As a leader in our industry, we are always looking for additional ways to set ourselves apart and bring quality and savings to our customers. Our approach to achieve this goal is to build prefabricated assemblies in our prefab shop. Huston evaluates each project on a case-by-case basis looking for the most efficient and effective way to incorporate prefabrication. Building assemblies in the Huston Electric’s prefab shop gains you a better built product as they are built in a controlled area under the supervision of a 20+ year experienced Journeyman of the IBEW.
BIM & Prefab
Prefabrication is enhanced at Huston Electric by its BIM processes. BIM (Building Information Modeling) allows contractors to share project models and coordinate planning, ensuring all trades have insight into the project. BIM can improve a contractor’s prefab system and design. It greatly helps to avoid onsite work clashes that could lessen profitability. When all of the trades work together in a 3D model to avoid onsite work clashes it improves the contractor’s installation time and constructability. A BIM design allows for easy installation because the entirety of each contractors’ routing is pre-determined before the building process begins. This gives us the ability to prefabricate because it allows contractors to theoretically pre-assemble an entire structure’s distribution framework from its three-dimensional drawings. The data that can be extracted from BIM allows the contractor to prefab all the essential segments for the project. With the three-dimensional model you are guaranteed that the conveyance and installations are precise.
BIM has enhanced the ability to prefabricate electrical assemblies for installation. The greatest value from the BIM model is the ability to visualize the system in 3-D. Using the visualization capabilities of the BIM model allows detailers to group the electrical components and determine suitable assemblies for prefabrication. This process is more beneficial than using traditional hand or 2-D CAD drawings. In addition, the electronic BIM model document’s dimensions can be validated much easier. This increases the accuracy and confidence that everything is done right the first time.
What can be prefabricated?
Electrical construction overall is vast and there are so many ways that you can approach prefabrication. This includes but is not limited to device assemblies; whether it be lighting, power, or even telecom; strut racks, conduit bends/assemblies, pre-wired panel boards, wire spooling and even finishing trim kits. The abilities with prefabrication are ever-growing and will continue to do so with new products hitting the market to make prefabrication easier.
Huston Electric is Powering Prefab Innovation!