The 2D to 3D workflow
Working with 3D models allows us to achieve the intertwinning of every edge of the project, creating at the same time and from the same starting point, design, construction, planning and management.
On the grounds of design, 3D provides plenty of advantages. As an example, the system allows for drawing walls with volume, which means visualizing the materials which are going to be used, in a way that it can be known the quantity of bricks, the bulk of mortar or the extent of the painted area, thus allowing for a quick calculation of the costs derived from production.
The technical drawings is also prepared simultaneously. The materials that make all the design elelments can be shown at the same time in several different ways: plant sextion and elevation, which result in an early identification of flaws, favoring a significant reduction in design errors
In BIM, design and construction go hand in hand, as a virtual construction with every actual element of the building which form the bulk of the building. This way, we can anticipate the common issues derived from actual construction and find a logical solution before entering the actual construction process, therefore saving money and avoiding personal issues which are very difficult to appraise.
Furthermore using this tool makes people without an specific training to become part of the processes. So, the engineers have the details of what is expected of their work and the customers can see the degree of completion of their project at any given time, thus making their decision-making process easier.
BIM´s vest value is found in co-operation
The implementation of BIM implies a redical change in work methodology of the different agents of the construction process: Architects, engineers, developers and builders. Talkingabout BIM is talking about co-operation between our professionals to join their forecs and visualize the goals of the overall project.
We internalize Lean thinking changing our rules:
- We set goals the whole team internalizes.
- We define protocols and an implementation plan.
- We establish a working network and we share all the information
- We review our results and constantly shift strategies in order to improve.
To summarize: How this benefits the customer?
- We decrease issues related to the building process. We research and pinpoint exactly what we want to build from the beginning.
- We decrease faulty designs and constructive solutions.
- We decrease re-works at 90%.
- The builder is integrated with the architecture during the design stage. The project is though out to satisfy design and production needs.
- Project completion times are reduced between 20% and 40%
- Works optimization, During the planning stage as well as during the implementation one.
- Improves both cost control and planning.
- Continual improvement.
This has been our first approach to BIM technology? What do you think of it?
We´ll keep developing this matter in subsequent posts because it´s a subject that has a lot yet to unravel. See you next time!