At Southland Engineering, we believe in efficiently using technology to implement a single model concept. Whenever we digitally construct a building information model (BIM), our goal is to follow the philosophy of only drawing it once. Proper 3D modeling is not something that can be performed by an engineer alone, and then passed off to the constructability group to remodel for shop drawing development and installation.  The real efficiencies are only realized when the two sides start communicating very early in the process and sharing information and resources in what we refer to as a “unified workflow.”

Our unified workflow is a single process, which ensures that the flow of imperative communication remains constant between all key players on a project, from the onset of design through the completion of construction.  With constructability leaders bringing field expertise to the beginning of design, we are able to capture crucial field knowledge which helps our design group draw efficiently in the BIM model for all aspects of a project.  By modeling efficiently, the entire project team is able to plan resourcefully, budget intelligently, and allocate resources appropriately.

In addition, a properly modeled building allows Southland to maximize the use of offsite prefabrication.  Prefabrication is statistically safer and less expensive than field fabrication.  The team can plan for efficient just-in-time material deliveries and achieve much higher production rates in the field, thus compressing the field installation schedule.

When field personnel has the ability to give input into design model items like riser installation, equipment rigging, modularization, and rooftop equipment placement, the design can be evaluated and modeled to provide the safest and most efficient layout possible.  However, layouts and routing are not the only items that can be reviewed when a collaborative conversation focuses on design specifications and means and methods.  By working together, our engineers and field personnel can typically strike an agreement that allows for the most efficient installation, while meeting the engineering requirements for the system.  Our highly accurate design models can also be used to track and verify budget projections to ensure that the project is staying on track and the unknown risks of coordination and construction are being properly mitigated well in advance.



  • Aja Kiah

    BIM Leader, Southland Industries

    Serving as the BIM Leader for Southland’s Industries, Aja Kiah is responsible for training design engineers of all skill levels in BIM related software and strategies.  With a specialized BIM and engineering knowledge base, Aja plays a pivotal in the continuous development of Southland’s Unified BIM Strategy and is also a Revit Certified Professional.

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