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Collaboration takes off in the cloud.

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Project Summary Founded in 1902 by Henry Turner, New York-based Turner Construction Company has grown to become one of the largest construction management companies in North America. Today, the company oversees an average of 1,500 projects each year and employs 5,000 people throughout the world. Turner Construction Company is a leading advocate in the development and utilization of technology tools and green construction practices, with the largest number of LEED-accredited staff and largest volume of green construction activity in the United States. To that end, the company makes use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) to create information- rich virtual models to address potential construction issues before actual construction begins, ultimately improving project outcomes. In 2011, Turner Construction Company was recognized by Building Design & Construction for having the largest volume of projects utilizing BIM tools (4.6 billion). Turner Construction Company was tapped in early 2012 to build the new US$26 million central utility plant for the Oakland International Airport in Oakland, California. Although the shell of the 8,300-square-foot plant is relatively straightforward, the structure will house an extremely intricate network of electrical, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, all of which are critical to keeping the airport running efficiently around the clock. The Challenge "It's a complicated facility, with very dense mechanical and electrical scope," says Lincoln Wood, engineer at Turner Construction Company. "Building it requires a complex coordination effort because the efforts of many subcontractors must be integrated. Much of the equipment—the electrical switchgear and mechanical equipment, including boilers, pumps, and cooling tower—is interdependent. Everyone—from the architect, contractor, and subcontractor to the owner and facility manager, must be in complete agreement— from the submittal stage all the way to delivery, installation, and operation. If something isn't right, there's the potential for a domino effect that compromises our entire timeline and budget. There is a lot of risk." The Solution To improve cross-disciplinary collaboration and decision making during the pre-construction process, Turner built a data-rich 3D model of the central utility plant using Autodesk ® Revit ® Architecture and Autodesk ® Revit ® Structure software and then brought it into Autodesk ® Navisworks ® Manage project review software. The firm decided that BIM-based collaboration needed to continue during the construction phase in order to help keep the project on schedule. So Turner leveraged cloud-based BIM with Autodesk ® BIM Collaboration takes off in the cloud. Turner Construction Company uses Autodesk BIM 360 Glue to help keep a complex construction project on track at the Oakland International Airport. Turner Construction Company Customer Success Story Autodesk ® BIM 360 ® Glue Autodesk ® Revit ® Architecture Autodesk ® Revit ® Structure Autodesk ® Navisworks ® Manage Autodesk BIM 360 Glue is not just visualization. It supports information collaboration and has improved our efficiency. —Lincoln Wood Engineer Turner Construction Company

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