3D digital models of building components, project sites, and underground utilities help architects, engineers, and contractors—UES’ key clients for Virtual Design Consulting—to visualize and manage workflows and team organization, as well as provide more accurate models and reports of underground structures at the beginning of a design-build project.
“This innovative service will allow BIM to be more robust by providing accurate subsurface information that creates a true complete plant model. We are filling a gap in the AEC industry by seamlessly combining both below ground and above ground building information,” said UES Director, Virtual Design Consultancy James Slusher, PE will enable companies to take on even more projects from start to finish in areas of the United States that are experiencing tremendous growth in development.”
UES Virtual Design Consulting initially focuses on three core competency areas: Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE), Subsurface Information Modeling (SIM) and 3D Laser Scanning, which integrates SIM and Building Information Modeling (BIM) in a way not seen before at scale were offered to the AEC industry.
SIM is the process of creating digital replicas of underground structures such as utilities, voids, and bedrock that can be surveyed above ground. It is essentially the opposite of BIM, a standard industry practice that generates digital representations of a structure’s physical properties.
By combining SIM with BIM, Universal Engineering Sciences is able to offer a full service offering that more accurately creates full plant models of above and below ground structures while integrating geotechnical and structural information. The Virtual Design Consulting team uses techniques that include advanced geophysics, surveying, laser scanning and 3D modeling with equipment that far exceeds the sophistication of traditional ground penetrating radar. Some benefits of integrating SIM into the BIM process are:
- Analysis of possible conflicts with structures above and below ground
- Creation of reliable 3D digital records of underground utilities
- Reducing excavation with soft digging
- Limiting costly shutdowns due to utility strikes
- Assess voids and sinkhole locations
- Collecting data on rock fracturing
- Minimize change orders and delays
- Reduced construction risk
Universal Engineering Sciences anticipates that its virtual design consulting services will help increase job site safety and increase the overall efficiency and profitability of a construction project.
About universal engineering sciences
Universal Engineering Sciences based in Orlando, is a privately held, fast-growing engineering and consulting firm with nearly six decades of experience in geotechnical engineering, building materials testing, building code compliance, sleeper inspection and environmental consulting. Recognized as an industry pioneer, UES is at the forefront of new technologies, best practices and influential legislators. Projects include both public and private clients ranging from transportation and healthcare to retail and education. UES engineers, geologists, certified inspectors and scientists offer an unwavering commitment to excellence and view each project as an opportunity to build lasting relationships with clients. BDT Capital Partners is the company’s lead investor.
UES is committed to growing through strategic acquisitions and organic growth. UES’ footprint includes locations in the high growth markets of the South, Midwest and West, inclusive Texas, Florida, Georgia, Alabamanorth and South Carolinadc subway, California, Utah, Nevada, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippiand Arkansas.
UES has been named number one on the Zweig Group’s Hot Firm List, which recognizes the fastest growing companies in the Architecture, Engineering, Design, Environment and Construction (AEC) industries. With nearly 3,100 professionals in 67 offices in nearly 20 states across the country, UES consults on projects of all sizes to help deploy the necessary infrastructure and build safe and thriving communities. For more information, please visit universalengineering.com or Follow UES on social media.
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