We are an industry where machine and computer power enhance the work of the person, in many cases, making the very jobs we undertake possible. Modeling wouldn’t be feasible if not for the computing power of today’s equipment, from Robotic Total Stations (RTS) units to laptops and cranes.
Last Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal had an eye catching picture on page B7 of Heat Exchangers at the newly opened Hudson Yards in New York. The article focused a lot on the design elements that have made it capable of withstanding a number of catastrophes from criminal to acts of nature. We are focused on helping the design and build elements of projects like Hudson Yards, and the ability to utilize prefabrication to meet project deadlines and unique design elements like the yellow Heat Exchangers noted in the basement photo.
With over $25 Billion invested in the Hudson Yards development it is no wonder that they designed and built to withstand everything from floods to terrorism. Hudson Yards has its own power plant, rainwater collection system that can re-circulate over 8 million gallons a year, and a planned garbage processing plant that will reduce food waste by 20%. All of these innovate design and construction elements are located in the west side of Manhattan in an area that used to house abandoned rail yards.
I can’t wait to visit this site the next time I am in Manhattan for a business trip to see the scope and scale of this development. Putting this blog together I also ran across another WSJ article on people climbing all over the Vessel this past weekend. All of the pictures make it one of the most interesting new projects to come out of the ground in years. Did you or your firm do any work at Hudson Yards? How much prefabrication had to be done to get this project completed on time and on budget? Let us know if we can help you with any of your complicated or simple projects with our eVolve Mechanical or Electrical software that makes the move to prefabrication a lot easier. Come join the move to Revit and 3D with eVolve MEP!
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Making the investment in Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems can transform construction operations from the start of any project, leading to more efficient use of time and materials in all phases of the build, including long after the active construction project is completed. Through BIM, savings can be realized for the stakeholders in the project–from the building owner to subcontractors–and the operator of the structure benefits far into the future.
While economic situation brings focus on improving ways to increase efficiency in the workplace, these money-saving ideas should be in place during all times. They are best practices that not only save money, but they also save time and cut down on waste, which critical in these eco-aware times.