Appendix B-13: Model Use: Coordinate Design Model(s)

Coordinate Design Model(s)

Using 3D coordination software to compile a federated model of design models for performing automated 3D collision detection to identify potential coordination issues along with performing a visual analysis to identify potential spatial design issues.  The federated model may include permanent design elements, temporary construction elements, and potential operational elements including clearances or other furnishings.

Potential Value:

  • Reduces or eliminates field conflicts
    • Reduces project cost
    • Reduces project schedule
    • Increases project quality
    • Increases workforce productivity
    • Reduces construction waste
    • Reduces field generated requests for information
  • Increases spatial reliability
    • Enables  increased levels of prefabrication and modularization
    • Enables installation of hangers for MEP or structural elements prior to concrete placement
  • Improves the quality of as-built information

Resources Required:

  • Design models
  • 3D coordination software for federating and spatially analyzing models

Team Competencies Required:

  • Ability to manage 3D coordination activities
  • Ability to manipulate, navigate, and review a 3D model

Select References:

  • Staub-French S and Khanzode A (2007) “3D and 4D Modeling for design and construction coordination: issues and lessons learned” ITcon Vol. 12, pg. 381-407,
  • Khanzode A, Fischer M, Reed D (2008) “Benefits and lessons learned of implementing building virtual design and construction (VDC) technologies for coordination of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems on a large healthcare project”, ITcon Vol. 13, Special Issue Case studies of BIM Use , 324-342,


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