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Benefits of Virtual Design and Construction

EllisDon now deploys a VDC Coordinator to each of our construction projects to setup and manage the 3D integration of Construction models provided by all parties. We bring years of experience to the table; having implemented VDC, start to finish, on every type of project from new building construction, highway service centers to billion dollar hospitals & hydroelectric generating stations.


Example projects where VDC has been employed in our projects:


University of Waterloo Engineering VII Building, Waterloo, Ontario








The Engineering Building VII is a 235,000 square foot, seven-storey building for the University of Waterloo Engineering Department. The site area around the new build (and inside the existing Engineering V building which it attaches to) must be kept operational at all times due to university classes being held at all times during the year. The building’s new systems are tied into the existing building while also keeping the current users operational. At the onset of the project, our VDC team received architectural and structural 3D Revit models from the consultant, which enabled us to consolidate both models and undergo clash detection processes. Design issues were then resolved at the first instant which allowed for the effective mitigation of major potential conflicts on site.


MaRS Discovery District, Fit-Out Project, Toronto, Ontario

This building is located on the corner of College Street and University Avenue in Toronto’s Discovery District. The fit-out project was meant to coordinate the complex logistics of the installation of complex mechanical systems. Since the building was being occupied on other floors during construction, which was also on an extremely strict schedule, all floors were coordinated prior to construction. Prefabrication was crucial due to the complexity and uniqueness of the systems, as well due to the aggressive schedule


707 Fifth Project, Calgary, Alberta


Construction Management Project

Our VDC team produced 3D conceptualizations to aid in the proper visualization of the final completion of this project. The project is 30 levels tall, 550,000 square feet in area, and oval shaped in a plan view. The project included extensive cladding of the building on a complex design schedule. All trades actively participated in weekly 3D coordination meetings to resolve design issues as well as interferences between systems. These trades modelled their systems in a level of detail that permitted prefabrication processes. A BIM coordinator was present on site to facilitate the implementation and management of BIM on the project.

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