Cn3D Team Expands. Welcome Tiffany Varnell!

Salt Lake City, Utah, January 23, 2017– Cn3D Construction has hired Tiffany Varnell as their new BIM Intern! We are excited to have her join the team and expand our services and reach across the US.

tiffany-photoTiffany began studying engineering in her teens.  It started with mechanical engineering and robotics with the ‘Project Lead the Way’ program.  Project Lead the Way is a non-profit organization that develops STEM curricula for use by US elementary, middle, and high schools. As part of the program she took an Architecture course and fell in love with 3D building design.  Now as a senior at Weber State University she is studying Architecture Technology Engineering, with emphasis in Design Engineering, Construction Management and Construction Development.

Since graduation from high school, Tiffany has held a few different positions in the construction industry. Including Architectural Drafting, Jr. Project Manager, Project Assistant, and most recently BIM Intern.  Her experience in the construction industry and knowledge attained in school has proven to Tiffany the value of 3D CAD programs and how the use of 3D models is a necessity in to build efficiently.

Tiffany grew up in West Haven, Utah; where she attended Fremont High School. During her high school career, she was a part of Fremont’s swim team and captain her senior year.  Tiffany was recently engaged to her best friend and hunting partner. Together they have a 7-month old German Shorthair puppy named Hunter. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys being outside, especially if it involves hunting, fishing and camping. You can contact Tiffany at tiffany@cn3dconstruction.com. Welcome her to the team!

Cn3D Construction is committed to assisting the AECO industry in the adoption of construction technology and BIM. We add more tools to your arsenal, protecting your profits and relationships; mitigating the risk that is present on every job.

Project delivery methods are changing, lean construction is more than a class in school and the cloud is dominating computing. Add BIM to the big picture and there is a lot changing; it’s time to adjust your business model. We know just how to help you adopt, implement and integrate.

Although we do offer construction technology and BIM services, training your employees is our top priority. They are your greatest asset and we think there is no better way to reward them than promotion from within. We make Technology Guru’s and BIM Director’s.

If you would like more information, please contact Jennifer Lanzetti at 385-528-2984 or email at jennifer@cn3dconstruction.com.

Surviving BIM in 2017!

Have you heard of the guys at #JBKnowledge? They have a fantastic podcast that covers the latest and greatest in Construction Tech and they interview the people pushing tech deep into industry trenches.

Check out the interview about how to survive BIM in 2017 with guest Jennifer Lanzetti, Principal at Cn3D Construction. The interview starts about halfway through.

http://www.spreaker.com/user/jbknowledge/contechtrio-episode-49-interview-with-bi 

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To stay abreast of the latest I encourage you to follow #ConTechTrio and the guys that make it possible:

  • James Benham (@jamesmbenham)
  • Rob McKinney (@conappguru)
  • Josh Bone (@bim2thebone)

Featuring Construction Tech News of the Week including:
– Construction Dive Newsletter – Get the Top Construction News Daily!
– RocketBook Wave Notebook
– 10 Construction Industry Trends to Watch in 2017
– Tesla’s Supercharger
– World’s First Dimensioning Instrument
– New Cross-Laminated Timber Technology
-And much more!

Cn3D Team Expands. Welcome Alex Evans!

Salt Lake City, Utah, December 19, 2016– Cn3D Construction has hired Alex Evans as their new BIM Engineer! We are excited to have him join the team and expand our services and reach across the US.

alex-evans-photoGrowing up, Alex worked for his family’s construction company. Working there he was able to learn a lot of valuable lessons; the most important one being the value of hard work.  He started drafting when he was in high school at Timpview High because of the tutelage of his drafting teacher. He enjoyed AutoCAD and drafting so much, after high school he continued is education and earned a drafting degree. After school is when he began his career in the BIM field learning how all the systems work together and how they make a difference in comfort for the occupants. He has been fortunate to work on a variety of projects with many different trades.

3 years ago, he met the love of his life and his best friend. They were married a year and half ago and in October they welcomed their first child. He loves his small and wonderful family; spending as much time with them when he’s not helping build refineries, hospitals and schools virtually.

Cn3D is fortunate to have Alex as a new team member bringing his construction and BIM experience. You can contact Alex at alex@cn3dconstruction.com. Welcome him to the team!

Cn3D  Construction is committed to assisting the AECO industry in the adoption of construction technology and BIM. We add more tools to your arsenal, protecting your profits and relationships; mitigating the risk that is present on every job.

Project delivery methods are changing, lean construction is more than a class in school and the cloud is dominating computing. Add BIM to the big picture and there is a lot changing; it’s time to adjust your business model. We know just how to help you adopt, implement and integrate.

Although we do offer construction technology and BIM services, training your employees is our top priority. They are your greatest asset and we think there is no better way to reward them than promotion from within. We make Technology Guru’s and BIM Director’s.

If you would like more information, please contact Jennifer Lanzetti at 385-528-2984 or email at jennifer@cn3dconstruction.com.

Cn3D Team Expands. Welcome Margaret Weddle!

Salt Lake City, Utah, December 15, 2016– Cn3D Construction has hired Margaret Weddle as their new BIM Intern! We are excited to have her join the team and expand our services and reach across the US.

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Margaret Weddle is currently a student at BYU. As a lover of education, she is a big believer that when learning is fun & interesting, good grades are easy.  She loved home schooling her three children, then going back to college to explore subjects she had not yet mastered.  She took her first class in Revit as a “fun class”, and fell in love with the whole BIM concept; seeing a whole world of possibilities.  She soon changed her major to Construction Management and pursued BIM as the path that would bring all her talents, interests and pursuits together into one exciting path.  She will graduate from BYU with a BS degree in Construction Management in 2017.

Margaret grew up in Phoenix and the White Mountains of Arizona.  There she met and married her best friend, Paul, and together they have three children.  Soon after they were married, Paul joined the Army, so Maggie and her family has lived in AZ, NC, WA, Germany, and finally UT.  She has been dabbling in home design for over 30 years, and has loved seeing the world of architecture and home design around the world.  Prior to college she spent her years as a homemaker, home schooler and volunteer; usually in scouting, where she served for over 16 years.

Margaret is currently assisting Cn3D’s clients on the large SLC International Airport Redevelopment. You can contact Maggie at margaret@cn3dconstruction.com. Welcome her to the team!

Cn3D Construction is committed to assisting the AECO industry in the adoption of construction technology and BIM. We add more tools to your arsenal, protecting your profits and relationships; mitigating the risk that is present on every job.

Project delivery methods are changing, lean construction is more than a class in school and the cloud is dominating computing. Add BIM to the big picture and there is a lot changing; it’s time to adjust your business model. We know just how to help you adopt, implement and integrate.

Although we do offer construction technology and BIM services, training your employees is our top priority. They are your greatest asset and we think there is no better way to reward them than promotion from within. We make Technology Guru’s and BIM Director’s.

If you would like more information, please contact Jennifer Lanzetti at 385-528-2984 or email at jennifer@cn3dconstruction.com.

Cn3D Team Expands. Welcome Mike Elizondo!

Salt Lake City, Utah, September 12, 2016– Cn3D Construction has hired Mike Elizondo as their new BIM Project Manager! We are excited to have him join the team and expand our services and reach across the US.

mike-elizondo-pictureMike comes to Cn3D Construction with an extensive HVAC background. He has been in the construction industry the majority of his career, with the exception of working for my family’s business at General Motors in his Michigan home town.  Mike has been an advocate for BIM since his first experience with it on the Provo City Center Temple in 2011. Mike enjoys working construction because of the personal sense of accomplishment.  One of his favorite projects was at NASA in Huntsville, Alabama. Mike’s background brings prudent mechanical knowledge to Cn3D, where we merge real world construction design with technology applications.

Mike is a devoted family man; married to Dolores, blessed with two wonderful step-daughters and has two yorkie puppies. He is devoted to spending time with family, has a great appreciation for life and lives by his family motto, “living every day to its fullest.”

When Mike is not working, he enjoys being outdoors camping, riding ATV’s, snowmobiling, traveling and boating. You can contact Mike at michael@cn3dconstruction.com. Welcome him to the team!

Cn3D Construction is committed to assisting the AECO industry in the adoption of construction technology and BIM. We add more tools to your arsenal, protecting your profits and relationships; mitigating the risk that is present on every job.

Project delivery methods are changing, lean construction is more than a class in school and the cloud is dominating computing. Add BIM to the big picture and there is a lot changing; it’s time to adjust your business model. We know just how to help you adopt, implement and integrate.

Although we do offer construction technology and BIM services, training your employees is our top priority. They are your greatest asset and we think there is no better way to reward them than promotion from within. We make Technology Guru’s and BIM Director’s.

If you would like more information, please contact Jennifer Lanzetti at 385-528-2984 or email at jennifer@cn3dconstruction.com.

Cn3D Constrution is hiring! Revit MEP Modeler and Interns!

Revit MEP Modeler Position

You will work in a forward-thinking and fun environment modeling in Revit MEP and coordinating in Navisworks/BIM 360 Gue. Cn3D is hiring a full-time Revit MEP Modeler to create Mechanical HVAC, DWV, Mechanical Pipe, Plumbing, Process Pipe and Electrical BIMs.

The full-time position applicant must be proficient in Revit MEP, or have the capacity to learn software very quickly from previous CAD software experience. BIM is disrupting the workflows of architects, engineers and contractors; so patience and a passion for BIM are a must. We are sincere about the use of BIM in the industry and are advocates for our clients.  Along with creating BIMs you will attend coordination meetings, support space for our trades interstitially, collaborate with other disciplines and aid in the creation of Revit families as needed.

Requirements:

  • 3-5 years Revit MEP experience
  • Design/Construction degree is preferred but not necessary

Benefits include:

  • Healthcare Coverage
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacation
  • Competitive wages
  • Flexible hours
  • Training programs
  • Professional mentoring

Salary: DOE

Please send your resume and cover letter to Jennifer Lanzetti at jennifer@cn3dconstruction.com. Call 385-528-2984 with questions.

BIM Intern Positions

You will work in a forward-thinking and fun environment modeling in Revit MEP and coordinating in Navisworks/BIM 360 Glue. Cn3D is hiring part-time interns to create Mechanical HVAC, DWV, Mechanical Pipe, Plumbing, Process Pipe and Electrical BIMs.

The part-time positions are open to applicants that are currently enrolled in a design/construction college program. Some Revit experience is required. Cn3D Construction is willing to continue training the right applicant. Salary for an intern starts between $13-$15 an hour. After graduation there are plenty of advancement opportunities.

Requirements:

  • 1-2 years Revit MEP experience
  • Currently enrolled in a Design/Construction college program
  • Available a minimum of 20 hours a week between 8 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday

Benefits include:

  • Competitive wages
  • Flexible hours
  • Training programs
  • Professional mentoring

Please send your resume and cover letter to Jennifer Lanzetti at jennifer@cn3dconstruction.com. Call 385-528-2984 with questions.

Cn3D Team Expands! Welcome Nikki Divers!

Salt Lake City, Utah, July 18, 2016– Cn3D Construction has hired Nikki Divers as their new BIM Project Manager! We are excited to have her join the team and expand our services and reach across the US.

Nikki Taylor

Nikki comes to Cn3D with an extensive electrical background. She started in the electrical industry in 2009 as a residential electrician. After experiencing projects in the commercial sector, she decided to attend Salt Lake Community College (as well as the IEC of Utah) to complete her 4-year electrical apprenticeship in the evening while working full time as an electrician during the day. During all of these endeavors Nikki became aware of the power of the 3D technologies and took as many AutoCAD, Revit and Navisworks as she could and immersed herself in these programs.

Her career has consisted of being an Onsite Expeditor, Electrician, Robotic Total Station Operator, Layout Manager as well as a leading member of a Virtual Design for Construction team. At Cn3D Nikki will be a project manager overseeing BIM on projects as well as training subcontractors in using robotic total stations to take BIM to the next level in the field.

When Nikki is not on a jobsite or modeling, you can find her hiking in the Uinta Mountains or skiing the Wasatch back. She also spends lots of time planning her next adventure to New Zealand with her family. You can contact Nikki at nikki@cn3dconstruction.com. Welcome her to the team!

Cn3D Construction is committed to assisting the AECO industry in the adoption of construction technology and BIM. We add more tools to your arsenal, protecting your profits and relationships; mitigating the risk that is present on every job.

Project delivery methods are changing, lean construction is more than a class in school and the cloud is dominating computing. Add BIM to the big picture and there is a lot changing; it’s time to adjust your business model. We know just how to help you adopt, implement and integrate.

Although we do offer construction technology and BIM services, training your employees is our top priority. They are your greatest asset and we think there is no better way to reward them than promotion from within. We make Technology Guru’s and BIM Director’s.

If you would like more information, please contact Jennifer Lanzetti at 385-528-2984 or email at jennifer@cn3dconstruction.com.

Submittal Tracking with BIM

MEPF Equipment is one of the biggest changes a project undergoes from design intent construction documents to field install shop drawings. Keeping track of the three stages of submittals is critical to proper spatial coordination.

To help in this endeavor, Cn3D Construction has developed a 3D submittal tracking process to make sure every light, panel, AHU, pump and so on is tracked properly ensuring that the space designed is adequate to house all the necessary systems.

Three stages of submittals

1. NO SUBMITTAL

When Cn3D first receives a mechanical and electrical model, we add a generic clearance around all of the equipment and place a large X signifying we have not received a submittal on this equipment yet.

MECHANICAL VAV

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–       Generic VAV per the construction documents.

ELECTRICAL ROOM

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–        Generic electrical room layout per the construction documents.

2. UNAPPROVED SUBMITTAL

After Cn3D receives the unapproved copy of the submittal from our client, we adjust the size and clearance on all the equipment in the model and place a large X with the word UNAPPROVED. This signifies that we are close to having the correct equipment in the model, but is subject to change.

MECHANICAL VAV

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–       Have adjusted the size and clearance of the VAV per unapproved submittal.

ELECTRICAL ROOM

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–       Have adjusted the size and clearance of the panels and lights per unapproved submittals.

3. APPROVED SUBMITTAL

After Cn3D receives the returned, approved submittal from our client we remove the X’s from said equipment and are able to move forward with assurance that the coordination is accurate.

MECHANICAL VAV

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–       Have adjusted the size and clearance of the VAV per approved submittal.

ELECTRICAL ROOM

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–       Have adjusted the size and clearance of the panels and lights per approved submittals.

As always, we require our clients to review all finished shop drawings and compare with their approved submittals.

This is a big step in the right direction to help the entire team during 3D clashing and coordination. The BIM and MEPF community has made a lot of progress in the virtual planning world; we want to share this advancement as well as hone it to be the best solution possible.

If you are interested in the Revit Family add-ons that make this possible, please contact Adam Alder (adam@cn3dconstruction.com) and Travis Beecher (travis@cn3dconstruction.com).

Cn3D Mission Statement & Core Principles

MISSION STATEMENT

When a business starts, there are necessary steps to survive. Some tasks take the back seat while the foundation is laid; and some things are better done as a team, rather than a principal bubble. Cn3D Construction has passed their 2-year mark, and we thought what better time than to publish our Mission Statement. We are grateful for our clients; because of you, we have a mission!

Cn3D Construction exists to serve our clients and provide value by using the latest construction design technology and embracing virtual communication in the age of ecommerce; making your projects easier and less expensive to build.

CORE PRINCIPLES

Cn3D Construction is a company of individuals. We don’t rally behind the owners, we rally behind our mission and principles. We find ourselves fortunate to be part of the design and construction industry. It is the most important industry in the world. We build our planet. You can’t have an educational industry, without schools; a finance industry, without banks; an entertainment industry, without a venue or the cloud, without data centers.

Cn3D Construction is a company of individuals that:

  • Provide value foremost
    • Regardless of our deliverables the utmost deliverable is value to your organization.
  • Have no boundaries
    • We provide services and training in our own backyard and internationally.
  • Evolve and adapt
    • We embrace innovation and help you navigate what trends are right for you.
  • Communicate
    • Communication is how we understand your needs, explain our work and involve the entire team.
  • Put your needs first
    • After all, it is your project and meeting your needs is what gets the job done well.
  • Educate
    • We share our expertise with you through training and through service.
  • Are well-rounded
    • Our experience ranges from construction superintendents to software experts.

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Top Questions to Ask Software Companies

In today’s built industry you need a tactical and technical advantage. As anyone who has decided to engage in the technical side, you’ve experienced the woes of software purchase. Software is like the Wizard of Oz, there is always a person behind the curtains. Find that person and ask them these questions before you leap.

1)  How long have you been in business?

The first one is a softball but still important. This will give you an idea if it is a start-up and the longevity you can expect. Adopting and implementing a new program in your office takes time and resources. It would be a great loss for the company you signed up with was not around the next year. Also ask if they are currently engaging in an acquisition negotiation. Many large companies purchase successful, smaller companies to either use their programs or eliminate them as competition.

2)  How many customers do you lose a month/year?

Getting an honest answer to this question sets the stage to how they will answer your other questions. This is a sensitive topic, but valuable for you to know. The average monthly churn rate (customers leaving) for cloud based software is 2% to 4%. If they come back with 5% or more, something is not right. While you are on the subject, go ahead and ask what their customer satisfaction rate is (95% is reasonable) and ask how they substantiate this information.

3)  What determines the software price?

Is it Per Seat, Per Concurrent User, Per Job or Enterprise License? It is ideal if they offer you a choice. The two most popular ways are Per Seat or Enterprise License. Per Seat is determined by how many total users in your business will be using the software. Per Concurrent User is based on a set amount of users that can access the software at one time (the program can be installed on 20 machines but only a maximum of 5 people can use the system at a time.) Per Job is usually an unlimited amount of users per project. An Enterprise License is usually calculated by your total revenue; giving everyone in your company access anytime for an unlimited amount of jobs.

4)  When I call technical support, who will I talk to?

Will you have to leave a voicemail, is there a dedicated person assigned to your account, is there online chat support or are they outsourced to a different country? The best answer is you have a team of specialists who take notes with each call you place. The next person you reach in an ongoing issue can read the notes and be caught up quickly. Software systems for this industry shouldn’t be so difficult that only one person knows your set up, or could help you.

5)  What types of on-site services and training are included in the purchase?

On-site trainings are ideal, but not always possible. Certainly find out if training comes free with your purchase or if it is additional. If it is additional, consider that when comparing against other companies. I believe if a company convinces you to try their product, the least they can do is teach you how to use it. Ensure that both service and support are built into your contract before purchasing. Beware that this is the area where companies make most of their profit.

6)  Is there a guarantee of satisfaction with their software?

What if you do not like it! Sometimes unsatisfied users will expect a refund after deciding that it is not what they want. Once the software company receives payment for software, it can take next to a miracle to get a refund of any kind. Prior to purchasing, be sure to find out their return policy and number of days that you can have the software in your hands and still be able to receive a full or partial refund. Do however, give the software a chance. New and Change cause emotional reactions. Give the software 6 months to a year before hasty decisions are made. Most products are SAAS (Software as a Service) so signing up for 6 months or 1 year is possible.

7)  Have you been involved with lawsuits?

Depending on how deep you want to go, this question is more about how they answer it. They know that lawsuits (not mediations however) are available for public record and you CAN find this information out. Make sure to ask if they have ever filed a suit against a builder or if a builder has ever filed suit against them. The reasons behind this could be revealing.

8)  How many hours per month is your system down?

Remember that ALL systems go down sometime. Ideally for not very long and not very often.  The average is one hour per year. If they don’t know, they are either not well trained or not honest. At the very least, he or she should be able to say, “I don’t know, but I can find out for you”. The bottom line is it better not be much more than an hour per year. If they are not stable, you won’t be either.

9)  Do you turn down, or not accept, customers, and if so, why?

You might think nobody wants to admit they turn down customers, but they do. They should, and you should too for the right reasons. If the software company says no, that would concern me. Especially software companies that have a product that fits a certain mold; detouring away from that mold is only going to cause grief and unhappy customers. If they say yes, then they are honest. If they tell you who, what type or why, you can more accurately determine if there is a match for you or not.

10)  What are your 2 primary user functions?

Every company has and knows who their target market is. If they tell you broad terms such as, “for builders”, this is substandard. The roles are who the system was designed to serve. You can’t be everything to everyone and be great at it. Try and steer clear of software systems that fit specific positions (project managers, superintendents) and focus on detailed answers like ‘medium-sized commercial construction contractors’ or ‘small volume remodelers’.

11)  What is your ratio of sales people to support people?

“What is your ratio of sales people to support?” “They will likely tell you “A lot” or “You will never have to wait on hold”. If you think about it, a lot of support people is not a good sign. Why do you need so many support people? Why are they answering so many support questions? Is it hard to find answers or worse, it is not an intelligently designed software system in the first place. A ratio of 1 to 1 is great, even 1 to 2 is okay, but if it is 1 to 3 or worse, that is probably not acceptable.

12)  In an effort to meet your business needs how customizable is the system?

Perhaps you have a set way to draft your RFIs or Submittals Logs, can you alter the software to fit what works for you? The main reason for software is to get certain systems set in place so everyone executes a process the same way. But it is important that it is your way.

It will likely cost a little extra to customize software, so consider if you can change your set way of doing things. If not, customizations to the software should be no more than a 1/3 of the price of the software. Never forget that many times software companies will negotiate with you on customization.

13)  Will You Price Match Your Competition?

You actually do not want them to do this. Think about if someone asked you to do the same. You are not like an Audi dealership across town that is selling the same exact unit. In the case of software, there is no such thing as apples to apples. If your software company is racing to the bottom, is that a company you want to do business with? If you as a builder cannot adequately defend your price, you may have some issues. So do software companies.

If the sales person is an amateur, they will say “Yes”. If they are more experienced, but still not very good, they will say, “I will find out”. Only if they know they do not have to match their competition and they know (and they should know) they are providing more value than their competition, can they honestly and with integrity answer you, “No, we don’t price match our competition, but there are some very good reasons for that. May I elaborate?”

This does not mean you can’t ask for their best deal. Many software companies have affiliation pricing, show specials or something to discuss.

14)  How often do you roll out new features?

As a built industry professional, you are their best resource. What you need the software to do is exactly what it should. So knowing how often features are tested and rolled out is a good question. Is it monthly, quarterly or annually? The amateur sales person responds, “All the time”. Wrong answer. If there are that many new things that need to be added, I’d venture the original design was not very intelligent. If they are coming out with a release every few months, that is okay. Keep in mind that new features mean additional training for your staff. Have a system in place so when new features do come out, you can disseminate the information quickly to your team without overwhelming them.

15)  What are the typical hurdles that you can expect with your planned installation?

No matter what version the software is currently in, the software company should be well aware of some hurdles you may encounter during install. There should be plenty of documentation covering issues users encounter and be available to you.  If not, they aren’t paying enough attention. Keep in mind that the issues should be operator error in nature; if there are bugs they should be in the process of being resolved.

Inspired by Eric Cofield and Brett Johnson

Compiled and edited by Jennifer Lanzetti