Assemble Case Study

McCarthy Integrates Assemble on Three Key Projects—Reaching New Levels of Automation with Faster Workflows and Improved Communication

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is leading the way in digital construction innovation. The necessity for improved design phase services and integration with design partners continues to increase in the construction industry, challenging project teams to work together in innovative ways while delivering exceptional client experiences on every project.

To achieve optimal communication in the digital space, it is essential that all project phases integrate seamlessly, ensuring no information is misinterpreted between parties.  Across all McCarthy regions, there is an emphasis on integrating virtual design and construction (VDC) workflows with traditional preconstruction and operational services. This emphasis is aligned with one of McCarthy’s cornerstone business goals: to not only be the best builder in America, but to also be the best Integrated Virtual Builder (IVB) in America. At the outset of a project, teams now work to fully define what McCarthy’s Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) processes and building information modeling (BIM) mean. An IVB program is being put in place to integrate these capabilities in a meaningful and lasting way.

As long-time users of Autodesk products, McCarthy’s focus is on refining the details of its workflows to optimize every aspect of a construction project. In the pre-construction phase, teams were finding that project estimators spent too much time accessing model files, pricing out the models, and returning the files to project owners for review. During the construction phase, McCarthy wanted to address change management inefficiencies for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems—a common challenge in the industry. When it became possible to integrate Assemble with existing Autodesk tools, McCarthy teams found the answer they were looking for to effectively communicate between multiple stakeholders while saving time across the project phases.

“Our design teams that rolled this out have come back to us asking to work with us again on design-build in the future. They felt very comfortable with that transparency. So, it’s not just project owners that are happy with this Assemble integration. Our design teams are coming back to us and saying, ‘Let’s do this again.”

Connor Burke
Southern California, McCarthy

“It’s useful because all the information is available into the same suite of products that everybody is using which helps facilitate the design development. Whereas before, information was fragmented and went into silos. Now we have more people brought in together, creating a more centralized base of information.”

Randall Natsch
Northern Pacific, McCarthy

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