• S&V Interior Model

    Understanding Levels of Development in Building Information Modeling

Understanding Levels of Development in Building Information Modeling

More is Not Necessarily Better

As Building Information Modeling (BIM) becomes increasingly utilized in our day-to-day work, it is increasingly apparent that there is a need to better explain the Levels of Development (LOD) to which a model can be created.

When a client requests a model, it is on us as the consultant to ask what the intended use will be and from there make a recommendation as to which LOD the model should be created. More detail is not necessarily better. First, the higher the LOD, the more cost the client will incur – we do not want to spend additional time modeling elements above the desired level. Second, the higher the LOD, the larger the computer file. Large model files become more burdensome on computer resources and can be unusable by the client.

Ultimately, we want to develop a model at an LOD where all the necessary information is available, but there is no extraneous detail that has driven up the cost of the project and/or made the file size unwieldy. Sometimes this may mean creating the overall model at a lower LOD but drawing certain elements or areas of the model at a slightly higher LOD. For example, […]

  • Chris Weeder earns PE license

    Structural engineer Christopher A. Weeder earns PE licensure

Structural engineer Christopher A. Weeder earns PE licensure

R.E. Warner commends structural engineer Christopher A. Weeder for successfully passing the State of Ohio Professional Engineer’s exam, earning his professional engineering license. PE licensure signifies an engineer’s competence, dedication, and commitment to quality and ethics.

To earn their PE, engineers must: earn a four-year degree in engineering from an accredited engineering program; pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam; complete four years of progressive engineering experience under a PE; and pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam.

Chris has been part of R.E. Warner’s structural engineering department for four years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Cleveland State University. His experience includes structural steel and concrete design for various large-scale industrial and commercial clients, including serving as the lead structural engineer and resident engineer for the installation of a new $250 million bar rolling micro mill.  Chris is proficient in AutoCAD, WinBeam, Lingo, MATLAB, HydroCad and Visual Analysis.

Well done, Chris!

R.E. Warner named among ENR Midwest’s Top Design Firms

R.E. Warner has been named among the Top Design Firms on ENR Midwest’s annual list, ranked by revenue.

The firm was also named on Crain’s Cleveland’s list of Largest Engineering Firms, ranked by the number of local registered engineers.

We congratulate all who earned spots on these lists and are proud to be in such good company. It is an honor to be recognized as a firm making significant contributions to our region.


May 24th, 2018|Awards, Corporate News|
  • Moreland Service Garage

    Service Garages: Thinking Through Specifics to Ensure Successful Design

Service Garages: Thinking Through Specifics to Ensure Successful Design

Today we’re going to talk about services garages. While some may consider these bland, unexciting buildings, they are actually highly important, unsung heroes of municipal infrastructure. They operate in the background, commanding little attention, yet facilitating critical functions. In the event of a potential calamity such as a snow emergency or water main break, these facilities allow maintenance personnel to respond quickly and effectively, so that residents and workers can continue to go about their business.

What’s more, not one is like another. Having completed over 20 of these buildings in the last 15 years, we understand that while they may all have similar components, the ways in which they are specifically designed are vastly individualized. Thinking through these specifics is crucial to success.

Without further ado, here’s a look at the “what” and “how” of service garage design.

First, let’s go over the usual pieces and parts of these buildings. The average service garage may have:


Maintenance – general or specific

Maintenance Bay(s)
Wash Bay(s)
Operations Support

Locker rooms
Break room

Back-Up Power
Access controls

That’s a fairly short list and it looks pretty simple, but if we do our jobs right during the discovery and assessment phase of a service garage project, the actual design becomes much more involved […]

CMC Steel Formally Dedicates New Durant, OK Micro Mill

On behalf of everyone at R.E. Warner & Associates, we congratulate Commercial Metals Company on formally dedicating its new micro mill in Durant, Oklahoma.

The mill is CMC’s second technologically advanced micro mill that uses a continuous-continuous manufacturing process which melts, casts and rolls steel from a single uninterrupted strand, resulting in higher yields and lower energy consumption than the traditional mini mill process.

We are honored to have been able to serve CMC on this project, providing preliminary engineering, structural, civil, electrical and mechanical installation engineering, and construction administration services.

Congratulations again to CMC and the entire project team for
working together to design, construct and commission this state-of-the-art facility.

Read more: http://www.areadevelopment.com/newsItems/4-30-2018/commercial-metals-company-micro-mil-durant-oklahoma.shtml