Date

3-2017

Degree Name

BS in Construction Management

Department

Construction Management Department

Advisor(s)

Philip Barlow

Abstract

Every day the construction industry is looking for new ways to improve time efficiency and project profitability. Companies in the past have tried value engineering and schedule crashing to save time and money. As the industry continues to grow and innovate, new concepts are being applied. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is one of these ideas that has made a large impact in the construction industry. BIM is a digital 3D modeling system that allows the user to create a complete rendering of a construction project complete with mechanical, electrical, and plumbing integrated into the model. With this model a prospective contractor has the opportunity to prefabricate aspects of their project in a shop to later be installed on site more efficiently and with less labor necessary than if completely field fabricated. The fire sprinkler contractor JR Wagner Fire Protection has recently integrated prefabrication as a possible project delivery method for several of their recent projects. Possible benefits from their integration include reduction in project cost and shorter project schedule leading to greater company profitability and efficiency.

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