Rosendin: Innovative Technologies for Successful BIM Implementation

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Fred Meeske, Corporate Director of BIM Services, Rosendin ElectricFred Meeske, Corporate Director of BIM Services
In the business world, there is a saying that goes like this: “Instead of waiting for a leader you can believe in, try this—become a leader you can believe in.” One such leader in the construction industry is Rosendin (formerly known as Rosendin Electric), a company that has time and again proven to keep its value proposition on the cutting edge. When 3D modeling software had already become a mainstay, businesses in the construction industry started to look for more collaborative methods to design and deliver a model. Rosendin’s Corporate Director of BIM Services, Fred Meeske, was tasked to build a program that would enhance their 3D modeling software by feeding in data for promoting a more technical and metric-driven method to plan, design, construct, and manage buildings. While initially, there were many challenges associated with finding the right staff to support the company’s new direction in Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions and developing a more efficient delivery model, the program yielded varying levels of success.
Nonetheless, Rosendin continued to drive forward and successfully increased the pace at which it models and coordinates projects, while still maintaining high quality.

Embracing everything from cloud-based computing, mobility, the latest prefabrication techniques to advancements in BIM, Rosendin leverages innovative technologies to counter the various challenges in the industry. However, more than the technology itself, “Our strength lies in our ability to adopt new technology at a rate corresponding to its development,” states Meeske.

When it comes to BIM implementation, Rosendin uses a variety of technologies including 3D laser scanning to confirm whether building components are in the right place. Other technologies such as AR and VR provide assistance during installation, quality assurance/quality checks, as well as for training personnel in safety protocols. Further, Rosendin offers target value design/cost-based estimate functionalities, which are tied into the 3D modeling software. This helps determine whether a project can be completed within a client’s budget and displays how changes in the design will affect the overall costs. As a result, Rosendin can make better decisions earlier in the construction process and save expenses for its clients. Further, the virtual 3D models are seamlessly prefabricated and shipped off into the field. It is built with quality and efficiency at lower costs and can be installed directly to ensure customer satisfaction.

Meeske mentions how a hi-tech company needed Rosendin to generate 3D modeling data for prefabrication and cost estimates on a tight schedule. After some tweaks to their 3D modeling software, Rosendin was able to substantially improve the speed at which they prefabricated and packaged installations. A process that took days earlier was reduced to hours and minutes. This ability to come up with a solution for a problem before implementing it is one of the things that set Rosendin apart from the competition.

Being a relationship-driven company, Rosendin’s philosophy is: connect with clients and understand their needs better to formulate plans that are tailored for specific requisites. All its business units are geared toward providing products and services at the right price, and with the highest safety and quality standards. This is what Rosendin excels at, and the team continues to push the envelope regarding cost-efficiency and faster service delivery.

Moving forward, Rosendin has plans to launch a tool that will allow a user to compare the layout and locations of objects in a 3D environment with that on a physical plane and check if everything is spatially correct. Such innovation has helped Rosendin continue to lead the industry and aspire for the next best thing.

"Our strength lies in our ability to adopt new technology at a rate corresponding to its development"

- Fred Meeske, Corporate Director of BIM Services

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Rosendin Veterans Volunteer to Upgrade WWII Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet

San Jose, CA - As the nation prepares to celebrate those who served our country this Veterans Day, a team of California Veterans is working to ensure stories from World War II are never forgotten. Veterans and colleagues from Rosendins IT Department are working pro-bono to upgrade the USS Hornet, a World War II aircraft carrier that supported pilots in the Pacific and transported troops back home after the war ended, and now serves as a museum.
The San Jose-headquartered, employee-owned electrical contracting company is running cable, adding network switches, and installing WIFI around the ship to accommodate visitors. They are also working with the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum to upgrade its computer network, increase cybersecurity, support digital media exhibits, and expand wireless access points.
Everyone on our team, especially our Veterans, are so proud to work on this piece of American history and museum that honors those who served in the Pacific in World War II, said Matt Lamb, Chief Information Officer at Rosendin. We first heard about their needs last year, and the team was so excited we started collecting donated equipment and set up a PlanGrid project, which is like a digital blueprint, to map out the challenges of wiring the ship.
Rosendin has ten employees working on the project pro-bono, including three Veterans. The $20,000 project is being funded entirely through donations and volunteer efforts.
Throughout November, Rosendin will honor the men and women who serve our country by taking the time to acknowledge their sacrifices and thank them for their service. The campaign will be featured on Rosendins social media platforms.USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum is grateful to Rosendin for upgrading the ship and our exhibitions so we may enhance the educational experience for visitors, said Sam Lamonica, retired Rosendin CIO and Board of Trustees Chairman for the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum. Even though I am now retired, seeing my former team at Rosendin work on this project fills me with great pride because it is a promise to our Veterans that we will continue to share their stories so future generations will never forget the sacrifices made for our great nation.
Veterans from every branch of the military have joined Rosendins team after learning many skills translate to the construction industry. Recruiters and trainers work closely with Helmets to Hardhats, a national nonprofit program that helps service members utilize their skills to successfully transition into careers in the construction industry.
Additional Rosendin Projects:
• Veterans working at Rosendins Arizona office are helping to build the new Dept. of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic to serve veterans in the Phoenix Metro area. When completed in late 2021, the 5-story health center will be one of the largest VA outpatient clinics in the country.
• As part of early coronavirus crisis response efforts, Rosendin helped the Army Corps of Engineers convert buildings into temporary field hospitals. Electrical workers retrofitted power lines, installed LED lighting, fire alarms, and HVAC systems, and set up emergency backup power to ensure front line medical teams would have basic systems.
• Rosendins Renewable Energy Group, led by David Lincoln, holds an annual fundraiser in Anaheim that has raised more than $1 million to date for the Navy SEAL Foundation.
Company founder, Moses Rosendin, a WWI Navy Veteran, was a proud citizen who believed in supporting the United States wartime efforts. During WWII he shifted his business from serving agricultural customers to fulfilling contracts from shipyards around San Francisco Bay. Despite being told by government officials that he was underbidding for jobs, Moses refused to profit from his contracts because he believed he owed it to his country to do the work at cost.
For more than 100-years, Rosendin has created a welcoming work environment focused on building people and communities across America. They are guided by core values of We Care. We Share. We Listen. We Innovate. We Excel. To ensure every employee has an opportunity to reach their full potential, Rosendin has a zero tolerance policy for racism and is a proud sponsor of the Associated General Contractors Culture of CARE initiative. Company leaders work closely with NECA and the Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) to make diversity and inclusion a priority.

Oregon Teachers Partner with Construction Contractors Who Helped Build New School

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Virtual program championed by Rosendin inspires 320 students to consider skilled trades
Hillsboro, OR -
Teachers at a suburban Portland high school that shifted to remote learning during the pandemic introduced a new vocational class aimed at changing the way students view careers in the craft trades. With guidance from construction companies like Rosendin, Sherwood High School teachers developed a virtual, elective class to teach students how their new high school was constructed and expose them to potential careers as skilled craft workers.
Sherwood High School CTE Teachers Allison Meadows and Jon Dickover developed the 9-week program featuring speakers from approximately 15 construction-related companies, unions, and local businesses, some of whom built Sherwoods new state-of-the-art high school, completed in late 2020. Rosendin, the electrical contracting company, helped shape the program.
Rosendin has been a keystone of this project and we are thankful to them for helping us build relationships with local contractors and businesses, said Jon Dickover, Sherwood H.S. teacher and Association of General Contractors club advisor. We are especially thankful to Tim Moore, who helped us structure the lessons in the same order as they would happen during the construction of the school. It gave students a practical understanding of the construction timeline.
This was an exciting project to work on because I want young people to know that the construction industry offers career growth, pay equity, and good benefits, whether you choose to attend college or take an apprenticeship, said Tim Moore, Rosendin Operations Manager. Rosendin was established on a mission to help build people within our community and I appreciate the chance to share my experience with the next generation.
General contractor Skanska USA Building was also involved, along with Anning Johnson Company, Apollo Mechanical Contractors, Coffman Excavation, Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping, and The Sowles Company. Additionally, representatives from Ironworkers Local 29, Northwest Carpenters Union, Sheet Metal Institute/Sheet Metal Workers Local 16, and UA Local 290 Plumbers and Steamfitters participated. Students were also given information about the three apprenticeship programs offered by the Oregon-Columbia NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center, which combines on-the-job and classroom training in licensed electrical industry crafts.
The result was an overwhelming success. On the first day of the virtual vocational program, only three students out of 180 expressed an interest in pursuing a career as a craft worker. At the end of the 9-week program, approximately 50% of students were interested.
We want to reframe the conversation for students about options for a career path to end the stigma of college as a necessary first step for everyone, said Allison Meadows, Sherwood H.S. teacher and Future Farmers of America club advisor. We aim to empower every student, whichever career they choose to pursue, to show they can have very successful and fulfilling careers in a variety of trades.
Meadows and Dickover are repeating the class and have 140 students enrolled this session with plans to expand the trades program in the 2021-2022 school year.
"This program is a continuation of our plan to provide strong education and career opportunities for all Sherwood students, said Sherwood High Schools Principal, Melissa Baran. Our new school will include a state-of-the-art career and technical education wing that will host all future vocational courses.
The new 350,000 square-foot school will also feature a skybridge and four-story classroom wing with 110 classrooms “ 12 just for the sciences. Students will also enjoy a new sports stadium with a 2,000-capacity grandstand and a performing arts wing with a 600-seat auditorium.
We are proud of the key role Rosendin played in helping young people understand more about the construction industry, as well as our role in constructing the new high school building, said Michelle Doyle, Rosendin Division Manager. It is the perfect combination of our companys professional capabilities and community-focused mission.

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