November 30, 2012
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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.
November 2, 2011
An image from the animated VDC model of Sundt's Sellwood Bridge project in Portland, Ore. The model shows the entire construction sequence and then pauses to demonstrate how traffic flows through the site.
BIM is to vertical construction as VDC is to horizontal construction. If this sounds more like an SAT question to you than a cutting-edge way to build better heavy civil construction projects, read on.
Virtual design and construction (VDC) can transform the construction of horizontal infrastructure projects like highways and bridges. Sundt has become an expert in the use of VDC and the many advantages it offers clients: better communication, fewer change orders and requests for information, the elimination of rework, increased productivity and quality, shortened schedules, creation of computerized as-built drawings and specifications, and – most importantly – reduced costs.
Want to know more? Eric Cylwik and Kevin Dwyer, two Sundt employees who have become leading experts on VDC, have authored an article on the subject that was posted today on the website of ENR magazine. You can find it here.
October 11, 2011
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September 19, 2011
Eric Hedlund (left) and Mike Hoover (right)
Sundt Construction, Inc. has promoted long-time employees Mike Hoover and Eric Hedlund to serve as the company’s dual COOs, effective Oct. 1. Mike and Eric’s promotions split construction project management of Sundt’s operations between them, creating an optimized organizational structure in light of our growth and expansion to new markets.
Mike now oversees our heavy civil, mining & industrial, concrete, masonry and safety/quality groups. Joining Sundt in 1978 to work on industrial and heavy civil construction projects, Mike previously served as senior vice president and heavy civil group manager. More…
Eric now oversees our California, Southwest, Texas, Federal and special project groups. Employed by the construction company since 1987, Eric previously served as senior vice president and building group manager, overseeing and leading six of Sundt’s business units. More…
Our Kiewit-Sundt joint-venture team is working hard to wrap up its Loop 101 expansion project, which kicked off earlier this year. A fast-track endeavor set for completion this fall, this Arizona Deportment of Transportation project will offer Phoenix commuters nearly 30 miles of new HOV lanes. Last week this significant heavy civil construction project earned ink in Engineering News Record. Visit enr.construction.com to get the scoop, which features interviews with Allen Mills of Kiewit and Travis McCarthy of Sundt.