Zymeworks Pre-Construction Modelling and Design Assist
Construction Management has changed the way projects are being successfully delivered. Project teams are working together with a heavy investment into pre-construction so that the efforts being made during construction are more efficient. The Zymeworks project started in the more traditional model of an invited tender, which Novacom won. However, right after being awarded the project, the handover of the space was delayed as the base building was behind schedule resulting in the start of construction being pushed out by three months. A disappointing way to start a project, but what turned out to be a blessing in disguise and one of the reasons why the project has been so successful.
To take advantage of the delay, Novacom proactively initiated taking an active role in pre-construction by collaborating with the client, consultant team and trade partners during weekly meetings to dial in the construction strategy. With such a complex mechanical system and minimal plenum space, a key element of pre-construction was the completion of constructability review and clash detection using Autodesk NavisWorks and BIM 360. Each of the consultants’ Revit models was brought into BIM 360, and on a separate weekly Revit call we worked through all of the mechanical and electrical clashes, particularly with the base building structure and systems.
As a team, we were able to understand how each element of the mechanical and electrical systems worked together and would fit into the limited space. Novacom, along with our trade partners and the project team members were able to identify key issues and clashes in the design, re-work the details, and complete needed modifications prior to starting construction saving valuable time on site and costly change orders. Zymeworks has been a perfect example of how modeling a project can connect project team members to work collectively, allow for the pre-fabrication of details before they get to site, and save both money and time during construction.