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Chicago BIMForum - When Does Design End and Construction Begin?

July 19–21, 2011

Chicago, IL

Groundhog Day BIM

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 2:30 PM–3:15 PM CDT

Spatial coordination spans the transition of Design to Construction. We all know that design never really stops until construction is completed. The expectation that design is completed at some point in time and then spatial coordination begins and ends with construction beginning only works in someone else’s presentation. There is natural overlap between all three processes and managing the interfaces and data is the key to making the right decisions (decision support). Contracts typically define these as sequential activities but in fact they overlap and interplay throughout the project delivery. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing … it certainly can be and conversely it can be good for the project. A late design change to add new life saving technology into a hospital project seems like the right thing to do. Design incompleteness discovered during the spatial coordination process can be frustrating but it certainly is cheaper than discovering/fixing in the field.

In this presentation, we will walk through several examples on the LAX Bradley West Gates expansion project showing the impact of design, coordination and construction happening at the same time. There are several possible outcomes from decisions made in this scenario. It often feels like we’re repeatedly reliving Groundhog Day with results that are far from efficient, but greater lessons are often learnt from our mistakes than our perceived successes. 



Mr Dan Klancnik, The Walsh Group

Dan Klancnik is responsible for implementing and directing The Walsh Group’s firm-wide strategy for building information modeling and virtual construction.  Mr. Klancnik has over 10 years of building industry experience, the past four years with The Walsh Group.  He is a regular industry speaker on BIM for groups such as Autodesk, Bentley, the AGC, and McGraw Hill.  His extensive experience covers multiple project types.


Frank Peters, The Walsh Group

Frank Peters has a diverse background with over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing and the construction industry. He holds the position of BIM Manager, leading the BIM/VDC activities at the $1.5B LAX Terminal expansion project. Before coming to the AEC sector, he has held positions in Product Development at Sun Microsystem as a senior staff member in the Product Development group’s 6-Sigma Team. He has managed multiple projects implementing advanced Kanban and supply chain management processes in the manufacturing and the ERP disciplines.