Lord Corporation, Cary, NC
Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh, NC
Sheraton Oceanfront, Virginia Beach, VA
Nature Research Center, Raleigh, NC
Last week in our Company Spotlight blog series, we featured a company-wide deployment with HESS Construction + Engineering Services, with offices in Richmond, VA and Gaithersburg, MD. HESS Construction + Engineering Services manages the planning, design, building and improvement of innovative learning institutions.
This week, we’re spotlighting Clancy & Theys Construction Company, a general contractor and construction manager. The company builds commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings, and specializes in team approaches to design and construction including Construction Management-at-Risk, Team-Build and Partnering. Clancy & Theys Construction Company is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. and has division offices in Newport News, Va.; Wilmington, N.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Orlando, Fla.
Noteworthy 2011 rankings for Clancy & Theys Construction Company include:
Business North Carolina
- 21st largest North Carolina Private Corporation
Engineering News-Record (ENR)
- 76th largest Green Contractor
- 95th largest Construction Manager at-Risk
- 211th largest U.S. General Contractor
Building Design + Construction (BD+C)
- 53rd largest U.S. Contractor
- 45th largest BIM Contractor
- 46th largest Green Contractor
- 8th largest contractor for Cultural projects
- 27th largest Multi-Family Contractor
- 31st largest Office Contractor
- 39th largest Contractor of Hotels, Motels, and Convention Centers
- 54th largest Commercial Contractor
“Clancy & Theys was founded in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1949 by brothers-in-law E.I. Clancy and John Theys. The company’s reputation was built by taking on demanding projects, and by holding to traditional values of fairness, integrity, and superior workmanship. During the last 10 years, the company has maintained a mix of public and private contracts, and emerged as one of the nation’s largest providers of Construction Manager at-Risk services and Green/LEED construction projects.
Clancy & Theys has embraced Vela Field Management to become even more nimble and responsive in its communication from the field and the point of construction. We use it to promote systematic approaches to quality, safety, and commissioning. It has been an enormous benefit in promoting collaboration and managed communication with all of our project stakeholders. Vela Field Management programs also mesh with BIM to help drive superior workmanship and efficient coordination. It has quickly become an essential tool for us. ”
--Scott Cutler, Vice President, Clancy & Theys Construction Company
Unlocking new efficiencies in field management programs and processes, such as quality (QA/QC), safety, transmission of documents and RFIs, commissioning, handover, and BIM on the job site, Clancy & Theys Construction Company adopted Vela Field Management (VFM) software company-wide to:
- Deliver demanding projects successfully, efficiently and profitably, on time, within budget, and to the contracted level of quality with superior workmanship, through a field management program for quality.
- Share critical field information from the job site to the job trailer and the home office, with project partners, team members, and trade contractors, in a collaborative approach as part of team-based delivery systems.
- Ensure fair and competitive pricing amidst increasing market demands and owner requirements, by gaining new efficiencies from the field.
- Gain real-time visibility into company, project, team and trade partner performance through dashboard analytics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), to improve decision-making from the office to the jobsite.
- Drive quality and safety standards of care across all projects to optimize delivery, minimize risk, and prevent construction defects and safety incidents.
Stay tuned for another Vela Company Spotlight…
It was exciting to find out that Apple has been working on their own demo video of Vela Systems on the iPad for its iTunes video podcast area that features all sorts of how-to videos. This section of iTunes is focused on providing guidance to business users on how to use the iPad for their own particular processes. In our case, the demo video is about construction and called “Manage Your Construction Punch List.” Check it out on iTunes.
We had been talking with Apple about this for a few months now. As you may have heard, they can be pretty secretive so I was never actually told what, if anything, would come from us sharing a mixture of customer case studies, the Vela Mobile iPad App, and a few of our own product demos.
In their demo video, they go through a variety of aspects of the Vela Mobile iPad App, including checklists, equipment, viewing plans, marking up photos and more. In the classic Apple demo fashion, they demo the app live on an Apple white background. The demo nicely illustrates the speed of the application and some cool visual elements like moving pushpins on a plan. The demo is missing our Field BIM-Interactive capabilities, but you can see that separately here in a video I created.
Tell us what you think about the Apple version of the demo!
Fiatech Technology Webinar:
Tuesday, May 22nd from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST
Following up from an exciting and engaging Fiatech conference in Miami, and winning the celebrated Fiatech CETI Award with Skanska USA Building for groundbreaking use of field management software in construction project delivery, here’s a webinar that Fiatech is hosting with Skanska USA Building and Vela Systems. Here are the details:
Hosted by: Fiatech
Webinar: The ROI of BIM, Vela Systems Field Management Software and iPads
Date: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT
Presented by: Will Senner, Assistant Project Manager, Skanska USA Building
In cooperation with: Vela Systems
PDH Units: 1.0
Reserve for this live webinar and earn 1.0 PDH >
The Hunt Library project at NC State University in Raleigh, NC was a 250,000 sf steel frame facility and the "Signature Project" for NCSU Centennial Campus. Not a traditional library, it included no stacks – all books are stored in an automated storage and retrieval system in the basement. Complex features included a chilled Beam/Radiant Panel system for heating/cooling, a custom unitized curtainwall Skin (99% of projects on campus are brick), and pursuit of LEED Silver. The project was also unique in that it received a Skanska Innovation Grant to study the cost-benefit of BIM and field management tools like Vela Systems software on iPads. Skanska partnered with the NCSU's Engineering School and produced one of the most detailed ROI models to date of the use of these technologies.
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I’m excited to be presenting at the Boston BIM Collaborative – BIM in the Cloud event at The Plumbing Museum in Watertown, MA, in cooperation with representatives from J.C. Cannistraro, LLC and Autodesk! The focus topic is “BIM in the Cloud,” including programs and solutions for Field BIM on iPads, out in the field and on the jobsite, at the point-of-construction and at the point-of-operation.
The moderator, speakers and attendees aim to discuss, debate and perhaps debunk some of the challenges around BIM, the cloud, and the field, and highlight the tremendous value they have to offer for owners, contractors, trade contractors, architects, engineers, and other stakeholders. Here are the details:
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: The Plumbing Museum, 80 Rosedale Road, Watertown, MA 02472
- 8:30 AM Breakfast and Networking
- 9:00 AM Panel Discussion
- 10:00 AM Open Forum
- 10:30 AM Adjourn
Some of the topics will include:
See you there!
The Boston BIM Collaborative is a group of construction professionals that are passionate about Building Information Modeling. The collaborative is an interest group of the BuildingSMART Alliance and holds monthly meetings to discuss industry best practices and the latest innovations in construction technology. Using our shared knowledge, experience and resources, our mission is to promote collaboration and improve construction processes through BIM-enabled technology.
Following up from the “Owners’ Expectations Today” event hosted by the AGC of Massachusetts, The Association of Commercial & Institutional Builders, themes and points discussed and debated by the owners, owner representatives, contractors, architects, engineers, other service providers and the attendees in general included diverse topics, across a broad spectrum from strategic stances to operational issues. Here are some of the key themes and salient points:
- Flexibility and agility are critical to owner organizations and contractors serving owners, in part due to the recent economic turbulence, the sensitivity to economic recovery, and the changing regulatory environment.
- Economic outlooks are increasingly optimistic, but the need to control internal spending continues to strongly influence the internal decision-making processes at all levels.
- Leading non-profit and for-profit healthcare owners are readily adopting a new stance of both proactive and reactive measures toward real estate, design and construction decisions.
- Some healthcare owners utilize real estate, design and construction solely to support the core business, as opposed to other types of owners who also leverage facilities for investment purposes.
- For contractors, architects, engineers, owner’s representatives, and other service providers, understanding an owner’s strategy and mission, related to business drivers and inner workings is critical to winning new work.
- New, adaptive guidelines versus established, stringent standards are driving new processes in design and construction management, changing the way owners traditionally do business.
- Owners continue to develop partnerships with select groups of contractors, architects, engineers, owner’s representatives, and other service providers, with proven track records on similar projects.
- Light renovations, retrofits and repairs present one, increasingly prevalent alternative to address short and mid-term strategies, whereas master planning and relocations help replenish assets in the long-term.
- Price is important but best value contracting coupled with qualitative decision-making helps to manage risk and avoid adverse outcomes both during construction and ongoing operations and maintenance.
- Peer-to-peer communication is helping healthcare and other owners share best practices, drive industry standards, and increase value to shareholders, subscribers, occupants, and the public.
More to come next week…
WEBINAR: Field Management from and Owner's Perspective
Why a Major Healthcare Owner is driving the use of iPads, Vela Systems software and Building Information Modeling (BIM)