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Project Summary Founded in 1898 by Matthew Miles Walsh, The Walsh Group is a Chicago-based general contracting, construction management, and design- build firm. One of the nation's top 20 contractors, the company has expertise with a diverse range of building, civil, and transportation projects. From water treatment plants to educational facilities to office buildings, the Walsh Group is known for its commitment to the highest quality construction services. The Walsh Group was one of the first general contractors in the industry to move away from traditional 2D construction drawings and embrace virtual 3D models created with Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology. By exploring virtual project models before physical construction begins, the firm's project teams can identify and optimize complex construction issues during the design phase. As a result, The Walsh Group has been able to bring projects to completion with faster schedules, reliable costs, and less waste. And now they have expanded their use of BIM to the cloud to bring more project stakeholders into the process and improve project outcomes. The Challenge In early 2012, Archer Western, a member of The Walsh Group, was selected by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to completely renovate two military barracks facilities located in the Southern United States. The budget was tight, requiring the construction team to do more with less. One project consisted of two 500,000-square-foot buildings. The other was a complex of eight smaller buildings. As complete rebuilds, the projects included new architectural features, electrical, plumbing and environmental systems, offices, and furniture. The barracks projects involved collaboration and coordination with a multidisciplinary team of subcontractors. "Collaboration and coordination is an important part of the BIM design and build process," explains Weston Tanner, virtual construction manager at Archer Western. "It's critical that we get all of the players—from the electrical engineers to the fire prevention experts— involved in decision making." The Archer Western team had initially coordinated the design review process by having the subcontractors submit updated BIM models every week. Tanner then aggregated the models and ran clashes. The entire project team would then go through the updated BIM model at a weekly conference call. All together now. Autodesk BIM 360 Glue helps The Walsh Group accelerate collaboration among subcontractors. The Walsh Group Customer Success Story Autodesk ® BIM 360™ Glue Autodesk BIM 360 Glue helps us deliver the 3D information that the entire project team is looking for. By giving our subcontractors faster access to the latest BIM data, it's easier to bring everyone to the table. —Weston Tanner Virtual Construction Manager The Walsh Group

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