Leverage Drafting to Deliver Projects On Time

At the heart of any successful HVAC project is a consistently documented plan informing manufacture and construction

2 Apr 2014
 

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Operating practices of the AE Smith drafting team have been designed around the end goal – delivering projects on time. They encompass: Knowledge through People; Knowledge through Technology; and Service

At AE Smith, this responsibility falls to a team of 40 draftsmen and women located around the country. Their remit spans from delivering traditional mechanical and electrical services drafting, right through to detailing and programming works on large complex projects such as the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital turnkey trigeneration power plant in Queensland.

Operating practices of the AE Smith drafting team have been designed around the end goal – delivering projects on time. They encompass:

Knowledge through People;
Knowledge through Technology; and
Service.

Knowledge through People

“Our objective is uniformity in the way we draft. Uniformity equals consistency, which removes error and creates efficiencies in time,” says Gary Salkowski, AE Smith Construction Drafting Manager in Victoria. “To achieve uniformity, we share knowledge across the team nationally and across projects.”

AE Smith draftspersons are exposed to numerous types of projects, both in complexity, type and industry.

“We can move our people across projects as needed because we are constantly building capability,” says Gary. “This way, projects are never slowed down because of resource constraints.”

Senior members of the team with more than 30 years of experience actively train mid and junior staff so every project benefits from the collective knowledge earned throughout AE Smith’s lengthy history.

“We also make sure the junior members of the team contribute back the other way, particularly in sharing their natural instincts for technology literacy,” said Gary.

Knowledge through Technology

At AE Smith, technology is used to deliver end-to-end drafting. Continual and significant investment in tools and training leverages advances in software and progresses the move towards Business Information Modelling (BIM) within the construction industry.

The AE Smith drafting team is taking on an ever-greater role in the management and coordination of all trades via BIM. All projects are resourced with draftspersons competent in the software platforms AutoCAD®, FABmep®, Navisworks® and Revit®.

“BIM delivers productivity through better processes. The ‘I’ is Information, it’s also Intelligence,” explains Gary. “Select AE Smith personnel are now using Trimble® to better aid their processes, which means they have the ability to access model data onsite via electronic tablet. This further increases accuracy and speeds up communication,” says Gary.

The drafting team is experienced in drafting for prefabrication were a computer rated model is then delivered to manufacturers.

“We are able to build a file that is correct and current in every shape and form, down to the last screw,” says Gary.

Service

“It comes back to everyone working towards the same goal – getting the project delivered on time,” said Gary.

That’s why the drafting team focuses on delivering a positive service experience and collaboratively with engineers, consultants and architects.

“Having a cross-skilled team and a culture of knowledge sharing means that when there is a problem, we have the experience and process to solve it,” concluded Gary.