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Through the BIM process, Southwest Electric was able to consult extensively with the design team regarding this particular electric room. Using true submittal data, the electrical equipment was added to the design model in a way that allowed ample conduit to penetrate the structural floor and take a more direct pathway. Core drilling and saw-cutting was also eliminated with the use of accurately sized block-outs and sleeves. This decreased construction time and materials, thereby providing savings to the Owner.

  • And most importantly, Safety

BIM provides for an accurate, reliable, and timely installation. By using a Total Station, Southwest is able to translate the virtual model directly to the field. It also allows us to utilize proprietary prefabricated assemblies to expedite our installation and minimize site clutter through a controlled environment. Our crews are able to install material faster and safer, which translates into savings to our customers and a project that is completed ahead of schedule.

Southwest Electric understands that the devil is in the details. This is why every effort is made to provide a model that is accurate, complete and beneficial to ALL parties involved. As this image depicts, branch conduit, hangers, and junction boxes have been detailed in order to minimize future field clashes. This level of coordination also provides to the Owner the best possible means for accessibility. Enhancing these access points translates directly into savings to the Owner and their maintenance team.

  • Coordination Studies
  • Purchasing
  • Shop Drawings
  • Equipment & Material Tracking
  • Service/FM
  • Post Job Analysis



Over the years, Southwest has made a conscious effort to maximize and integrate the BIM process so that our Clients can obtain a truly value-added service that is superior to the competition. This comes in the form of highly detailed and information-rich model libraries, intelligent modeling tools for speed, automation for increased accuracy, data extraction for material purchasing, and integrated prefabrication assemblies. All of these tools and methods are proprietary to our company and allow Southwest Electric to surpass the competition and pass on the savings and quality to our clients.
You may have already heard of BIM and its advantage to allow contractors to coordinate their systems before installation for a near seamless workflow. Virtual modeling, with its highly accurate ability to convey complicated design layouts, has made it an essential tool in the construction industry. At Southwest Electric, we believe that virtual coordination is only one aspect to BIM, and the first step to a much grander understanding of the benefits it presents. In fact, as early adopters, we strive to educate ourselves and the community in the many uses of BIM and eagerly seek new methods to utilize the BIM process in every aspect of our operations. This includes:

  • Design-Assist
  • Pre-Coordination
  • Value Engineering
  • Estimations
  • Prefabrication
  • Planning & Logistics
If you’d like to request more information about our BIM process and capabilities, or would like to schedule an in-house consultation, please contact our main office at (210) 568-1632. Whether you’re preparing for a capital improvement project, or minor renovation, we look forward to enhancing your project with our industry-leading expertise.

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