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A tall order

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Autodesk Customer Success Story COMPANY SC (SHoP Construction) LOCATION Manhattan, New York, United States SOFTWARE Autodesk ® BIM 360™ Glue Autodesk ® Revit ® Architecture Autodesk ® Revit ® MEP Autodesk ® Revit ® Structure A tall order Autodesk BIM 360 Glue enhances project visualization and collaboration on world's tallest modular building. Images courtesy of SHoP Architects. Project summary SC (SHoP Construction) is a sister company of SHoP Architects, a Manhattan-based firm widely known for innovative designs that blend business and art. Founded in 2007 by SHoP, SC was established to provide a range of services, including virtual design and construction (VDC) services to owners, architects, and contractors. Over the years, Building Information Modeling (BIM) has played a central role in the construction management process at SC, enabling them to create and explore virtual designs before building. Recently, the firm has been able to accelerate and streamline its processes even further by hosting live model data in the cloud with Autodesk ® BIM 360™ Glue, one of the Autodesk ® BIM 360 ® cloud-based services. The 32-story B2 BKLYN residential tower adjacent to the Barclays Center Arena in Brooklyn, New York, is part of a US $4.9 billion, 22-acre entertainment, business, and residential complex, which includes an 18,000-seat arena for the now-Brooklyn Nets, who are set to move to the new venue in 2012. Once constructed, the 350-unit B2 tower will be the largest modular building in the world. The challenge Since the B2 BKLYN tower is, in large part, being assembled in a factory, tolerances are much tighter, requiring that complex engineering details and interdisciplinary coordination be resolved far sooner than in the traditional design process. To address the unique construction requirements of modular, SC is coordinating an information-rich consolidated virtual model of the B2 BKLYN tower—complete with detailed architecture as provided by SHoP Architects, and structure, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems as provided by Arup, a professional services firm—using Autodesk ® Revit ® Architecture and Autodesk ® Revit ® Structure and Autodesk ® Revit ® MEP software, respectively. "It's a 180-degree shift from the traditional process," says Erik Churchill, project manager at SC. "Usually, you start with a macro and end with the detail. Modular requires that you think the opposite way. You have to really understand how the project is going to fit together. Due to this requirement, the design team has to focus on the details much earlier in the design process— such issues would otherwise be considered further downstream in a conventional project." Autodesk BIM 360 Glue is filling a need in the industry to expedite the VDC process. We are already seeing an increase in the rate of evaluation and decision making. We are establishing more efficient workflows and improving our ability to collaborate; each is required for BIM/VDC to be ultimately successful. — Jonathan Mallie Principal/Managing Director SC SC

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