November 30, 2012
November 6, 2012
BIM is being used to construct the West 7th Street Bridge project in Fort Worth, Texas, as shown above. Sundt is a recognized expert in applying BIM to horizontal construction projects, a process known as Virtual Design and Construction, or VDC.
Building complex, difficult projects is one thing. Communicating plans for those projects so that owners can visualize and understand them ahead of time is its own challenge – particularly when it comes to heavy civil construction such as roads, bridges, rail and other infrastructure.
Sundt is using building information modeling (BIM), a standard construction technology, in novel ways to solve this problem. By utilizing BIM as a communication tool during the proposal process, we have distinguished ourselves as an industry leader when it comes to innovation and creativity. The Sellwood Bridge project in Portland, Ore., is a great example of the innovative use of BIM in action.
This brief video, created by Autodesk (makers of 3D design software for the engineering, design and construction industries), explains how Sundt is pushing the capabilities of BIM beyond its original purpose.
October 22, 2012
Including hyperlinks in your resume is a great idea when sending a resume via e-mail or when you are able to attach it with formatting intact. However, when you’re applying online, many of the systems convert the document to simple text, which eliminates the value of any link and can create a mess of your resume.
I like hyperlinks, especially when a company you worked for is not well known, and/or has a website that is not easily located. I often check company websites to see how that company is aligned with Sundt, what products or services they offer, and try to get an idea of how easy it will be to transition to our company.
Be careful of your links as often the websites change, and a bad link can leave a bad impression.
Executive-Resumes .com has a little different take on this which you may find interesting: http://www.executive-resumes.com/2010/10/could-putting-hyperlinks-in-your-resume.html
October 17, 2012
Sundt’s booth at the recent MINExpo in Las Vegas, Nev.
Sundt shared its civil construction expertise – particularly related to the mining industry – with thousands of industry leaders and other attendees at the recent MINExpo® conference in Las Vegas, Nev. MINExpo is widely recognized as the premier exposition of mining equipment and services in the world, featuring a wide range of new-product introductions and exhibits of some of the largest mining equipment. It is attended by many of the leading executives and professionals in the world mining industry.
Sundt has constructed hundreds of mining projects across the Southwest in the past five decades. Our work has spanned the entire spectrum of mine types at all stages (greenfield, rebuild, reclaimed), and our experience includes constructing and installing rail spurs, roadwork, integrated water treatment facilities, material storage and handling systems, process equipment, crushing and grinding systems and maintenance facilities. We also provide project feasibility estimating and scheduling.
Even in the specialized world of industrial construction, mining projects are unique. They are governed by stringent federal regulations as well as high, client-driven standards for safety and quality. Successful mining projects depend on detailed planning, thorough knowledge of specialty systems, piping and equipment construction and mastery of quality requirements. Mining work is high-risk and often performed in remote locations, which creates challenges with procuring skilled labor and specialty materials.
We had a great time at this year’s MINExpo and we hope to be back in 2016!
October 16, 2012
An aerial view of the Santa Teresa Rail Facility project site, which is located on a 2,200-acre parcel of desert near the U.S./Mexico border.
Trains can travel hundreds of miles at a stretch, but occasionally they need to refuel, swap containers, and undergo maintenance. Sundt is building one such facility for Union Pacific that will serve as an important point for the movement of goods along the 800-mile Sunset Route from Los Angeles to El Paso. Called the Santa Teresa Rail Facility, it is located on a 2,200-acre parcel of desert in New Mexico about two miles north of the U.S./Mexico border. The nearest sizeable city is El Paso, Texas, about 10 miles to the east.
The $400 million, state-of-the-art rail facility will incorporate fueling areas, crew change buildings, an intermodal block swap/switching yard and an intermodal ramp. Our $172 million heavy civil contract is for the project’s second phase, which involves constructing 26 buildings, installing a number of underground utilities (water, electric and sewer), concrete paving, and constructing the fuel facility and connecting it to a new fuel line. The team’s first and most significant construction milestone is the completion of the fuel facility by December 31, 2013.
“The fuel facility portion of the project is fairly complex because of the amount of mechanical piping involved,” said Sundt Project Manager Eric Weston. “We’re self-performing the majority of that work, which amounts to about $18 million of our overall contract. Sundt’s own crews are also performing the concrete paving – a package worth about $14 million.”
The project is scheduled for completion in 2014.
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce that Jonathan Hunt has joined us as a senior project engineer in the Tempe office. He will lend his expertise to civil and industrial projects (Learn more here). Since Sundt believes that our people are the core of what we do, we wanted to get to know our latest addition. We recently spent a little time talking with Jonathan, and this is what we learned.
When not at work, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy travelling to other countries.
Where in the world would you most like to visit?
The far-east: China, Japan, Korea and Thailand would be amazing.
How do you take your coffee?
At work: hot and black but at my leisure it varies from cream and sugar to iced coffee.
What’s one thing on your bucket list?
I hope to get my pilot’s license one day.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
You can do anything if you put your mind to it.
What is it about Sundt that has led you to make your career here?
The importance that Sundt places on its people really attracted me to the company. We are truly valued here.