Case Study

Schmidt Associates

Improving Project Efficiency with Connected BIM and Construction Administration Workflows

Schmidt Associates

Projects:

Indianapolis Consolidated Civil and Criminal Courthouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Washington Township Schools

Company Overview

Schmidt Associates is a full-service Architecture and Engineering firm specializing in Architecture, Engineering, Energy, Interior Design Site, and Construction Administration. The Indianapolis Consolidated Civil and Criminal Courthouse project is part of a larger Marion County Community justice campus. This multi-year design-build project includes a large team comprised of criteria developers, design-builders, the design team (Schmidt Associates) with subcontractors, prime contractors with design-assist, and coordinated campus project teams.

Challenges

With complex projects like the Indianapolis Consolidated Civil and Criminal Courthouse, varying contractual relationships and owner requirements often dictate which construction administration software companies must use. As a result, teams adopt more software to solve one issue but introduce other challenges by adding more applications and data sources.

Schmidt Associates struggled with a number of challenges including:

  • How to collaborate and efficiently share information with sub-consultants, the prime contractor, and campus project teams using Autodesk BIM 360, Procore, and Newforma Project Center.
  • Adhere to digital data requirements with a centralized view of the project record.
  • Locating project information across a host of applications and storage locations.
  • The administrative burden of moving project files between systems.

Why Newforma Project Center

Using Newforma Project Center, and the latest Autodesk® BIM 360 and Procore® Connectors, Schmidt Associates created a centralized source for project information to eliminate complex information management challenges and reduce time spent on administrative work.

Easily Share BIM 360 Files with Design Partners and External Team Members

By implementing the Project Center Connector for Autodesk BIM 360, Schmidt Associates reduced time spent, approximately one hour per day, copying models from BIM 360 in order to share with external team members who did not have access to BIM 360.The Project Center Info Exchange sync function enables Schmidt Associates to share and synchronize a model folder on a preset schedule (twice a day, daily, etc.) with design partners.

Integrate BIM 360 Files With All Other Project Information for a Complete Project Record

Schmidt Associates was also able to meet digital data requirements by providing key stakeholders with a complete project record. It also enabled team members to use the platform they were already familiar with to find and access project information.

“The comprehensive view of the project record is so important. Because there are different products focused on maximizing collaboration in different ways, it’s nice to have a ‘platform agnostic’ way to see all these components together, including files from BIM 360, SharePoint Online, and your different network folders. Using Newforma, our firm leadership and technical staff have the benefit of quick access to all information in a familiar environment.”

Improve Project Team Productivity and Overall Project Delivery Performance

Newforma’s Project Center Connectors for Autodesk BIM 360 and Procore enabled Schmidt Associates to automate workflows for sharing files and transferring submittal and RFIs. This eliminated double entry of data and reduced administrative time.

“Before the Newforma + BIM 360 Connector, we had a full-time staff member transferring and uploading files from BIM 360 into Newforma Project Center. Now, he saves five to eight hours a week in administrative tasks. We’re also sending RFIs/Submittals through Newforma Project Center using the Procore Workflow Connector, which eliminates double logging.”

The climate of our industry today and the increasingly complex project delivery model – complex partnerships, varying contractual relationships, digital data requirements, and the need to centralize the project record – makes solutions like Newforma necessary.
Greg Hempstead AIA LEED AP®, CSI CDT, Project Delivery Systems Manager/Associate