Erland has been providing coordination services based on 2-dimensional drawings for many years. Three-dimensional Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a more powerful tool for detecting system clashes and mitigating other risks in the construction process.
Again serving as the clearinghouse, our coordinators can integrate 3-dimentional models from the Architect and each of the subcontractors into a single digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of the composite building. This model can be viewed in various cross sections to assist in developing construction logistics and sequencing plans. It can head off potential problems, such as not leaving enough clearance to access a piece of installed equipment for future maintenance. And, when the project is completed, the model can serve as a comprehensive record of as-builts to help with ongoing building management.
Coordinating all the design disciplines and making a building come together requires an all-encompassing view of how a building is built. Erland’s Coordination Department provides that view – helping to ensure that a project can be built onsite as well as it is on paper. Through a collaborative approach, we provide a valuable “second set of eyes” that benefit all parties on a project.
During the preconstruction phase, our Project Coordinator performs a drawing review and constructability analysis to confirm that the Architect’s and Owner’s intent can be realized as designed. Any coordination issues found during our review are flagged and followed up on with a Request for Information (RFI) early enough so that modifications can be made before they would become costly change orders during construction phase of the project.
During construction, our Coordination Department serves as the clearinghouse for shop drawings and submittals. Each one is thoroughly checked for dimensional accuracy and conformity with plans and specifications before it is sent to the Architect for approval.
Erland provides laser scanning to secure accurate information about existing onsite conditions in a building we are going to renovate. Laser scans can also be used to detect utilities that are behind the walls, above the ceiling, or below the slab. This can be a critical risk mitigation tool when as-built drawings are not available for a building that is being upgraded or repurposed.
Because the data captured by the laser is digital, Erland can incorporate it into the project’s 3-D BIM model to support coordination. This allows for offsite prefabrication of MEP system components such ductwork, which saves both time and money.
Erland uses this cloud-based construction management software to streamline efficiency and accountability by facilitating project communications and documentation. Project Management and Field staff all use one common tool for document review and control. This supports collaboration and helps to ensure that all team members are working with the most current information, whether they are working on their computer in the office or portable tablet onsite.
We typically recommend a program of remote and onsite mock-ups for aesthetic and functional evaluation of key systems. We work with the Architect to determine the testing requirements for items such as flashings, air and vapor barriers, and roof details. Very often, we bring in a third-party envelope consultant to evaluate methods and materials for constructing the many systems in a building’s exterior envelope.
We demonstrate our commitment to safety through our formal Safety and Health Program that demands a safe and healthy workplace for our employees, subcontractors, clients, and site visitors. Our program provides training in the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of accident-causing conditions and/or actions that may endanger personnel. Training and education include OSHA and industry sponsored programs as well as Erland's own weekly, mandatory onsite Tool Box Talks for subcontractors and employees. Employees are also encouraged to attend seminars sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Associated General Contractors (AGC), and the Massachusetts Safety Council. Each Erland employee is empowered to report and correct any onsite hazards they observe.
Quality construction has been at the root of Erland’s success over the last three decades. Setting standards, communicating expectations, and enforcing performance are all important to achieving desired results. Erland has a formal in-house project quality program that is communicated to our employees and our subcontractors. Peer review teams are charged with monitoring performance and ensuring quality compliance.
"Erland knew that they could not interrupt operations at our 24 hour production facility. They know the building and our staff, and they coordinated power and safety issues in an exceptional manner. Not only did Erland succeed, but we surpassed our production goals."
Andy Crowley, President / Ken's Foods
Erland believes in training as a way to help employees stay current and reach their peak potential. Training programs encompass OSHA 10- and 30-hour programs; CPR and First Aid; Management and Leadership Skills; Communications; and Customer Service. Recent in-house courses have included prep for LEED certification exam, tutorials in building information modeling software, and recent developments in construction means and methods.
OSHA SAFETY TRAINING
All Erland employees are required to attain OSHA 10-Hour Certification. Consistent with that, Erland regularly sponsors OSHA 10-Hour Safety Courses for its employees. The OSHA 30-Hour Safety Course is encouraged for all employees and has been completed by the Safety Director and all Field Superintendents, as well as several others at all levels of the company. In addition, we have personnel with 500-Hour certification that can provide training