For the past 4 years, Robins & Morton has relied on Building Information Modeling (BIM) for collaboration with building owners, designers, and subcontractors from the very earliest stages of planning. The company uses Autodesk BIM solutions to identify and address constructability issues before they happen, exceeding their customers’ expectations by delivering value through schedule and cost savings. The firm has successfully constructed over 35 projects using Autodesk BIM solutions.
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Founded in 1946, Robins & Morton has grown from a modest construction operation into one of the top contractors in the United States. Its services include general construction, construction management, program management, preconstruction, and design-build. The company’s major divisions—Healthcare, Commercial, Special Projects, Concrete & Industrial, and Government Services—operate from 6 offices throughout southeastern United States.
Robins & Morton uses Autodesk BIM solutions extensively for preconstruction and construction planning, scheduling, and coordination. During preconstruction, the firm uses Autodesk® Revit® software products to create construction models by leveraging existing design models or original 2D design data. The company then aggregates those models using Autodesk® Navisworks® Manage software for improved cross-discipline design and preconstruction coordination.
During construction, Robins & Morton requires BIM submittals from its subcontractors and combines their fabrication models with the design models in Navisworks to facilitate clash detection and resolution. Once construction is complete, the firm typically delivers BIM as-builts in the form of Revit and Navisworks models to its clients for their facility maintenance and operations.
Robins & Morton uses these Autodesk products:
Robins & Morton was the program and construction manager for the recently completed $92.5-million basketball arena at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. BIM helped the integrated project team—including 360 Architecture, Davis Architects, engineering firm Walter P Moore, and general contractor B.L. Harbert—deliver the arena ahead of schedule and under budget.
Throughout the project, Robins & Morton worked with the design teams, contractors, and subcontractors to leverage Autodesk BIM solutions for field coordination, visualization and virtual walk-throughs, 4D construction planning and scheduling, and as-built tracking.
Robins & Morton also used Revit Structure as its primary documentation tool for concrete placement during construction. For example, the company used the software to plan and document construction activities for over 200 foundation caissons, tracking date poured, volume of concrete, and depth at refusal. This helped the company compare and visually monitor design depth quantities versus actual depth, resulting in a credit of over $300,000 for its client. Another innovative use of BIM on this project was planning and coordination for the entry, exit, and travel paths of large construction cranes. Due to site constraints, the roof had to be erected from inside the arena, requiring careful coordination of the cranes needed for construction.
Robins & Morton used Navisworks software for the 4D construction simulation of the precast stadia, the long span roof trusses, and the cranes. This helped the team to synchronize the movements of the cranes with the erection of the trusses, particularly during the final construction sequences when space above the cranes was limited but the cranes still needed clearance to move and exit.
Robins & Morton was the general contractor for another recently completed BIM project, the new 101-bed Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln Replacement Hospital located in Lincolnton, North Carolina. Robins & Morton led an integrated project team that included the client, the architect, and the major subcontractors.
The team relied on Autodesk BIM solutions to support collaboration, clash detection, and field coordination—minimizing field rework and helping to reduce the schedule significantly. The team also used BIM for key sustainable construction practices, particularly the reliance on digital design-to-fabrication workflows to reduce material waste during fabrication and construction.
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Robins & Morton uses Applied Software, in Atlanta, Georgia, as its reseller.
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