Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Rancho Dominguez, California, Murray Company is one of the nation’s leading full-service mechanical, plumbing and civil contractors. Today, the company is employee-owned and has more than 1,000 dedicated professionals who safely deliver high quality projects throughout the Southwest.
Murray Company’s core services include engineering, pre-construction and fabrication, but the company is able to provide a full spectrum of services across a wide variety of industries.
From office buildings and resorts to hospitals and airport terminals, the company’s proven areas of expertise include: design-build and assist; biopharmaceutical; semiconductor; power and industrial; health care; general engineering and utilities; plumbing; mechanical; and HVAC.
Murray Company provides turnkey design and installation, and functions as the prime contractor when the mechanical systems comprise the bulk of the contract. Given the complexity and size of these projects, it should come as no surprise that finding ways to improve efficiency is important.
“We were introduced to iConstruct two years ago and instantly recognized the benefits of utilizing the software, just from the demo,” says David Francis, MEP Manager for Murray Company. “We purchased it primarily for its clash coordination tools, but we are also using it to strip out information as a part of data extractions from Navisworks. I know we are just scratching the surface on all the tools it offers.”
The company provides a full array of services and expertise for clients, but Francis says they suggest using iConstruct for any job that requires coordination.
“We are trying to make iConstruct a part of our own daily, natural workflow, but it definitely makes our life easier if the contractor managing the coordination uses it and we have gotten some of them to adopt it,” explains Francis.
He likes how the software allows for “flexibility and thinking outside the box,” but is also impressed with how it helps users work more effectively and efficiently, no matter the size of the project.
“In the past, clash groupings would have taken hours to complete, but iConstruct speeds-up the process dramatically,” shares Francis.
With more than 50 active projects in Design and Detailing, Francis indicates using whatever tools they have at their disposal is key to making sure they are working effectively and efficiently. This is why he believes iConstruct has proven to be a good addition.
The iConstruct Workflow Management tool for automation of tasks is the “next big tool” Francis wants to start using regularly, but he indicates utilizing iConstruct definitely provides them a platform from which their team can do things faster and much more efficiently.
“It’s hard to quantify the efficiency iConstruct offers, but if you look at it over the course of the entire year and factor all the time saved it becomes significant,” offers Francis, who says they are always looking for ways to save time – even if it is only 10 to 20 seconds at a time.“It’s like Navisworks on steroids and improves on a great Autodesk product.”
Time-savings is clearly important for Murray Company’s MEP Manager, like it is for most every design and/or project management professional. Saving time, though, also has a monetary upside, especially for those charged with keeping projects on-track, on-time and on-budget.
“Anything we can do to save time to accomplish normal tasks is important, but it’s also a cost savings for us. Every second counts and they add-up when working on these large, multifaceted projects,” Dave explains. “Lots of people buy software, but not many take the time to really learn how to maximize the benefits of what they have invested in. For the money though, you can’t beat iConstruct. I have seen it work, so any tool that saves us labor is beneficial and worth the investment.”
Disclaimer: Images taken from Murray Company website. Credits to the owner
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