Enhanced Submittal Review

Project teams across the U.S. are enhancing the submittal review process to improve the delivery of their projects. Using Tekla’s In-Model Reviewer, designers and builders can more effectively visualize, review and share shop drawing submittals in 3D while still delivering a 2D record set.

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Enhanced Submittal Review

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How efficient is your current shop drawing review process?

Are you tired of sifting through stacks of shop drawings to find information? Are you spending too much time trying to understand the fabrication drawings? Is the whole process very tedious?  If your answer is yes then take a look at this new approach to shop drawing review that leading firms in the building and construction industry have already adopted.

What are the benefits of an enhanced submittal review process?

Tekla Structures is the leading steel detailing software in the US so there's a good chance that the steel fabricator will be detailing your next steel project using Tekla Structures. In that case you can save time and effort by using the 3D Tekla model provided by the fabricator. Using Tekla’s In-Model Reviewer, you and your project team members can more effectively visualize, review and share shop drawing submittals in 3D while still delivering a 2D record set. Benefits include:

  • Visualize better in 3D
    You can better understand the fabricator's to-be-built structure within the context of a data-rich, highly detailed construction model.
  • Review more efficiently
    The 2D shop drawings are linked to the model, making it quick and easy to find, review and stamp piece marks in the model and drawings at the same time.
  • Share record sets in both 2D and 3D
    The 2D-3D review process still provides 2D electronic drawing (pdf's) that are shared with the fabricator and stored by you as a record set, matching your current workflow and contractual obligations.
  • Enjoy the shop drawing review experience
    Visualizing, reviewing and sharing in an integrated 2D-3D workflow makes the review process much less tedious, more enjoyable experience.

To see how this process works in action, watch the sequence of short videos to the right.

What project teams are saying

Several projects across the US have successfully implemented in-model review technologies over the past few years. 

Project teams across the U.S. are enhancing the submittal review process to improve the delivery of their projects. Using Tekla software, designers and builders can more effectively visualize, review and share shop drawing submittals in 3D while still delivering a 2D record set. Learn more about how this innovative process brought benefits to the project team in the below case studies.

 

Sutter Medical – Eden Hospital, Castro Valley, CA

Sutter Health is building a new, state-of-the-art hospital on the Eden Medical Center campus in Castro Valley. This is the largest investment for a health care facility in central Alameda County, totaling nearly $400 million. The project team consisted of Devenney Group Ltd. (architect), TMAD Taylor & Gaines (structural engineer), DPR Construction (general contractor), Herrick Corporation and Candraft Detailing, Inc. (steel fabricator and detailer).

Working with the steel fabricator and its steel detailer, the project team reviewed the steel submittal packages using a complete 3D in-model review process using Tekla software*. Benefits to the project include production of 2D shop drawings after completed fabrication model review by the design team and a faster construction schedule. The project is to be complete in 2011.

*This complete 3D in-model review process was developed by Herrick Corporation and Candraft Steel Detailing using the Tekla OpenAPI.

 

UCSF Hospital at Mission Bay, San Francisco, CA

UCSF plans to build a 289-bed, integrated hospital complex to serve children, women and cancer patients near its existing biomedical campus at Mission Bay. The project team consisted of ANSHEN+ALLEN (architect), Rutherford & Chekene/ARUP (structural engineers), DPR Construction (general contractor), and Schuff International (steel fabricator).

Working with the steel fabricator and its detailer Draft-Tech, the structural engineering team reviewed submittal packages using an integrated 2D-3D in-model review process using Tekla software. Benefits to the project included a faster review time, reduced printing and shipping costs and a better quality review for the review team. The project is estimated for completion in 2014.

 

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Oakland, CA

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has been a vital health care resource and partner in the Oakland community for more than 100 years. They are building the next generation of state-of-the-art patient care services—to meet and exceed new seismic safety requirements of California. The project team consists of Devenney Group Ltd. (architect), Degenkolb Engineers (structural engineer), DPR Construction (general contractor), and Herrick Corporation and Candraft Detailing, Inc. (steel fabricator and detailer).

Working with the steel fabricator and its steel detailer, the project team reviewed the steel submittal packages using a complete 3D in-model review process using Tekla software*. Benefits to the project include production of 2D shop drawings after completed fabrication model review by the design team and a faster construction schedule. The project is expected for completion in 2013.

*This complete 3D in-model review process was developed by Herrick Corporation and Candraft Steel Detailing using the Tekla OpenAPI.

 

Helios Energy Research Facility, Berkeley, CA

Helios is a 5-story, 112,800 gsf building adjacent to the central campus in downtown Berkeley, CA. The building is purposed to finding solutions to global climate change. It will house the Energy Biosciences Institute (EB) and the UC Berkeley Bioengineering Program. The project team includes Smith Group (architect), Rutherford & Chekene (structural engineer), Rudolph & Sletten (general contractor) and Herrick Corporation as the steel fabricator, all from the northern California region

Working with the steel fabricator and its steel detailer SNC Engineering Inc., the project team reviewed the submittal packages using an integrated 2D-3D in-model review process using Tekla software. Benefits to the project included better visualization in 3D, the ability to meet a compressed construction schedule and the adoption of lean construction principles. The project is to be completed in 2011.

To learn more about how the project team enhanced their submittal review process, watch video here.

 

Equinix SV5 Data Center, San Jose, CA

The Equinix SV5 Data center project consists of a 126,569 gsf two-story LEED certified building that stands as the fifth and largest new construction data center in Silicon Valley and compliments the existing data center on the site. The project team included Sheehan Partners Architecture (architect), Paradigm Structural Engineers (structural engineer), Turner Construction (general contractor), with Schuff International being the steel fabricator, all from the northern California region.

The steel fabricator along with BDS, the steel detailer, worked with the structural engineer to review the shop drawing submittals using an integrated 2D-3D review using Tekla software. Benefits to the project included a 25% savings in the project schedule and a better quality review for the review team.

 

California State Lottery Headquarters, Sacramento, CA

The California State Lottery Headquarters building is a new 6-story, 155,000 sf office building that will house all of the Lottery’s offices and operations. Sustainable aspects of the project include a vegetated roof, solar panels, daylight harvesting, and thermal management of sun/heat using automatic and adjustable window coverings.

The project team includes LPAS (architect), Buehler-Buehler Structural Engineers, Inc. (structural engineer), Otto Construction (general contractor) and Herrick Corporation as the steel fabricator, all from the northern California region.

Working with the steel fabricator and its steel detailer Steel Systems Engineering Inc., the project team reviewed the submittal packages using a complete 3D in-model review process using Tekla software*. Benefits to the project include production of 2D shop drawings after completed fabrication model review by the design team and a faster construction schedule. The project was completed in 2010.

*This complete 3D in-model review process was developed by Herrick Corporation and Candraft Steel Detailing using the Tekla OpenAPI.

 

Sacramento Airport Terminal B Airside Project, Sacramento, CA

In 2006, Sacramento County Airport System began a modernization project of the Sacramento International Airport called the new Central Terminal B. Also called “The Big Build,” the expansion project is to meet the future air travel demand by replacing the existing terminal B. The project team included Fentress Architects (architect), Buehler-Buehler Structural Engineers (structural engineer), Turner Construction(general contractor) and Schuff International (steel fabricator) all from the northern California region

The structural engineer reviewed submittal packages using an integrated 2D-3D in-model review process using Tekla software. Benefits to the project included a faster review time, 50% reduced printing and shipping costs and a better quality review for the review team. The first flight from the new terminal will depart on October 6, 2011.

 

Lakewood Cemetery Mausoleum, Minneapolis, MN

Lakewood Cemetery was constructed to provide memorialization options for cremation and traditional crypt entombment in a climate controlled, energy efficient structure. The 24,000 square-foot, two-level mausoleum, was designed by HGA Architects and Engineers of Minneapolis (architect and structural engineer) and built by Mortenson Construction of Minneapolis (general contractor). The steel fabricator was Standard Iron & Wire Works Inc. out of Monticello, MN.

The structural engineer reviewed a series of submittal packages using an integrated 2D-3D in-model review process using Tekla software. Benefits to this approach included a better quality review for the review team. The project was completed in 2009.

 

Solaris Redevelopment, Vail, CO

Nestled in the Rockies, the Solaris redevelopment project in Vail, Colorado, replaces structures built in the 1970s with over $230 million of new construction. The project team consisted of Davis Partnership Architects (architect), Structural Consultants Inc (structural engineer), The Weitz Company (general contractor), Zimmerman Metals Inc. (steel fabricator) all located in the Denver, CO area.

The structural engineer used a 2D-3D assist review process where they used the Tekla 3D model to better visualize the complexities in 3D while reviewing the shop drawings. The project was completed in 2008. 

How can you get started?

To implement this process on your next project, engage the project team early and ask the steel or concrete fabricator to detail using Tekla Structures. Then contact Tekla for information on what you need to enhance the submittal review process. See the references link for a list of fabricators who have experience implementing model-based submittal review on real projects.

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