The design team at Miller Bonded has been designing in 3D for more than 15 years, drastically improving the construction process by providing fully coordinated shop drawings of the highest quality.
Miller Bonded strives to always be at the forefront of the technological advancements within the mechanical and electrical industries. Every project is detailed in 3D by each respective trade and then coordinated with the structural and architectural elements, as well as the other various trades. This coordination effort is completed prior to fabrication and installation to identify conflicts before they have the opportunity to manifest in the field. The fully coordinated shop drawings are transmitted to all necessary parties for installation of the duct, plumbing, mechanical piping, and electrical systems. In-house, upon completion of the detailing effort, the ductwork and fittings are transmitted electronically to the shop, from the CAD files, for direct download to the fabrication equipment. Throughout the construction of the project Miller Bonded’s detailing department builds 3D virtual models, identifying potential setbacks before construction begins and helping to maintain a strong line of communication with all construction partners through project completion.
BIM – Building Information Modeling
BIM is the way to build.
The process of construction is changing. Tighter deadlines, smaller budgets, increased safety and sustainability needs are driving the construction industry to invent better ways to build. Miller Bonded has been at the forefront of the industry since Building Information Modeling, or BIM, immerged onto the construction scene. BIM is the process of creating and managing all data specific to a building during its lifecycle. From the largest structural elements, to the smallest pipe, or the massive heating and cooling systems in a building – all elements exist virtually in a 3d model before they ever do physically. This process increases the efficacy of the coordination efforts producing an operative tool for managing the construction phase of a project with the ultimate result being a time and cost savings to the entire project team.
With state-of-the-art presentation capabilities, it can be more efficient for owner representation, architects, engineers and trades contractors to meet on a regular basis at Miller Bonded to discuss project coordination.
Better fabrication makes for better buildings. At Miller Bonded the state-of-the-art fabrication facility, advanced computerized equipment and highly skilled employees produce premier duct, pipe and electrical fabrication for projects of any size.
Miller Bonded offers advanced fabrication services to meet the needs of any client with any size project. Using a state-of-the-art 23,000 square foot fabrication facility, we can create galvanized, aluminum, stainless steel and other specialty-metal ductwork. We fabricate both rectangular and spiral duct. Using top-of-the-line equipment, including digitally controlled plasma cutting machines and a computerized coil line allowing direct programming or uploading of files, Miller Bonded processes rolled domestic galvanized domestic mill steel into high quality manufactured ducts and fittings.
In our 16,000 square foot LEED Gold certified pipe fabrication shop we employ the use of our Watts plasma pipe cutter for all of the various pipe patterns, diameters or wall thicknesses a job may require. This cutter in conjunction with our CAD generated spool sheets allows for a more effective fabrication process. Miller Bonded prefabricates items such as water heater skids, mechanical skids and plumbing batteries to maximize time efficiency for the installation process in the field.
Miller Bonded uses state of the art robotic surveying equipment to accurately complete layout based upon our coordination drawings.
Total Station is surveying software and equipment that is used to identify locations of points in the field of where hangers and sleeves go based on triangulation. Once we have coordinated a job using Navisworks and everyone has signed off on the model we begin our next step in the process of conveying this information to the field plumbers, pipefitters, and sheet metal workers. Prior to implementing this process to convey this information we had to complete dimensioned drawings and the field installers would pull measurements with tape measures and set their sleeves or hangers. Now we set points in AutoCAD for our hangers and sleeves based on the locations of the coordinated duct and pipe. Once we have completed locating the points in our coordinated drawings we export the points from AutoCAD using Trimble Field Points software into the Total Station equipment and lay out the points on the deck or slab for the field installers to use. This process requires coordination with the surveyors on the job so we can get the locations of columns and other key points on the site in order to make sure that the information we are producing from our detailing software is going to coincide with the building in the field. The process is very accurate and saves time and labor costs.