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Better coordination, fewer clashes

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Introduction Lee Kennedy Co. Inc. (LKCo) has relied on Autodesk ® BIM 360 ™ Glue ® software to help enhance collaboration with mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) subcontractors on several construction projects. But the firm is finding project coordination with the cloud-based solution is reaching new heights on a project under way on the Harvard Business School campus in Boston, Massachusetts: The Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center (Chao Center). The US$53 million Chao Center, designed by Boston-based architectural firm Goody Clancy, is a 90,000-square-foot, mixed-use facility scheduled for completion in 2016. The Chao Center will include meeting, classroom, office, and dining spaces, and a 5,600-square-foot commercial kitchen and bakery. It is also expected to participate in the LEED program for Gold certification. The challenge Adam Settino, virtual design and construction (VDC) manager for LKCo, says the firm needed to collaborate more seamlessly with MEP subcontractors and the architect on the Chao Center project to meet the dual demands of increasing workload and scale. Prior to LKCo establishing its VDC department— and introducing BIM 360 Glue to project teams— MEP coordinators had been using Autodesk ® Navisworks ® software to review integrated models with project stakeholders. Because there were no standards, file management on projects was an issue. "Our MEP coordinators in the field were using Navisworks, reloading files to our FTP site constantly, and experiencing difficulties managing updated models," says Settino. "Additionally, it Better coordination, fewer clashes BIM 360 Glue helps LKCo facilitate real-time collaboration on Chao Center project for Harvard Business School COMPANY Lee Kennedy Co. Inc. LOCATION Quincy, Massachusetts, United States PRODUCT Autodesk ® BIM 360 ™ Glue ® Autodesk customer success story Lee Kennedy Co. Inc. Image courtesy of Lee Kennedy Co. Inc. Whenever we encounter a clash—a duct or pipe hitting a beam, for example—our MEP coordinator will mark up the model in BIM 360 Glue and send it to the subcontractor. We've had a lot of coordination like this on the Chao Center project, and it's helping us to solve problems faster. — Adam Settino VDC Manager Lee Kennedy Co. Inc.

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