Yates Construction Wins Tampa Hard Rock Hotel Project with BIM Consultant Collaboration

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Yates Construction employs JBKnowledge’s leading BIM/VDC Services to get ahead of competing contractors and win the Tampa Hard Rock Hotel Project.

The owner was greatly impressed and was grateful in how much easier it was to understand the scopes and make the informed decisions they needed to make.

W.G. Yates Construction, one of the top construction services providers in the US, was in the bidding and presentation phase for the Tampa Hard Rock Hotel® project and needed to set themselves apart from their competitors. In order to show the owners the value they could add to the project, Yates decided to use BIM to help the client visualize the value engineering, schedule, and scope of the project. To produce the needed materials and models, they decided to outsource their BIM services to JBKnowledge, a Texas-based tech company that is quickly making a footprint in the BIM and construction tech industry.

Yates Construction has implemented Building Information Modeling (BIM) to enhance traditional 2D construction drawings with 3D computer models on a variety of projects. The company supports BIM projects internally for the majority of their work. However, due to the Tampa Hard Rock Hotel® project size and fast/fixed deadline of February 4, 2016, Benjamin Crosby, Director of BIM/VDC at Yates Construction saw the potential for contracting a portion of the BIM process to supplement his team’s efforts.

Cost, turnaround time and technical proficiency skills were important considerations when it came to Crosby choosing an outsourced BIM service provider for the project. “I had worked with JBKnowledge and their BIM/VDC Services Manager, Josh Bone, in the past and knew they both added significant technological expertise and value to construction projects,” stated Crosby.

Yates Construction worked with JBKnowledge to create a Level of Development (LOD) 200-300 deliverable to implement in the 4D schedule. JBKnowledge was then able to enhance the BIM files for visual comparison of value engineering alternatives for the Hard Rock Hotel® owners.

“Part of the reason we selected JBKnowledge’s BIM services, was their ability to provide turnaround times a degree faster than any others we have worked with. Their prompt turnaround on this particular project was a significant factor in our success in winning the Hard Rock Hotel® Project,” says Crosby.

In collaboration with JBKnowledge’s BIM technology services, the Yates project team was able to provide the Hard Rock Hotel® owners rich models that contained valuable information regarding the building's design, performance, logistics and constructability.

“The owner was greatly impressed and was grateful in how much easier it was to understand the scopes and make the informed decisions they needed to make,” remarked Crosby.

To learn more about JBKnowledge BIM services and how they are working with construction teams across the U.S., download the Yates Construction Case Study. Construction professionals can also learn more about BIM by attending JBKnowledge’s regional ConTech Roadshows. The next Roadshow will be held December 6, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. The event features educational sessions, hands-on technology demos and a showcase of the latest solutions for builders to stay current on the latest technology trends, strategies and best practices in their industry.

About JBKnowledge, Inc

JBKnowledge develops technology solutions for construction and insurance. JBKnowledge is the maker of the SmartBid commercial construction bid software, SmartCompliance certificate of insurance and compliance management software, SmartReality augmented and virtual reality mobile app for construction project visualization, and the SmartInsight construction network for searching, selecting and verifying contractors. JBKnowledge offers a range of professional services to help companies transform their technology solutions including: IT Staff Augmentation; Strategic Consulting; Enterprise Application and Software Development; Mobile and Wearable Applications; Research and Development Outsourcing; and BIM Services. JBKnowledge is based in Bryan/College Station, TX, and serves clients on a global basis. Learn more at jbknowledge.com.

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