Building envelope coordination: narrowing the collaboration gap via facade-related drawing overlays and analysis

In this video presentation, originally presented in April 2020 as an AIA continuing education course, we explore how BIM/Revit, project cloud storage, and using data already obtained by the general contractor can increase communication, coordination, project success, and safety.

Introducing improved facade collaboration into the preconstruction process

In the preconstruction sequence, review of shop drawings is standard practice. However, as it pertains to elements of the facade interface, these same drawings may not be reviewed for sequencing or coordination between the trades. How do we introduce improved collaboration into the process to avoid confusion and delay during construction? Is it possible to increase project efficiency, success, and safety using the documents general contractors already have?

Through increased access to project cloud storage, intertrade data can be utilized at a higher rate to perform additional independent collaborative document overlays of the interacting systems. Using the capabilities of BIM/Revit to spot discrepancies prior to material procurement, identifying opportunities to increase worker safety before construction begins, and creating a communication stream between varying trades as they relate to each other’s scope, we can increase project success for all stakeholders.

Learning objectives

After this presentation, you should be able to:

  1. Recognize the current gap and disconnect in communication between trades, intellectual data, and coordination
  2. Understand how we can bridge that gap within our own companies
  3. Describe how to crosscheck data between trades with interacting systems, and identify discrepancies or errors between data
  4. Address and solve issues earlier on in the project sequence, increasing project efficiency, success, and safety
  5. Describe how this process improves the indoor environment by helping to ensure the air, water, and thermal boundaries are properly executed from the onset of construction
For more information about this presentation or our services related to commercial glazing and fenestration and/or specifically building envelope coordination, email [email protected] and your message will receive a prompt response from a member of our management team.