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Bexel Consulting integrates BIM in large hotel and resort project

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Bexel Consulting is a high-tech, construction and engineering consultancy company. They designed, built, and constructed the Sensatori and Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts.

 

This beachfront resort, placed on the east coast of Dominican Republic, features 460 suites designed to cater to a variety of travel experiences.

 

This project is an exemplar case of the innovative use of BIM. The project required to manage entire BIM coordination, project construction and 6D BIM processes by standardizing across all data formats. 

 

Bexel wanted to coordinate a BIM methodology between all stakeholders from design through to delivery.

 

This included the development of a multi-discipline 3D BIM model based on architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing designs.

 

The model was kept up-to-date throughout the project phases and used to conduct regular constructability analysis to detect and resolve conflicts.

 

Their manager software was used to prepare advanced construction visualizations based on the BIM model which improved contractors’ and other stakeholders’ insights into the construction process.

 

A variety of other software solutions enabled a fully openBIM- workflow to deliver visibility and accountability to the client.

 

The issued for construction (IFC) drawings files were shared with all stakeholders, allowing clients to easily be included in the process.

 

This helped enable and open collaboration with stakeholders as the process became more complex. Design reviews included comprehensive analysis to ensure there were no scheduling and execution issues.

 

Project requirements included feasibility, speed of execution, cost, local regulations, and more. 4D Simulations notably increased overall efficiency and workforce organisation on site, up to 70% in some areas.

 

All scheduling and cost data were produced in IFC4 file formats for data sharing. The benefit for the client was the ability to accurately track execution progress and total cost of executed works.

 

In addition, BIM supported the building’s on-site monitoring, data analysis and the processing of all construction progress data – while generating daily progress and cost tracking audits, executive reports and schedule impact predictions.

 

Quality assurance processes were used during construction to minimize mistakes and avoid problems during the construction phase.

 

The analysis showed that some of the elements were not built according to project documentation, resulting in updates to the project documentation and additional analysis.

 

This method ensured all potential conflicts were resolved before they could delay construction and result in excess costs.

 

The 6D as-built BIM model prepared the owner for the facility asset management phase of the lifecycle (6D BIM is the linking of attribute data to support facilities management and built asset operation).

 

This wealth of open, comprehensive as-built information is proving invaluable in the continued operations and maintenance of these Hotels and Resorts.

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