Having been in business for more than a century, Clark Construction Group has an impressive list of clients and is no stranger to large, complex projects. In fact, the company today is one of the most experienced and respected building and civil construction firms in the United States. With offices in Maryland, Illinois, Florida, California and Texas, their portfolio is comprised of thousands of successful projects nationwide, many of which have won awards for quality, craftsmanship, safety or sustainability.
Tackling everything from office buildings, hospitals and roadways to schools, sports complexes and convention centers, some noted examples of Clark Construction’s work includes: the Long Beach Civic Center (Long Beach, CA); the International Spy Museum (Washington, D.C.); the Chase Center (San Francisco, CA); and the Inova Dwight and Martha Schar Cancer Institute (Falls Church, VA).
Behind all these successes are 4,200 employees spread across multiple Clark Construction offices and jobsites located throughout the country. Ava Norton, a virtual design and construction manager, is one such employee, though she has played an important role in introducing iConstruct to the company and demonstrating its benefits to her colleagues.
“My role is to help our employees use 3D tools and utilize BIM software for construction planning and sequencing,” says Norton, who was first introduced to iConstruct about two years ago. “Where we first used iConstruct was in the planning process while we developed models for facilities management services. It helped us map data to specific user tabs.”
Today, Norton explains iConstruct is used in a variety of ways, especially as it relates to creating coordination reports that are then distributed to larger project teams. She says the PDF reports it can create are easy-to-use and allow for the efficient sharing of information.
“We use iConstruct to re-construct large models and break them down into smaller files, which then allows users to look at information in smaller zones in the field uses on mobile devices,” says Norton.
The Miami Convention Center is an example of a project where Norton says their use of iConstruct as a part of the planning and construction process proved to be beneficial. She said the model files for this project were very large, so being able to breakdown the geometry into smaller files for mobile viewing was critical for viewing the coordinated files in the field.
“I’m always looking for new ways to address and sort large volumes of information,” offers Norton, who says her prior work as an architect adds a unique perspective to Building Information Modeling, and how design teams structure information prior to providing it to the contractor.
Though only a handful of employees are currently utilizing iConstruct companywide, Norton believes the software will likely be standardized into their coordination and mobile viewing procedures in the future. Simply put, the features and benefits of iConstruct are too good to ignore.
Norton says iConstruct offers them a way to help make model viewing for the novice user easier. Likewise, she cites the value of the viewpoint reports feature as being a “big timesaver” that takes away the need to do snapshots and add text.
“We’ve only scratched the surface of what iConstruct can do. We brought it in to solve a specific issue, but the more we use it, the more we find other uses and applications that bring value to our project workflow,” explains Norton, who believes the time saved putting together reports and data mapping are two of the software’s biggest benefits. “So we’re definitely excited to see what other tools we can apply with iConstruct at Clark.”
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