Working with BIM
Like most Architectural companies, we built our reputation on drawings that we did on the drafting table and then translated that process into AutoCAD. And we designed some great projects with those tools.
AutoCAD was the standard in the industry, especially in this region. To better work with our consultants and deliver to the specifications our clients expected we NEEDED to use AutoCAD.
AutoCAD was great for making drawings. But we were designing buildings. The change orders and miscommunication that can run rampant on projects is a direct result of communicating the complexity and coordinating a 3 dimensional object with 2D drawings.
As a firm we were becoming more experienced and more sophisticated in our approach. We wanted to design buildings in a way that would benefit our team, our consultants and the owner of the buildings.
Moving into BIM
We took the plunge into Building Information Modeling (or BIM).
There are a number of BIM software solutions on the market but we made the transition into Revit because of the way it works seamlessly with AutoCAD (both are Autodesk products). We knew that there would be many legacy projects that would still require AutoCAD so it was important that we could work between the two formats when necessary.
There are a number of benefits we have already gained by immersing ourselves in a BIM workflow:
- Our team needs to better understand how a building is built – as a result our drafters are becoming more knowledgeable designers
- We are reducing change orders with our BIM consultants, at the site and with the project owners, because we are uncovering (and solving) problems earlier in the process when they cost less to solve
- We are better able to explore the 3D space and communicate our design intention to the project owners
- We can make changes faster and make sure that those changes are reflected accurately in all views and schedules
- Using BIM attracts better employees who want to use the best tools
- Committing to BIM allows us to work on better projects for better customers
The Value of BIM
Making any major technology transition in an organization, especially core software that impacts the day to day operation and delivering of paid services is always going to cost time and money, but we made that investment knowing that it was part of transforming our organization and the culture into something that better aligned with our values.
The values of Studio Intersekt are all about providing a high level of professional services for our clients. Using BIM lets us design better solutions for our customers more consistently.
The value of BIM to our clients (now and in the future) is what convinced us it was the right way to approach designing buildings.
We are building models and those models can have a high level of customization (elements designed to specifically resemble standard fixtures in our commercial client’s buildings) and can also have a high level of intelligence (allowing a consultant who uses BIM to coordinate electrical or HVAC systems with the structure of the building to eliminate conflicts).
Our commercial clients who are building dozens of locations a year insist on working with BIM to help deliver high quality design consistently while maintaining their aggressive building schedules.
Coordinating over these 3D models has helped our clients better communicate their concerns and helps us to accurately meet their goals on the project.
We are excited about what other benefits we are going to bring to our clients as we continue to commit to becoming experts in the use of BIM.