Building Information Modeling

Schuff Steel employs the use of BIM tools on each project, embedding every object in the 3D model with vital data that allows us to manage our jobs with maximum efficiency, both upstream and downstream. The traditional 2-step process of design and build as separate functions is outdated. At Schuff Steel we’re strong advocates of the “build 4 times” model of build three times with BIM and once on the ground. It allows for real time clash detection making the construction phase more efficient by eliminating as many uncertainties as possible before starting erection.

BIM technology allows insights to the constructability of the project with animations and fly-throughs that, up until the millennium, were not available.,

“BIM is more than just clash detection and coordination between trades. We utilize BIM to clearly see all facets of the complete project life-cycle including design, project management, material procurement, steel fabrication through to steel erection. With our BIM process, we’re able to reduce the number of design changes and RFI’s while operating within a committed and optimized delivery schedule saving both time and money. Understanding the bigger picture of BIM is what makes Schuff Steel a leader in the BIM movement.”
– Mark Stoller, VP of Operations – West

The benefits of BIM are real and measurable*

Reduced conflicts and changes during construction 65%
Improved overall project quality 50%
Lower risk and better predictability of outcomes 43%
% Prefabrication of larger, more complex parts 46%
Better performing completed infrastructure 34%
Improved review and approval cycles 32%

*Geospatial World

Schuff Steel prides itself in the early adoption of technologies dating back to 2003, when we implemented BIM. Today Schuff Steel continues to be pioneers in shaping the BIM process. Leveraging our experience and selectively curating the very best team in the industry, Schuff Steel’s clients benefit from our far-reaching capabilities.

Joining forces with Schuff Steel you will enjoy:

  • a highly efficient process without loss of cost or quality
  • a high level of customization and flexibility
  • an optimized schedule with less errors and rework required

Learn more about BIM technology by downloading our case study about the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, California. With complexities in design and strict deadlines, BIM technology was utilized to detect and resolve issues early. This prevented lengthy delays in scheduling and optimized project delivery.