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Health Facilities Management Magazine Article: “Planning a Hospital Mass Notification System”

Evan Baker, NICET II, Data / Fire / Security (DFS) Manager at SSOE with over 10 years of experience, recently authored this illustrative article detailing best practices for designing an effective hospital mass notification system (MNS). Today’s technology allows for customized life-safety messages to be communicated in real time in various ways, with many features varying by vendor. Baker writes that a successful MNS design starts with calculated planning and the involvement of many parties — including the building’s architect, fire protection engineer, hospital personnel, insurance provider, and code officials — to help determine priority MNS features. Continue reading →

Infographic: The Impact of BIM

BIM is a fundamental ingredient of VDC at SSOE.

In 2015, Dodge Data & Analytics released a SmartMarket Report, “Measuring the Impact of BIM on Complex Buildings” focused on quantifying how BIM is contributing to improved outcomes in the stages of design and construction for complex buildings. In order to quantify, Dodge  performed an online survey of 391 owners, architects, and contractors who indicated that their company uses BIM and that they had a moderate or higher level of knowledge about the use of BIM at their company.

We created an infographic that boils down a few key findings from this report on the positive impacts of BIM, top project outcomes expected to have the greatest impact in the next 5 years, and obstacles preventing organizations from achieving greater efficiency through BIM. You’ll also find a few SSOE-specific stats on the impact we’ve seen from VDC in our organization.

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Four Fundamental Enablers of VDC

Essential elements to have in place for truly successful implementation of VDC project delivery.

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New Equipment Digest Article: “Walking a High Tech Tightrope”

Kaleta-Gavin_150x150Gavin Kaleta, PE, LEED AP BD+C, mechanical engineer at SSOE, recently authored an article in New Equipment Digest discussing the benefits of zero unplanned downtime, or ZUD, and how it increased the success of a high-stakes semiconductor research fabrication facility (fab) project. By forecasting and planning for the challenges in construction execution — and because of our design team’s experience in advanced technology and complex projects — SSOE was able to avoid unplanned downtime, which can lead to very costly repercussions, especially as it relates to critical chip development. Kaleta details how to build the best team possible for a high-pressure facility renovation. Continue reading →

Area Development Magazine Article: “International Location Report: Site Selection in the Auto Industry — A Move to Mexico?”

Alexandra Segers, Dipl.-Ing, PE, MS, General Manager of SSOE’s Southeast U.S. operations, was recently published in Area Development Magazine discussing the worldwide trend of OEMs—and subsequently suppliers—moving operations to Mexico. With this number growing every day, Segers reminds readers the Southeast U.S. is still a viable, competitive option for automotive parts production. Continue reading →

Building Design + Construction Magazine Article: “Managing Risks with Laser Scanning Gives AEC Firms an Edge”

labell150x150Mark LaBell, BIM/CAD Technical Leader, was interviewed for this recent article on laser scanning featured in BD+C Magazine. Within, LaBell discusses SSOE’s rapid and wide-spread adoption of 3D laser scanning to capture existing conditions of facilities or sites and reviews the investments needed in not only software, hardware, and personnel training, but also third-party vendor relationships needed to fully support laser scanning data processing and modeling. Laser scanning is quickly becoming the go-to tool for reality capture—replacing the time consuming and less accurate method of manually recorded field measurements and ultimately creating an incredibly realistic and detailed 3D model. Continue reading →