What is the difference between BIM & Trilogy’s PMM (Project Management Modeling) Process

Building Information Modeling and Project Management Modeling might be viewed as the same thing, heck they sound kind of similar, right? They have similarities, sure but to put it simply, the main difference between the two is that BIM is for the big guys doing huge multi-million dollar projects, and PMM is BIM plus project management for the rest of us.

 

“BIM is for the big guys, PMM is for the rest of us.”

 

BIM is used for large projects: skyscrapers, bridges, huge multi-family condos in large cities. But there was no residential BIM solution, so we needed to create one ourselves. We had to invent our own process that works for every stakeholder in a project, especially the client, with an added bonus of project management (not an aspect of BIM), and so Project Management Modeling was born.

 

“PMM was born out of a need for a simple client-focused project management tool.”

 

We wanted everyone to be on the same playing field and to serve the client first and foremost.

 

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Project Management Modeling uses a geo-located 3D model of the home or structure to be built that has data of every single element needed to create the model in real life, even down to the interior finishes. We like to say that we build the structure twice, once in the computer and then again in real life. PMM allows us to show clients design details like the tile layout of an entire room in a 3D model as opposed to a piece of tile on a sample board, we vet the structure for build-ability to find issues and fix them before we ever break ground. PMM saves time, saves materials, saves money.

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The PMM model is then used for project management. Framers can put on Virtual Reality glasses to see how the structure is framed, masons look at the model for stone layout, electricians can measure the model to see exactly where their electric box needs to go, plumbers know where to run lines to. All of this equals less supervision time and less mistakes on the job site. Again, cost savings every step of the way with PMM. Our estimating is so precise because every piece of the home or structure is in our PMM model. We estimate down to the last door handle so there are no surprises for our clients.

 

What does PMM do that BIM does not?

We took the best aspects of BIM (3D modeling, vetting a structure before building, having all subcontractors on the same page) and applied that to PMM. Then we kept going to add in project management and interior design. This saves large amounts of money on supervision costs and eliminates the unknown or a designer saying “trust me” when it comes to design decisions. It is BIM plus MANAGEMENT!

 

“Working with Trilogy Partners and their Project Management Modeling process I can be part of the design process and a decision maker in how the design looks and works, which makes it easier to fabricate. With other contractors I simply put their design into action which is not always considered from a welder’s point of view. Having my input be part of the process ensures a high-quality finished product that I am extremely proud of.” Brian Dunphy, Ark Fabrication

 

What about Structurals and MEP?

We are now putting structurals into our models. MEP (Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing) is not a complicated issue in single family residences. It will be in the commercial project we do and so we will include it there.

 

What is the biggest benefits to using PMM?

Interiors and finishes. Data management. Not having to traipse around with client from one design store to another or deal with small samples and risk management. Using PMM for estimating and having our subcontractors use the model.

 

pmm-ipadAre there any problems that face PMM?

The only problem we face is that a lot of our subcontractors don’t own a computer or iPad where they can view our 3D Model but where theres a will there’s a way. We incorporate workarounds. SketchUp Mobile Viewer is helpful and subs can use their smartphones. For something like tile we print out photos from our PMM model and hang it right in the room the tile is to be installed. A picture is worth a thousand words so our subs have a few thousand words of instruction around them.

What about geolocation? Can you do this in PMM?

Absolutely. It empowers our clients to know the exact view from their kitchen sink or master bedroom. We also use geolocation for solar studies so we are sure to optimize the sun’s warming effect in the winter and minimize that in the summer.

 

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“PMM is a solution for little guys and single family residence builders for whom BIM doesn’t work.”

 

Why doesn’t BIM work for the little guys exactly?

BIM is beefy and expensive to use. It was created for huge projects like the Freedom Tower in NYC or large bridges. It is expensive for a small contractor to employ on their projects. If BIM worked for us as a single family homebuilder then we would be using it. But it didn’t which is why we created Project Management Modeling.

Why should the industry be using PMM?

Lower costs, less mistakes and more efficient design are just a few of the reasons. If we can lower the cost of housing throughout the country and the globe then more people can afford housing. That is the big goal, to enable those who want to own a home to do so. We also want to be kinder to the the environment by having less waste. Houses can be designed better and smarter which means more efficient sizes, less heating costs, better environmental impact.

We use PMM because it works and builders love it, subs love it, designers love it. But most importantly our clients love it. That is reason enough for us.

 

Breckenridge’s Design Build Firm, Trilogy Partners is set to attend AIA 2017

Trilogy Partners is to attend The American Institute of Architects Conference in Orlando this April 27th-29th. Trilogy will be the guests of SketchUp at the conference, where they will be demonstrating and talking about Trilogy’s Project Management Modeling and how this process complete with SketchUp software is changing the way homes are designed and built across America. Trilogy wants to educate the industry and market about their process, and the close relationship Trilogy has with SketchUp is helping them achieve this.

 

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Michael Rath, CEO of Trilogy comments “Trilogy Partners is thrilled to be invited to the 2017 American Institute of Architects convention to present our Project Management Modeling process to 25,000 architects and industry professionals. We are excited to share our process that puts clients as the center of a project while showing every design detail of a home’s exterior and interior, all while being more efficient with time and materials. We think PMM is going to blow the roof off of AIA!”

From all of us at Trilogy we would like to say a big thank you to our friends at SketchUp for your continued support of our Design Build firm in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Please see our recent interviews with SketchUp on their website.

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Part II 

24hr LIVE Design in a Day Challenge

Tune in to Trilogy Partners Facebook Page  March 29th and March 30th from 8am – 8pm MST every hour on the hour for Design in a Day.

One Team.

One House.

One Day.

Can they do it?

What do you do when you have the best lot in Breckenridge but the house on it is antiquated and does not honor the stunning mountain and lake views around it? You hire Trilogy Partners.

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We are going to create a totally new home design concept for this magnificent piece of land by employing the creativity of our in-house design team and our Project Management Modeling process that leverage’s Trimble SketchUp Pro software to turn this ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. The end result will be a stunning 3D model of a new home design complete with kitchen, bathrooms, tile, trim, furniture…everything that makes a house a home. And we are going to do it in 24 hours.

 

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Can it be done?

We think so. Would any other design build attempt to do this? Definitely not. Trilogy’s Project Management Modeling is unlike any other project management tool as it integrates 3D virtual models with highly organized efficiency. SketchUp’s Chris Brashar even says that he is “personally astounded by what Trilogy are doing with SketchUp for whole project management.” 

Mark your calendars and follow us on Facebook to watch the progress of this transformation on Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30 from 8am MST

Tune in to Trilogy Partners Facebook Page March 29th at 8am MST for the first Facebook Live session of Design in a Day

 

Changing the Way Homes are Designed and Built in America

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Part 2 of our Interview with SketchUp is Live!

You can find Part 1 of the Michael Rath interview about 
Trilogy Project Management Modeling here.

At the summit of the beautiful state of Colorado a change is in the air. Trilogy Partners has teamed up with global leader Trimble SketchUp to design and build living, breathing 3D virtual models. Infused with heart and soul, art and just the right amount of construction DNA, Trilogy models reproduce into stunning mountain homes their clients cherish for generations.  

Read the second part of Trilogy CEO Michael Rath’s interview about Project Management Modeling with SketchUp’s Mark Harrison and learn about the transformation starting right here in Summit County!

 

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Are you interested in implementing Trilogy Project Management Modeling™ for your project?

Contact us to start the most creative and empowering process possible to design and build your development project or dream home anywhere in the world!

 
 

 

Trimble SketchUp Recognizes Trilogy Partners as Pioneers of the Future of the Design and Build Industry

Trilogy Partners is paving the way for both clients and industry professionals with its revolutionary Project Management Modeling process. Trilogy Design and Build team members have been working closely with Trimble SketchUp team members, building an important relationship between the two companies as they work to further develop the SketchUp based Project Management Modeling process to become an industry standard for the home building industry. 

 

Today is Part One of a Two part blog post release from SketchUp where Director of Marketing at SketchUp Mark Harrison interviews Trilogy Partners’ CEO Michael Rath. As Rath says in the interview, “a well executed SketchUp strategy, like the one we are using, not only results in a fantastic model, but also lowers project costs. That’s because we resolve construction problems in the model and not on the construction site, and because we embed supervision into the model, we save money.” It’s a no brainer. 

 

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Read more about our Project Management Modeling process and contact us today to start the most creative and empowering process possible to design and build your dream home anywhere in the world! 

Welcome to the future of design and build, where seeing is believing.

SketchUp Blog: Project Management Modeling at Trilogy Partners: Part I

 

 

Trilogy Partners Awarded Best of Houzz 2017

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Trilogy Partners of Summit County, CO

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

 

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

 

Breckenridge, CO, January 31, 2017 –Trilogy Partners of Summit County, CO has won “Best Of Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The build design firm, established in 1998 by Michael Rath, was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

 

Customer Service Houzz honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

 

“We strive everyday to exceed client’s expectations with uncompromising design and transparency. The Houzz recognition for Best of Service is a testament to what we do every day in our offices,” Michael Rath, Trilogy Partners Head of Design and CEO.

 

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Trilogy Partners,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

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High Country Homes: The Best Built Homes in the World Part 3

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Labor costs to design and build in the Mountain Regions are usually greater than elsewhere in the US. A higher cost of living and frequent manpower shortages contribute to the price structure. But it is also true that designing and building homes in the high country requires a level of talent and expertise not generally required as a part of the production tract home building process. Highly engineered architecturally complex homes with computerized energy and environment management systems require design and build experts at the top of their profession. Add to that the costs of municipal development and building inspection personnel, and the manpower costs to build a mountain home must inevitably be higher. A high altitude environment also contributes to a lengthened build period and higher labor costs.

Other factors determine costs. Location; it certainly costs more to build in Aspen than Summit County. Work force housing initiatives and other tax measures designed to support common elements and municipal programs also come into effect dependent on locale. But the driving force behind the relatively high cost of mountain homes is most significantly influenced by one thing: outstanding quality.

Mountain Homes in the US are without a doubt designed and built to the highest standards in the world. They are designed more thoroughly and thoughtfully, engineered to be tougher and stronger, consist of higher quality materials, are built by extremely capable builders and contractors, and are the product of an extraordinarily introspective and involved review and construction inspection process.

The mountain homes being built today will stand for centuries longer than many of their lowland counterparts. And that kind of quality and longevity simply cost more.

High Country Homes: The Best Home Built in the World Part 2

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  What’s on the outside matters too:

Municipalities in the high country, especially those with a strong historical preservation imperative, often impose strict design guidelines governing the architectural style and use of exterior materials within historic districts. New homes and remodels in the Victorian Era ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado must “fit in” with their historic neighborhoods in terms of design, color, height, and size, allowing the town to remain true to its heritage. These strict design and review requirements extend the approval and design process resulting in higher costs. Many Home Owner Associations in the high country impose design requirements to include specific and costly exterior materials, a certain percentage of quarried stone per elevation, extensive landscaping, and a high standard of architectural quality, diversity, and complexity all resulting in a multi-layered design review process that could take as long as 6 months to complete. The result of all this additional attention to detail is usually a distinct community populated by homes with strong architectural integrity and character.

Our next blog posting concludes the discussion while considering labor and location costs.