American Buildings Company (ABC), a leading manufacturer and supplier of pre-engineered metal building systems, is the first manufacturer to begin detailing 100 percent using 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM). To take BIM a step further ABC has worked to create "high definition BIM" that shows details and connections, including bolting, anchoring and insulation.
"The push for BIM adoption at ABC came directly from our own detailers looking for ways to improve viewing of structural members and parts," said Ron Kuenkler, president of ABC. "BIM is a game changer, with the potential to revolutionize every phase of the construction process. We like to think of our version of the software as not just 3D, but HD."
BIM is the process of not only generating but also managing building data and its various components throughout the building's lifecycle. Using three dimensional, real-time, dynamic building modeling software to increase productivity in building design and construction, the process produces the Building Information Model.
"Utilizing BIM in every project we do gives ABC an upper hand allowing for enhanced quality control, providing comprehensive life-cycle management that leads to increased productivity," said Kuenkler. "BIM detailing has already improved the quality of our buildings because we can detect part clashes before manufacturing begins."
ABC is utilizing BIM due to the high degree of detail available with the software, which is critical for design, detailing and manufacturing requirements. Removing human calculation error with no manual scaling from blueprints, it allows for increased productivity and accuracy in an intelligent and data rich 3D BIM environment.
For more than 65 years American Buildings Company has been pioneering the design, manufacture and delivery of metal buildings and roofing systems that set the industry standard. From industrial and commercial structures to tailored projects for the automotive, retail and transportation industries, the ABC family of more than 850 authorized Builders has the expertise to exceed expectations for custom engineered metal building projects in a variety of industry segments. ABC delivers a proven combination of products, technology, and customer service to accurately execute projects on time and on budget through four strategically located engineering and manufacturing facilities. Locations include Eufaula, Ala., Carson City, Nev., El Paso, Ill., and LaCrosse, Va. For more information on American Buildings Company, visit their website.