ConstructionPro Week, Volume: Construction Advisor Today - Issue: 13 - 07/23/2009

Turner Construction Hits Collaboration Home Run At Yankee Stadium with BIM Software

Though opening day at the Yankees’ new stadium met with disappointment from a stats perspective – a 10-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians—players and fans are thrilled with their new digs. And, they can thank Building Information Modeling (BIM) for some of that.

Turner Construction Company utilized Autodesk NavisWorksManage software as an element in the modeling process used to complete the new Yankee Stadium project. As part of its construction management process, known as Virtual Trade Coordination (VTC), Turner used the latest BIM processes, Autodesk Revit-based products, and NavisWorks Manage software to help streamline workflow and collaboration among subcontractors.


"Turner is experiencing tremendous growth in the use of BIM during both preconstruction and construction phases as a tool to help us dramatically improve the building process while reducing field initiated RFI's and changes," said Jim Barrett, manager of virtual construction technologies for Turner Construction. "The Yankee Stadium project typifies our commitment to BIM and the tangible and measurable benefits we—and more importantly, our clients—are experiencing in schedule, quality, cost and safety improvements on all our BIM projects across the United States."

Turner Construction applied its experience to foster a results-driven, multi-disciplinary collaboration on the Yankee Stadium project. The company has already managed more than 100 BIM-based projects at an estimated value of $20 billion.



BIM design software was used to create 3D models of every major building component — from architectural and structural elements to HVAC, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems. With NavisWorks Manage software as an essential component of the company's VTC process, digital data from multiple design and engineering software sources were combined in a single "virtual" model of the stadium that assisted the Turner team and all of the project's subcontractors in more quickly identifying systems spatial clashes and conflicts to be fixed before the construction phase. This early, coordinated, real-time, whole-project review and analysis helped minimize costly changes and unexpected scheduling delays in the field.


"We have a long-standing relationship with Turner Construction Company, and together we've seen the benefits of BIM and a collaborative project delivery process that includes the entire team, from owners to trade subcontractors," said Jim Lynch, vice president of AEC industry marketing at Autodesk. "We are pleased that Autodesk NavisWorks Manage was a component in the success of one of the most high-profile building projects of the year—the new Yankee Stadium."


NavisWorks Manage software enhances the review process by enabling design and construction management professionals to aggregate existing design data for visualization, simulate scheduling and identify interferences to improve productivity and project quality. Design data created in BIM applications, such as Autodesk Revit-based products, can be combined with geometry and information from other design tools and reviewed in real-time as an entire 3D project. The combination of NavisWorks Manage software's precise fault-finding analysis, interference management, dynamic project schedule simulation, and more photorealistic visualization enables advanced project analysis. In addition, entire project models, of various file sizes and formats, can be published and viewed in NWD and 3D DWF file formats for better team collaboration.



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