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BIM Tools Enable the Creation of Turner City

BIM Tools Enable the Creation of Turner City

PRESS RELEASE | March 3, 2015

MARCH 3, 2015 - Turner brings new dimension to company tradition as employees create Turner City 2014 utilizing Building Information Modeling tools.

Turner Construction Company is pleased to announce the release of Turner City 2014.

The company has produced Turner City – a city made up of major projects completed by Turner in a given year – since 1910. For 2014, the company created the city in-house with Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology.

Ben Ferrer, BIM manager, said, “It’s exciting to take part in something that is such a wonderful tradition, something everyone looks forward to. Seeing your project in Turner City is a really proud moment.” The 2014 Turner City includes projects located in 82 cities in eight countries in North America, Europe and the Middle East. 

Touching on what is unique about this digital version, Ferrer explained, “We’ve added an incredible amount of detail and the city is more interactive than ever before. We can fly through and explore in many different ways. We can create 3D prints from the models. There are a lot of possibilities.” In addition, someone exploring Turner City 2014 on the company’s website will note a selection of projects completed by the company’s Interiors and Special Projects Divisions. 

We can fly through and explore in many different ways. We can create 3D prints from the models. There are a lot of possibilities
— Ben Ferrer, BIM Manager, Turner

The utilization of BIM to create Turner City exemplifies Turner’s commitment to continuous improvement and embracing new technologies while honoring the history of innovation and the traditions that have set the company apart for 113 years. The modernized Turner City reflects the progress of the projects it comprises: the City includes sustainable buildings certified as LEED Platinum, Gold and Silver by the U. S. Green Building Council and approximately $5 billion of projects implemented lean practices and utilized BIM for trade coordination or other project functions.

The company views the application of BIM technology tools as a piece of larger process. “We leverage these tools as part of a lean framework that focuses on collaboration, continuous improvement, and maximizing customer value,” said Jim Barrett, vice president and chief innovation officer. He added, “Part of that process of continuous improvement has to do with developing new technology tools, but it also has to do with finding new and creative ways to use the technology we have. The BIM approach to Turner City is a great example of how we can take a technology that has become an industry standard and apply it in unique way to create new value.”

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