BIM Coordination


Navigating the Waters of Design and Construction BIM Coordination



Join the AIA Columbus Technology in Architectural Practice Committee for lunch and a presentation on BIM coordination between design and construction phases.



February 18, 2016

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

Lunch is provided.

In traditional project delivery settings, Design Phase and Construction Phase Coordination prevents true collaboration between the Design and Construct project teams. Through CM-at-Risk, Design-Assist, Design-Build and IPD project delivery types, optimization of Design Phase coordination can occur through early team engagement – thus working to create a more streamlined Construction Coordination effort. Like many facets of the building construction industry, we must challenge ourselves to “begin with the end in mind”. Design Coordination teams constantly face this challenge, in order to somehow use their ‘crystal ball’ and see the end result based on early design coordination strategies, techniques, and systems layout. Likewise, Construction Coordination teams must interpret the intent of the Design Team coordination effort, while working within the parameters of the Builder and the Owner.

But what happens in a dynamic project where design and construction coordination “beginnings” and “ends” blur together? When coordination parameters change often during the process? How does this all get managed?

Join AIA Columbus for a special presentation into a case study which looks at managing this dynamic process in a Design-Build setting on a large scale, multiple building project from both the Design and Construct perspectives.


2.0 Learning Units

The Center for Architecture and Design

50 West Town St.,
Suite 110

Columbus, OH 43215

$15 AIA Members
$5 Associate Members
$20 Non-AIA Members

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Key Concepts:

  • Establishing the Design-Build Team approach (enhancing visual communication)
  • Early planning strategies for effective Design Phase Coordination (bringing BIM to life)
  • Establishment of BIM Execution Planning (learning to trust the models)
  • Project Team Co-Location & Revit Server (real-time team access to effect rapid change)
  • Involvement of Design-Assist Contractors (early input on routing/fabrication)
  • VDC Specification (setting trade contractor coordination expectations)
  • Builder-led BIM/VDC Coordination Process (leading with the end in mind)
  • Establishment of BIM Walk-thrus with Design/Owner Teams (identifying critical spaces)
  • BIM to Field (bringing the models to the point of construction in real-time)

Sponsored by:



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or call 614-469-1973.

Our Featured Speakers:

Alex R. Belkofer, CM - BIM - Messer Construction Company 
Virtual Construction Manager | Operations Technology Services
Alex brings a diverse background of experience and knowledge within the A/E/C industry to Messer Construction's Operations Technology Services group. Alex graduated from The Ohio State University with a dual degree in Architecture and Construction Management and utilizes his expertise from both sides of the industry to thoroughly understand the entire scope of construction projects while coordinating effective project management. Alex strives for innovative and practical construction management strategies to ensure that all managerial aspects are coordinated with the client's best interests in mind.

Alex has held various roles throughout his construction operations experience and presently is part of a six person Virtual Construction Team responsible for the implementation, coordination, and management of Messer's Building Information Modeling (BIM) best practices company-wide. From corporate office to construction site, the VCTeam promotes, trains and guides Project Teams through the BIM process over the course of a building's lifecycle.

Speaking Role: early interface with Design/Owner Teams, VDC Coordination protocols, aligning coordination expectations, bringing the model to life, BIM to Field

Paul Schmidt - Messer Construction Company 
Paul brings more than a decade of complexed healthcare construction experience and work on over 19 projects during his tenure with Messer Construction Co. He joined the Messer team in 2001 and currently serves as Project Executive on The Ohio State University's $305MM North Residential District Transformation (NRDT) Project.

Paul's primary role as Project Executive is dedicated to management of processes and best practices, QA/QC leadership and expediting project and safety control measures. From high level to fine detail, Paul utilizes his technical expertise with Builting Information Modeling (BIM) to facilitate model reviews with Designers, Owner, and Trade Contractors. Paul will often incorporate BIM into weekly Project Meetings, Trade Coordination sessions and with Field Teams to review complexed details, ensure proper coordination and to convey visualization and expectations to End Users. Paul holds a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University.


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Alex Belkofer






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Paul Schmidt

Program Learning Benefits:

  • Opportunity for attendees to learn about key aspects in managing multiple building coordination 
    efforts simultaneously while aligning expectations on a large scale, multiple building project
  • Identifying technical differences in workflows, management and contract documents when 
    utilizing 3D Design & Construction Coordination
  • Understanding the framework of implementing Virtual Design & Construction processes both
    internally and externally
  • Communicating the importance of project-specific BIM Execution Planning
  • Networking with potential clients and firms involved in building design & construction
  • Engagement with featured speakers and participants before and after the program
  • Earn AIA CEUs!


Program Agenda:

11:45am – 12:00pm Program Registration and Check-in
12:00pm – 12:05pm Introduction to Presentation
12:05pm – 12:50pm Presentation #1: Design Coordination
12:50pm – 1:05pm Lunch Intermission
1:05pm – 1:50pm Presentation #2: Construction Coordination
1:50pm – 2:00pm Q&A / Wrap-up

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