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Project summary One of the largest privately owned design, construction, and development firms in the United States, Chicago-based Clayco provides full-service, turnkey design-development solutions for a diverse range of complex projects, including sports arenas, industrial facilities, and corporate headquarters. Founded in 1984, Clayco generated revenues exceeding US$900 million in 2012 and has more than 1,000 employees. Clayco is known for integrating the latest technological advances, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), into its design-build processes to deliver innovative building solutions. BIM is an intelligent 3D model-based process that enables the entire project team to explore a building design fully as it is being developed, before construction begins. Autodesk ® Building Design Suite Ultimate, a 3D building design software portfolio, is used to create realistic 3D visualizations. According to Tomislav Zigo, director of virtual design and construction with Clayco, "Our philosophy is to integrate technology into our processes so that we can deliver the best product to the client at a competitive price and on an aggressive schedule. We adhere to a very high standard of information exchange, encouraging collaboration between the entire project team and the owners from the very beginning when a building is conceived, all the way through to handover." The challenge At the construction site, however, that real-time, model-based process lost momentum because field personnel were working with paper blueprints and other documentation. With paper-based processes, there was a risk of having outdated documents in the field, which could result in delays. According to Zigo, the company wanted to increase the speed, accuracy, and quantity of the data captured. "There wasn't much confidence that the drawings the field crew had in their hands represented the latest updates from the design and engineering team, or that they were sending the most accurate information back to the architects and engineers. We wanted to give our field crew up-to-date information." Upwardly mobile Clayco takes BIM collaboration into the field with Autodesk BIM 360 COMPANY Clayco LOCATION Chicago, Illinois, United States SOFTWARE Autodesk ® Building Design Suite Ultimate Autodesk ® BIM 360 ™ Glue ® Autodesk ® BIM 360 ™ Field Autodesk customer success story Clayco Image courtesy of Clayco Our business model is structured around handing out iPads with the Autodesk BIM 360 Field mobile app on every job. — Tomislav Zigo Director of Virtual Design and Construction Clayco

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