What do you do for Quality Buildings?

I am the Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) Manager, I oversee all of our prefabricated wall panel shop drawing designs. I take the architectural and structural drawings and create an overlay of the 2 sets of design documents to create a full 3D model of the building.

What is the Importance of VDC?

We can detect errors on the design documents before they become issues that delay the project onsite. The goal of our VDC process is to make things simple for our shop production and field install. We are also a source of information for our customers and alert them to areas of potential design and/or code conflicts.

What’s the Process?

Our VDC process has several steps before the prefab walls can be released for production to our manufacturing department. We are the first step of the operations after a project is awarded to QB.

The process starts by verifying we have the latest set of construction drawings, submitting any RFIs for major issues, and requesting ROs for any doors, windows, etc. that need to be incorporated into the wall panel designs.

On a lot projects we work with the general contractor’s BIM team to coordinate the MEP/HVAC systems to work with the framing plan as designed in the project documents and verifying those systems work with the structural elements of the project.

The final step once everything is coordinated is sequencing the install so that manufacturing produces the walls as per the sequence of the project and release the designs to the shop for production.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?

Problem solving. I love problem solving, and I get the opportunity to do that on a daily basis. It’s one thing to just see an issue, but it’s something else to be able to come up with a solution to fix the problem that serves the need of the customer and makes the job easier for our field crews during install.

Can you share a project that was particularly rewarding?

On one project we built 220 townhomes in 52 buildings plus a clubhouse. There were repetitive models with a lot of issues and we spent a lot of time making them workable. Stairs didn’t fit as per code requirements, rooms with wrong dimensions, so in certain aspects of the job it felt like we did it from scratch. It was a very frustrating project, but in the end it was very rewarding to see that we could identify the issues and come up with solutions making the project buildable with very few delays during the actual onsite construction.

 

Fun fact: He likes to play bass guitar!

He also loves being a dad and spending time with his kids, and watching/playing sports. His favorite sport to watch is hockey.