Delivering Projects On Time and On Budget Blog Feature

By: Dave Wilde on March 04, 2011

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Delivering Projects On Time and On Budget

Church Design | Church Construction

If you are planning a building project, you know that there are several different project delivery methods to choose from.  But what you should care the most about is that your project comes in on time, on budget, and is designed to meet your needs. 

At Aspen Group, we use a collaborative process called Integrated Product Delivery (IPD). This process ensures that your project aligns with your budget and creates a building that aligns with your mission.

To enable this process to run smoothly, our team uses cutting-edge Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. This allows our team to:

  1. Gather exact data and material quantities on your project in lieu of relying on sub contractor take-offs.
  2. Figure out design conflicts before construction.
  3. Show both you and our teams what it will actually look like in 3D.
  4. Have accurate costs sooner, limiting redesign later.
  5. Have a virtual model that gives data on energy consumption and operating costs.

BIM software systems have the ability to assemble construction parts, materials, systems, and products in a virtual setting with similar characteristics as real construction. These models can then be studied and analyzed to produce a data set that is powerful enough to report back material take-offs, product quantities, costs, energy usage, and even three dimensional space conflicts. The State of Wisconsin is developing code analysis software so a designer may run an “instant code check” on their design against many of the key code issues such as accessibility, egress, fire protection and fire separation ratings and get instant results that will allow the designer to modify the design to be code compliant prior to a permit submittal. Now that’s progress!

I’m very proud of our design team here at Aspen Group.  We made the leap fully into BIM about two years ago and have never looked back. It has been an arduous task of changing almost everything we do in the design process due to BIM, but Aspen and our church customers are beginning to reap the benefits this system offers.

If you are interested in learning more about IPD, consider joining us at the Alignment4 Cornerstone Conference coming up in Indianapolis on April 14, 2011. Expert Rex Miller will be speaking on this subject, sharing lessons from the construction world that can improve ministry, significantly lower construction costs and provide buildings that fully meet the vision and mission of the congregation.