An Integrated Approach: Mapping & VDC to Deliver Collaborative Design-Build Subsurface Construction

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

Subsurface infrastructure projects involve risk of unknown, underground hazards that create disruptive, budget-draining delays. Upgrading utilities on the 200-year-old Saint Louis University campus, in the heart of the city, carried high risk for striking existing utilities and undocumented structures, including buried train tracks, brick roads and foundations. Yet, there were zero utility strikes and no redesigns required, thanks to an integrated, design-build subsurface construction approach utilizing Subsurface Utility Mapping (SUM) and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC).. The panelists will vividly discuss the critical difference achieved by applying SUM and VDC within a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team.

Session Learning Objectives:  

1. Identify opportunities for project cost savings and risk mitigation using Subsurface Utility Mapping (SUM) within an integrated Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) approach, an emerging best practice for subsurface construction. 

2. Contrast the costs and risks of a traditional procurement with the benefits of using a collaborative VDC process for subsurface construction to leverage Model-Based Field Layout at the point of attack. 

3. Demonstrate the risk-reduction value of an integrated, real-time, “single source of truth” for mapping and utility data throughout the project life cycle to maintain accuracy and accessibility for all project team members. 

4. Highlight the importance of early project VDC planning conversations to define how the team will collaborate and communicate to effectively execute with efficiency and profitability.

Alex Belkofer, CM-BIM

Director of Virtual Design & Construction

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

As a regional leader and national collaborator at McCarthy, Alex is responsible for the overall strategy, implementation, and execution of the virtual design & construction (VDC) process between all project stakeholders. From corporate office to construction site, he promotes, trains and guides McCarthy teams through the VDC process over the course of a project’s life cycle. Alex is a key contributor, serving on McCarthy’s National VDC Leadership Group to enhance the consistency and delivery of BIM-enabled strategies and best practices companywide. 

Alex’s passion and drive for construction technology is to push the industry to leverage best-in-class solutions focused on effective project delivery and lean principles for value-added outcomes. He is active with various national organizations focused on construction technology, such as AGC BIMForum, Campus FM Technology Association (CFTA) and DBIA. Alex holds a Dual Degree (BS) in Architecture and Construction Systems Management from The Ohio State University.

Matthew Fitzgerald, P.E.

Senior Business Development Manager

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

As senior business development manager, Matthew oversees the development of relationships, opportunities and sales nationwide for the Mapping group. Matthew supports regional teams to identify, qualify and engage market sectors while overseeing strategic positioning among clients and McCarthy teams. Previously a civil transportation engineer, Matthew understands the challenges facing design, construction, and plant operations, and mitigating underground utility challenges. Matthew has a degree in civil engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Jeremy Wood

Project Manager - Estimator

Castle Contracting, LLC

A project manager at Castle, Jeremy is responsible for estimation, preconstruction and civil construction of underground utilities and MEPFP systems. Since joining Castle, Jeremy has applied his background in construction management to approach civil construction in a similar manner, emphasizing early collaboration and technology to actively plan the work holistically, which provides cost certainty and reduces risk for owners. Jeremy holds a bachelor’s in industrial technology, construction management and design from Southeast Missouri State University.

Julia Strumpler

Director of Project Development

Sachs Electric Company

Julia Strumpler is Director of Project Development for Sachs Electric. She earned a degree in Electrical Systems Design in 2003. In her early career, she worked in Design, Project Management and Estimating. She has vast experience with Design Assist and Design Build Projects in the Commercial, Educational and Healthcare markets. In her current role, she works closely with Owners, Architects, Engineers and General Contractors on developing projects that provide best value for the end user.


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1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available