Looking Back: A Decade of Building Information Modeling


In 2006, when the meaning of the now ubiquitous acronym “BIM” was still a mystery to many in the A/E/C community, O&N was in the midst of completing a full transition from CAD (Computer-Aided Design) to BIM (Building Information Modeling). The embrace of technology has always been at the heart of O’Donnell & Naccarato’s project approach and firm philosophy. Even from the earliest days of adoption, the power of BIM was clear – an unparalleled level of sophistication in documentation, as well as real-time clash detection with project partners, stakeholders, and facilities managers.

In-house BIM Training Session

Now ten years on, O&N has amassed more than 30 million square feet of BIM structures to its credit. Members of the O&N design team have lectured nationally on the benefits of Building Information Modeling technology and have personally contributed to the development of the benchmark BIM software, Autodesk Revit. As the next generation of millennial structural engineers become increasingly integral to the firm’s design process, O’Donnell & Naccarato continues to invest in its capabilities. The firm has developed a culture of education based around in-house training and mentorship, all while keeping an eye on the horizon for the next disruptive technology to advance the way the world designs its structures.

O'Donnell & Naccarato Building Information Modeling Technology

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