Providing end-to-end BIM technology solutions. Q&A with Sid Bansal of weBIM.

August 25, 2018

 

 

Sid Bansal is currently a Principal-BIM Lead at weBIM, a BIM Consulting company focused on BIM technology solutions. Sid has more than 17 years of experience spanning across BIM Methodologies and Implementation from design to construction phase in North America. He is proficient in virtual design and construction and is recognized as a skillful BIM strategist in the discipline.

 

He is currently working towards the license for the membership for Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) and holds the membership of Member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MRAIC), Council of Architects, India (COA) and certification for Construction Project Management (CPM).

 

 

 

Q. Please tell us about weBIM

 

A.  WeBIM caters to a growing number of clients with a focus on construction companies, architectural firms, builders, general & specialty contractors. As an early adopter of BIM technology, we act as a strategic partner to the client, helping them with a seamless BIM transition within minimum time and budget. We provide plethora of BIM services ranging from advisory to BIM Implementation and Project Management.

 

Our vision is to be recognized as a leading BIM Consulting provider delivering comprehensible and suggestive design and model production coordination strategy for architectural and construction discipline.

 

Q. What can you tell us about your professional background, role and expertise?

 

A. Sid has more than 17 years of experience spanning across BIM Methodologies and Implementation from design to construction phase in North America. He is continuously engaged with projects with building projects involving consulting, VDC, project management, construction documentation and BIM management. As an early BIM adopter, he has developed skills and methodologies to use BIM tools efficiently for Drawing Production.

 

He has spent years working, mentoring team transitions and assisting some of the renowned Canadian AEC firms, helping them to complete small to large-scale BIM projects. His career path embraces developing methodologies for effortless implementation from design to construction phase and successfully resolving complexity for large scale developments.

 

 

Q. What is the Organization’s overall philosophy towards technology/BIM adoption?

 

A. Our aim is to undertake building projects and utilize BIM to facilitate construction safety, site logistics, project scheduling, material quantifications and sequencing of construction thereby fostering innovation, embracing emerging technologies, and making a difference for our clients, employees, and community. 

 

WeBIM recognizes the importance of innovation and digital transformation. A key element of our company vision is to develop and embrace emerging technologies and processes and to be recognized as the highest value provider in BIM, Construction Document Production and Virtual Construction domain.

 

Q. What are some of the technology/BIM initiatives being undertaken within your organization?

 

A. Technology Perspective

 

  • Adoption of a building information modelling as platform to shorten project life cycles, savings on paperwork and material costs with increased ROI and a broad range of custom configurations.

  • Integrate Virtual Coordination concept and mixed reality environment with HoloLens for users to pin holograms with physical objects and interact with data using gesture, gaze, and voice commands to achieve cost and schedule benefits.

  • Sophisticated planning including incentives for risk sharing and innovation, performance management and supply-chain practices.

  • Visualize drawings and 3-D Models on site, using mobile platforms. Create, assign and prioritize tasks in real time and track progress and performance online.

  • Monitor project models and collaborate across external teams and work areas using C4R.

  • Maintain standardized communication checklists and update and track checklists across projects to expedite project closure. 

 

BIM Initiatives

 

  • Perform project feasibility, construction, and SWOT analysis for a seamless transition from CAD drafting to BIM implementation.

  • Identifying potential dependencies from preliminary designing to constructional phase.

  • An attempt towards forming a community to improve the performance of the construction industry through high-impact research and open knowledge sharing.

  • Facilitating the exchange of knowledge and experience between academia and industry and adoption of simplified decision-making processes and automate repetitive procedures in drawing production.

 

 

Q. What is an interesting project/case study/product where technology/BIM is being implemented or has been implemented?

 

A. weBIM was engaged in the architectural scope for TTC McNicoll Bus Garage project. As a part of the contractual obligation, Stratsman Architects in collaboration with Eastern-Budcon construction intended to use BIM tools for the project. Use of Revit Models was ensured during the construction to deliver as-built drawings along with integration of IBM Maximo for the TTC project.

 

Business Challenges

 

  • Existing Garages were operating at over-capacity

  • New bus garage required within five years to accommodate increased ridership

  • Some buses serving east-end routes are stored and maintained in west-end garage