,000 Man Hours a Year on Every Project.

Klorman Construction is a California-based design-build general contractor and structural concrete contracting company with more than 200 employees, annual revenues of approximately US$150M and offices in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Founded in 1980, Klorman delivers a wide range of construction services, including design-build, construction management, structural concrete, consulting, Virtual Design and Construction (VDC)/Building Information Modeling (BIM) services, value engineering, renovation and project management. The company has earned a reputation as a high-quality builder of complex parking structures, multi-level towers and high-end architectural concrete projects. 

JE Dunn

Commercial contractor JE Dunn turns to SketchUp to drive quality, reduce risk, and lower costs.

With nearly $3 billion in annual revenue, JE Dunn is one of the largest commercial contractors in the U.S. Founded in 1924 in Kansas City, MO, today the company has 19 offices and more than 4,000 employees across the country. JE Dunn’s project experience spans a range of building types including healthcare, commercial office, government, higher education, hospitality, and more.

Forest City Ratner Companies

Forest City Ratner Companies Uses Proliance To Achieve Business Intelligence Throughout The Plan-Build-Operate Lifecycle Of Its Real Estate Portfolio.

Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) is the Brooklyn, NY-based strategic business unit of Forest City Enterprises, Inc. (FCE), one of the nation’s largest publicly traded commercial real estate development companies (NYSE: FCEA and FCEB) with $8B in assets covering residential, commercial and retail properties in 25 states.

Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN

Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN designs, constructs, develops and manages healthcare facilities across the United States. With more than 5,000 completed projects throughout the country, CSE brings innovative facility solutions to communities nationwide, regardless of size or location. Their team of 450 multi-disciplined professionals serves seven full-service regional offices and more than 25 property-management offices nationwide. 

CBRE Group, Inc.

CBRE Uses Proliance Software from Meridian Systems to Create a Standardized Global Project Management System that Helps Improve Service Delivery on Over 5,000 Projects Each Year.

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm. The company has approximately 31,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 300 offices worldwide.

Baptist Health South Florida

Largest Non-Profit Health Care Organization in South Florida Expects to Save Nearly $4 million a Year in Construction Management Costs by Using Proliance Software.

Baptist Health South Florida (BHSF) is the largest non-profit health care organization in the Miami-Dade region. Its seven major hospitals are complemented by the Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute as well as a variety of health care services, such as outpatient diagnostic and treatment facilities and home health care.

Allied Works

Allied Works is an interdisciplinary architecture and design practice that operates from offices in New York City and Portland, Oregon. Founded by Brad Cloepfil in 1994, the practice has been defined by a deep concern for the landscape, human experience, and craft, as well as the preservation and enhancement of the public realm.The firm drew widespread acclaim for its groundbreaking design for Wieden+Kennedy's world headquarters in Portland's Pearl District in 2000. The firm continues to draw in big-name clients, having most recently completed a new feature animation facility for one of the country's leading moviemakers and the much-anticipated Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado. We spoke at length with Brent Linden, the Director of Allied Works’ NYC office, about the firm’s work, its creative process, and its use of SketchUp Pro.

AECOM

AECOM Uses Proliance Software to Establish Program Management Best Practices and Deliver Unsurpassed Financial Reporting to Clients Around the Globe.

AECOM (NYSE: ACM) is a global provider of professional technical and management support services for a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities,  environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 45,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. AECOM  provides a blend of global experience, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural and  social environments. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in more than 140 countries and has revenue in excess of $8.0 billion.