Project Description

Delivering Electrifying Results for Electrical Contractor with BIM


Founded in 1920, E.S. Boulos Company (ESB) is one of the oldest, largest and most experienced electrical contractors in New England. A subsidiary of the Northeast Generation Services Company, ESB and its parent company provide construction and maintenance service to power, industrial, commercial and institutional facilities throughout the Northeastern United States. ESB employs 35 management staff and, at any given time, has a field electrical workforce of around 250-400.

To stay ahead of changing market requirements for electrical contractors, ESB acted as an early adopter of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology in its 3D modeling, design coordination and clash detection processes. The firm had been using AutoCAD to render traditional 2D drawings, which triggered late conflict correction and increased the potential for errors in the field. ESB developed an in-house suite of BIM tools, including AutoCAD MEP, Revit and Navisworks, for streamlining processes and eliminating inefficiencies. But its internal project managers and project engineers faced a steep learning curve.

To address the need for training, ESB leveraged Microdesk’s large staff of mechanical and electrical engineering technical specialists who have experience working in the industry and are proficient in using the software to meet construction requirements. Microdesk worked with ESB to gain an understanding of their needs and challenges, analyze options and deliver a technical solution leveraging the tools ESB already used. Microdesk also provided on-the-job training for the team using real-life projects, not hypothetical situations, to help develop expertise quickly. As a result, the firm has been able to leverage their team’s BIM experience to increase efficiencies, significantly reduce errors and win additional large projects requiring BIM.