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Employee Spotlight: Kirk Wilson

Kirk Wilson is currently Bruner’s Computer-Aided Design (CAD)/ Building Information Modeling (BIM) specialist and has worked for us for 6 years. As a member of the CAD department, his primary responsibilities include conducting and managing BIM/VDC coordination and practices, along with fulfilling other CAD and project presentation needs. Kirk’s favorite part of his job is being able to work on a project team assisting others in order to make the project successful. Additionally throughout the six years that he has been with Bruner, Kirk has always enjoyed seeing buildings and other objects coming to life from an empty piece of land.

When he’s not on the job, Kirk enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and working on home projects. Also in his free time he cheers on the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cleveland Browns. His “absolutely favorite” foods are steak or chicken on the grill. His favorite vacation destinations are Florida and the Caribbean.  His favorite day of the week happens to be Friday, and finally his favorite holiday is the 4th of July.


Excelling with Energy Dashboards

Many software programs come with dashboard features these days, and many facilities professionals fail to use this feature to the fullest potential.

What are dashboards, anyway?

Dashboards are a great way to turn raw data into actionable, presentable information that’s easy to share with others. The visualization dashboards provide can also be particularly effective and useful for tying several sets of data together and better impacting you bottom line.

Why should I, as a facility manager, use dashboards?

I’m sure you know that facilities are not perfect when it comes to operations and processes. Constant improvement and maintenance is necessary. Dashboards provide you with additional insight into the processes of your building, which in turn allow you to uncover new ways to make your facility run more efficiently.

What’s so special about dashboards?

The availability of intelligent instrumentation enable facility managers to extract much richer facility operational data than in the past. In the past, you may have integrated your data in a spreadsheet, and that spreadsheet may have even contained some pattern and trend visualizations thanks to spreadsheet tools. However, today’s dashboards take this visualization to the next level. Now you’re able to include multi-dimensional charts, time-series charts, gauges, and other displays, which make it easier for your audience to focus on key performance indicators.

Bruner Makes List of Top gridSMART Solution Providers

AEP Ohio’s gridSMART program proved greatly beneficial to our customers in the year 2011. Bruner submitted 60 rebate applications and earned our customers more than $300,000 in incentives. We look forward to topping those numbers in the year 2012!

gridSMART Solution Provider Infographic

Advantages of Prefabrication Date Back to Ancient Times

The process of prefabrication has been around since ancient times. It is believed that as early as the 3800s BC a roadway known as the “Sweet Track” was built in Somerset Levels, England, using prefabricated sections of Ash, Oak and Lime trees. Today, prefabrication is used in engineering across many disciplines, including mechanical and civil engineering.

At Bruner, we often prefabricate materials at our location in Hilliard, Ohio, prior to delivering them to any given job site. To learn more about the advantages of prefabrication, watch the video below.

A Brief Look into the History of BIM Technology

Building information modeling (BIM) made its debut in the AEC industry in 1987 in software company Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD program under a different name – virtual building. Building industry strategist Phil Bernstein was the first to use the actual term “BIM” while working for Autodesk, an American multinational corporation that focuses on 3D design software.

AEC industry analyst Jerry Laiserin helped popularize and standardize the term BIM as a common name for the digital representation of the building process. Laiserin argued, “‘building information modeling,’ as a description of the next generation of design software, seems to me to come closer to the winning characteristics evidenced by ‘CAD’ for its generation of tools—specific enough to evoke reasonably clear, common meanings, yet broad enough to encompass a diversity of commercial and technological approaches. The only fly in the ointment is that Autodesk has been using the term for the last few months to describe their building industry strategy.” Before deciding upon the name “BIM,” other possibilities included: single building model, virtual building model, integrated project modeling, and project lifecycle management.

Today, BIM technology can be found in the AEC industry across the world. In Canada, the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) is responsible for leading and facilitating all of the coordinated use of BIM technology in the Canadian construction environment. In the UK, the Construction Project Information Committee is, “responsible for providing best practice guidance on the content, form and preparation of construction production information, and making sure this best practice is disseminated throughout the UK construction industry.” As a committee, they proposed a definition of Building Information Modeling for adoption throughout the UK construction industry. Several groups – including the FFB ((Fédération française du bâtiment) and the French branch of buildingSMART – are pushing for a more integrated adoption of BIM standards in France.

BIM is still relatively new technology in an industry typically slow to adopt change. Early adopters of the technology, though, are confident in BIM’s growth potential.