3D-Enabled Design/Construction for General Motors Toledo Transmission Plant Expansion general motors, ghafari associates, L.L.c.
General Motors is expanding to produce a new hydra-Matic
6L80 six-speed, rear-wheel-drive automatic transmission for
full-size SUVs and trucks. The project includes 275,000 square
feet of facility renovation and 475,000 square feet of new
construction. A large multidisciplinary team comprised of
architects, engineers, contractors, detailers, and fabricators
from a number of companies collaborated to design and
build the facility.
GhAFARI Associates led the implementation and deployment
of 3D-enabled delivery methodologies and associated technologies. Bentley’s integrated BIM solutions and Project Wise
collaboration servers were used to design and coordinate the
architectural, structural, and major facility systems. 3D models
were used to integrate facility systems and eliminate thousands
of design conflicts prior to construction, and produce highly
coordinated construction documents and installation drawings
for architectural, structural, and MEP systems.
Glickman Tower nBBJ and Korda nemeth
The Glickman Tower is a 325,000 square-foot outpatient
building on the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic near
downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The project consists of 10 above-grade habitable floors, a habitable basement, and a two-story
mechanical penthouse topped by a helipad. The largest
challenge was the extremely fast track of the project, which
needed to be completed simultaneously with a building that
entered design more than four years earlier.
Because of the need for speed and efficiency, the decision
was made to use BIM — specifically, the TriForma extension of
MicroStation, Bentley Structural, and Bentley’s RAM product
line. Bentley’s integrated BIM solutions were chosen because
they provided the ability to extract 2D drawings from a 3D
model as well as a robust rendering engine, and support a
collaborative team environment.