FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA,  January 24, 2017 – 

Hypower is involved in the overall project and is proud to be the electrical trade specialty contractor contributing to the VDC process for the Miami Central Station. Since 2009, Hypower has completed 20+ VDC projects with a total value of $130 million.

David Thirlwell, Senior BIM/VDC Designer at Baker Concrete elaborates more on the importance of VDC in a publication in ENR earlier this month. In late 2015, Baker Concrete began construction on Brightline’s MiamiCentral station complex, the signature landmark of the new Brightline express passenger rail service. The Brightline system will connect downtown Miami to Orlando with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

The 9-acre downtown project consists of heavy rail platforms elevated up to 52 ft above the city, with three shear wall cores supporting midrise towers and 3 million sq ft of residential, commercial, office and retail space. Baker Concrete’s scope includes a complex arrangement of rail piers, columns, shear walls and elevated decks, as well as active, on-grade freight rail and elevated light rail weaving through the downtown Miami site.

The project team’s engagement with the building information modeling (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC) staff were absolutely critical to making sure that BIM and VDC played an important role, well beyond what was required by the general contractor. Think of BIM as the technology component (i.e., 3D software-based building planning technology) and VDC as the various methods of integrating the technology with operations.

Our team did regularly participate in coordination meetings with the general contractor, identifying and resolving many important issues. But it was really the individuals at each level of the Baker Concrete team that made sure BIM and VDC were strategically applied and supported for the greatest impact. While the overall project remains challenging (and no amount of BIM will pour a yard of concrete), the BIM and VDC efforts have—without a doubt—been critical to the project’s ongoing success.


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