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Peter Basso Associates leverages BIM Tools and Communications Technologies to improve building design and construction processes. Our clients reap the benefits of our technological leadership with BIM tools and engineering software through improved integration, design, coordination, documentation, data, and collaboration.

Watch the video to hear what President Dan Englehart, and engineers Scott Bilan and Katie Ross have to say about how 3D technology is benefitting the MEP engineering process at PBA, and ultimately our clients:

BIM Tools Design

Peter Basso Associates believes in using the most appropriate design tool for the task at hand. Our project teams commonly utilize 3D content for mechanical and electrical equipment in their designs. These BIM Tools allow our engineers to create a virtual building and confirm that our designs are ‘buildable’ before drawings are ever issued. Using BIM tools, we “design it once” instead of the less efficient process of “draw it, check it, and revise it.” This design efficiency benefits the entire design team by expediting the schedule and avoiding conflicts.

BIM Tools Coordination

Peter Basso Associates typically is one member in an extended design team. Coordinating our designs with those of other disciplines is vital. Utilizing BIM tools and software, PBA has the ability to integrate other 3D models, check for clashes and revise the design to eliminate clashes.

Recognizing that limitations do exist within these technologies, sometimes we must perform a clash check on BIM tools after designs are in place. Peter Basso Associates developed software to help integrate Navisworks with our primary design software, AutoCAD MEP. This software finds and highlights elements that are causing clashes. The engineer can then fix the problem element before drawings are issued.

BIM Tools Data

Peter Basso Associates can incorporate intelligent components into our design, enabling us to provide building owners and contractors a more accurate Opinion of Probable Construction Cost estimate for the systems that have been designed. These estimates can be used to help verify that contractor bids are reasonable.

BIM Tools Integration

PBA services a wide range of clients who use many different design software platforms. Using MEP engineering software and workflows, we often integrate into project teams that are using BIM Tools such as AutoCAD or AutoCAD Architecture (Architectural Desktop), Revit Architecture, and MicroStation. We have developed processes to interface with these BIM tools efficiently.

BIM Tools Documentation

Construction documents and specifications are a primary deliverable for most projects. Employing BIM tools, Peter Basso Associates provides electronic documentation of the design. While many firms use 3D only as a design check, or as an enhanced model after designing in 2D, PBA uses 3D modeling from the beginning of design. Our electronic documentation deliverable represents the culmination of a comprehensive, integrated design methodology, rather than ‘back-checking’ after design is complete.

BIM Tools Collaboration

Peter Basso Associates uses virtual collaborative meetings to improve communications and maximize staff efficiency. Our use of the LifeSize video conferencing system enables us to facilitate and participate in virtual meetings with participants in multiple locations. In addition, we can integrate many different types of file sharing and project workflow websites for these meetings.


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