A Master of Virtual Construction: PJ Dick’s Matthew Baker

Case StudiesJanuary 26, 2021

Matthew Baker is virtually a master when it comes to Virtual Construction.

According to Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers, it takes 10,000 hours to achieve mastery. Well, with over twenty years of experience in the construction industry, Matthew has worked on a variety of markets such as correctional, military, educational, hotel, multi-use, health care and public assembly. 

Matthew is the Virtual Construction Manager for P.J. Dick Incorporated, a Pittsburgh-based, Mid-Atlantic Regional general contractor and construction manager. He is responsible for the company’s virtual construction initiatives, including the analysis and implementation of BIM/Virtual Construction in estimating, field operations, subcontractor coordination, scheduling, and more.

“PJ Dick, one of three entities within a closely-held family of companies, has established a leading position in the construction industry by offering a unique understanding of the commercial construction field, a commitment to safety and a commitment to employee empowerment. Consistently ranked one of the Top 100 builders by Engineering News Record, PJ Dick has managed over $6.6 billion in construction activity in the Mid-Atlantic area.” – PJDick.com

Needless to say, as someone with such a depth of experience in the industry, we couldn’t wait to hear what he had to say about Revizto.

To the field they (tried to) go.

As the Virtual Construction Manager, Matthew Baker oversees the implementation of virtual construction initiatives and more specifically, BIM. Throughout his career, he has focused on quality assurance/quality control engineering and is particularly skilled in construction-based scheduling and project management computer programs, job-site coordination and subcontractor and owner relations. However, with the complexity of the projects and teams, as well as the amount of information being moved, some of the challenges that he faces are seen by other firms across the industry.

Matthew’s Top Three Pre-Revizto Challenges

    1. Getting the model(s) into the field 
    2. Coordination tracking 
    3. Project-wide usage

Better access means better collaboration.

What good is the model if only a handful of people have direct access to it? One thing that has been driving value across firm types and project types is simple this – the more people that have real-time access to the models the better.

More buy-in and more accurate information getting passed along lead to fewer reworks and a better understanding of the project and status overall. Luckily for Matthew, he has been able to get tremendous buy-in of Revizto as their Integrated Collaboration Platform, and those previously mentioned challenges are things of the past. 

Matthew’s Top 5 About Revizto:

    1. Wider usage of the project model(s) 
    2. Improved collaboration between participants 
    3. Accelerates understanding of the project 
    4. Simplifies tracking and monitoring during different phases of construction 
    5. 2D overlays in the 3D views provide outstanding context and understanding of details and sections

“Time savings is the main value we see in Revizto! Revizto is a great solution!” Matthew Baker, Virtual Construction Manager, P.J. Dick

To learn more about how Matthew is using Revizto in his projects check out the “Project lifecycle with Revizto” recording HERE.

For more about PJ Dick, visit PJDick.com

A Master of Virtual Construction: PJ Dick’s Matthew Baker Matthew Baker is virtually a master when it comes to Virtual Construction. According to Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers, it takes 10,000 hours to achieve mastery. Well, with over twenty years of experience in the construction industry, Matthew has worked on a variety of markets such as correctional, military, educational, hotel, multi-use, health care and public assembly.  2021-01-26
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