Our pre-construction experts at SME Steel are highly trained and experienced in pre-construction practices including feasibility studies, constructability reviews, alternate options, crane logistics, and the unique ability to determine the best possible approach for erection. The SME Steel approach promotes a Culture of Cooperation.
Design-Assist | Design-Build | BIM
From the very beginning as Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology was becoming commercially viable, SME Steel has incorporated the use of 3-D modeling and detailing on all projects. This welcoming of innovation is consistent with our corporate vision today and is shared by SME Steel’s internal detailing operations, SME-CAD, and our outside partnerships with independent detailing companies.
From the 3-D model, detailed information is produced that allows SME Steel to efficiently manage all phases of fabrication and erection: generation of advance bills of material (ABM), shop drawings, shop fabrication releases, shipping load lists, and erection sequencing—all are readily integrated into our production system software.
Prior to its widespread use, SME Steel promoted and utilized 3-D modeling as the primary tool to facilitate expedited and accurate completion of the structural design documents, early trade coordination, value engineering, and locating critical dimensions. This interoperability allows close cooperation and collaboration between designers and SME Steel during the design phase. This was essential to our success in the Las Vegas market where mega-projects were released for construction with barely more than Schematic Design (SD) documents. In practice, SME Steel’s 3-D structural steel model is uploaded for use by the General Contractor, Design Team, and interfacing Specialty Trades for coordination, clash detection, and resolution of virtually all RFIs.
Today, with the innovation of pre-construction methods such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Highly Collaborative Project Delivery (HCPD), Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), and the latest delivery model: Integrated Bridging Design-Build (IBDB), General Contractors and Design Teams are utilizing BIM in developing and managing models that can be shared among the participants for the overall benefit to the project.
From the beginning, SME Steel has been at the forefront of transition to this remarkable technology. Today, almost every project SME Steel participates in is produced in a collaborative partnership with the Owner, General Contractor, Design Team, and Specialty Contractors.
Being able to capture and clearly define scope is a skill set which places SME Steel at the forefront of its competition. SME Steel’s experienced estimators prepare estimates ranging from stochastic in early stages to deterministic in final stages using proven methods for evaluation.