National Architecture Week: Architecture & Technology

Do more with less. Work smarter, not harder. This may be cliche but they are tenets we take to heart. And when we encounter problems that don’t have an available solution, we make one.

For more than 30 years, BVH has had the privilege of working on the Nebraska State Capitol in various capacities, helping to restore and preserve Nebraska’s most iconic building, and the enduring symbol of its statehood. A few years ago, we embarked on a new project to renovate and replace the building’s HVAC systems. One of the first tasks of the design phase included field work, investigation, and detailed survey of each of the 1,365 rooms and 1,191 windows.  

It quickly became apparent that the tools used for facility audits – reams of paper, clipboards, scrawled notes, and unlabeled cell phone photos – were not going to cut it with a project of this size, with a team that included many partners, individuals, and teams. We decided that there must be a technological solution that would help us gather and organize this data while also tying it into the BIM model.

The quest for a tool ultimately turned into the Layer app. Layer is a flexible and accessible project management tool for design, construction, and building management professionals.

It has the ability to layer contextual data on top of the existing BIM model, organizing and curating all of the information gathered during the assessment and documentation process. Perhaps most importantly of all, the app is adaptable in the field, allowing for individual and unique parameter additions and revisions in real time. Layer integrates with Revit, allowing it to link directly to the BIM model and allows for the parameters housed within each digital tool to be readily accessed.

Welcome to Layer from Layer App on Vimeo.

The Layer app is changing the way we work. Launched to the public in April 2019, Layer is available and downloadable for all teams who want to learn how to make their projects and processes efficient.

But don’t take our word for it; sign up for a free trial today.