Autodesk University
Lecture    CO6035
Applying a Value-Added, Timesaving Approach to the Building Construction Process
Rob Duceatt
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Description

This lecture will examine the approach of various timesaving, valuable processes utilized on a new 5-story healthcare addition. Prefabrication, integrated colocation (Big Room), quality install with laser scanning, and fully coordinated shop drawing creation are processes Kitchell used to induce critical waste-cutting techniques in order to shorten an already aggressive schedule. Kitchell selected 3 key areas of construction that the prefabrication process would benefit, including corridor utility racks, patient room headwalls, and patient bathrooms. We will go over the various Autodesk, Inc., software platforms utilized by trade partners in the coordination process, and we will show how co-locating to the prefab shop was a must. Participants used laser scanning to spot check areas for install and cross-referencing issues with the coordination model. Given the success of the project, Kitchell has adopted prefabrication and timesaving processes as a quality approach to be put forth on present and future projects for Kitchell.

Key Learnings

  • Begin to think about processes to cut waste from projects
  • Gain knowledge on various valuable processes
  • Understand the process of colocating and the benefits achieved
  • Learn how to view the project team as trade partners

Speakers

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Rob Duceatt graduated from Lawrence Technological University with a degree in architecture. For the last 19 years he has been participating in and gaining an appreciation for the architecture and construction scenes. Over the past few years Rob has led multiple Building Information Modeling (BIM) task forces around the Phoenix, Arizona, area, helping to demonstrate the BIM process from both an architect's and a contractor's viewpoints. Rob guest lectures at Arizona State University for the Construction Management Program, sharing his knowledge of various BIM applications with future construction superintendents and project managers. Rob is currently senior Vicon engineer with Kitchell Contractors, leading the coordination on healthcare projects.
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Steve Berry's passion for Legos, love for drawing and dads drafting tools led him to obtain a Masters in Architectures from of Arizona State University. The first years of college coincide with the PC becoming a real tool. Programs like 3D Studio, Photoshop and AutoCad replaced the Legos and typical drafting tools. Technology became an obsession that during his Architectural years had to be married with various design and presentation processes. This became a journey through various industries that includes Architecture, 3D visualization and now Construction. Currently at Kitchell this passion for software and technology has become innate philosophy on how to leverage technology to refine overall processes. Yesterday it was parametric modeling, clash detection, laser scanning. Today it is photogrammetry, drones and game engines. Tomorrow it will be Google class, augmented reality and antigravityóor teleportation. Whatever it is, I hope I get to play with it!
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