One World Trade Center marked the first official use of business information modeling (BIM) technology by WSP USA. BIM is also being used on 2 World Trade Center and 3 World Trade Center.
In its 2017 Giants 300 Report, BD+C ranked 150 firms based on their 2016 BIM revenue figures. WSP reported $479 million in BIM revenue. WSP was ranked fourth in 2015 and third in 2016.
“This is a great recognition of the design work flows we have in place and a true reflection of the skill level of our engineers,” said Andy Schrader, CAD/BIM manager for building services at WSP USA. “Using BIM allows for better understanding of the architect’s design intent and brings the collaborative design approach closer between other consultants.”
“What we are doing with BIM is building the building before we construct the building,” added Charles Guerrero, director of CAD/BIM services at WSP USA. “BIM is a 3D digital representation of a building and its intrinsic characteristics. It is made of intelligent building components, which include data attributes and parametric rules for each object.”
“BIM affords us the ability to utilize the intelligent components as design tools that enhance the quality of our design as well as provide a virtual coordinated 3D model,” added John Bredehorst, WSP executive vice president and managing director of the firm’s New York City building systems group.
Guerrero was pleased with the firm’s ranking by BD+C, and called it “earned and deserved.” Clients are recognizing that the use of BIM in the design process helps determine what is possible, and the most efficient approaches to make creative ideas a structural reality.
BIM allows for constant information exchange among architects, engineers, specialists, developers and contractors, helping teams make well-informed decisions faster and achieve more effective and efficient design.
“The advantages of using BIM for a project are numerous,” Guerrero said. “Some of the benefits include a reduction in the need for costly rework, errors and omissions. BIM also facilitates coordination and collaboration, resolves conflicts and improves productivity.”
BIM is becoming the standard for projects “because it offers the ability to communicate more clearly the design intent and coordinate work between trades easier,” Schrader said. “This process keeps us pushing to make design decisions earlier, which ultimately makes the projects more successful for everyone.”