Granger Construction’s [Granger] motto is ‘advance the art of building’ — with a strong emphasis on utilizing technology to differentiate their brand and how they build. In need of a deeper level of coordination to ensure a complex hospital project stayed on budget and schedule, Granger turned to Autodesk BIM Collaborate within Autodesk Construction Cloud™ to improve collaboration and communication, resolve issues faster, and streamline efforts across all project partners.
Deeper Collaboration Needed During Coordination on a Complex Hospital Project
The state of Michigan contracted Granger Construction to replace Caro Psychiatric Hospital’s aging facility with a $68 million, 127,000 square foot construction, bringing all services under one roof to better support the facility’s long-term psychiatric care needs.
Granger had initially been using Navisworks for project coordination, but when extra bracing and framing were introduced into the project, Granger decided to utilize the robust capabilities of Autodesk BIM Collaborate to improve multi-trade engagement and communication within the coordination process.
“Without Autodesk BIM Collaborate, we would have had challenges identifying where those additional supports would have been put in place. This would have sidetracked our whole coordination effort causing budget overruns and schedule delays.”
Using the Cloud to Streamline the Coordination Process Across Multidisciplinary Teams
The hospital’s campus was spread across four buildings and included prefabrication and structural steel elements. The pre-engineered components required significant coordination on the project, particularly with the metal trusses and bracing requiring close coordination with ductwork and piping.
Using Autodesk BIM Collaborate, Granger’s team was able to section the buildings, allowing the team to focus their efforts together, building by building.
“Because the solution is cloud-based, anyone with permission can easily clear their clashes without having expertise in Navisworks,” Leach explains. “It’s all instant and automated, which helps the team stay accountable without my interference and allows us to have a more meaningful discussion about what needs to be done.”
With a simple, intuitive interface, Autodesk BIM Collaborate makes coordination accessible for all team members rather than relegated to a specialist role, freeing up the BIM Manager to work on high-value issues. Regardless of their location, project partners using Autodesk BIM Collaborate can quickly collaborate and engage — from Architects and trades to VDC experts and Project Managers. Everyone involved can work within the same environment, sharing live data.
Greater Transparency Drives More Accountability to Keep Projects on Budget and Schedule
By utilizing Autodesk BIM Collaborate for the Caro Psychiatric Hospital project, all communication is maintained in one location and in real-time and features automatic clash detection — expediting the resolution of potential issues.
“When everyone has access to the same thing, there’s no confusion about what file we’re supposed to be using,” says Leach. “This is especially helpful in giving access to people who may not be able to make a meeting; even if they’re working in a completely different time zone, they can update the model, and I can see it.”
Autodesk BIM Collaborate allows Granger to get to a clash resolved model faster. Involving subcontractors earlier in the process saves time by enabling them to “self check” their work as they go — padding the coordination timeline and helping them to deliver quality models.
“Getting the plans in front of the subs earlier moves the process along faster,” says Leach. “When they push notifications from Autodesk Revit into Autodesk BIM Collaborate, I can immediately review, remove clashes, and change the status.”
With Autodesk BIM Collaborate, Granger can engage the entire project team in the coordination process, resulting in continuous collaboration and deeper accountability. This simplified approach saves time, increases quality, and reduces costs to deliver better projects to their customers.
“Cloud-based coordination keeps us on track with schedule and budget.”