Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Autodesk software Revit and Navisworks are crucial for construction professionals!

A huge amount of technological advancements have been experienced by the professionals of AEC industry especially in the last thirty years. And all these technological innovations and inventions have proved advantageous in terms of reducing the problems of human beings. Today every possible industry is using technology for efficiently delivering services to its clients which is eventually maximizing and improving the growth of the industry. You can easily see the growth made by manufacturing and service industry with the assistance of technology.

Compared to other service providing industries, it is believed that construction industry has adopted technology too late. However as soon as AEC professionals started optimizing technology huge benefits have been derived by them. Adoption of BIM software such as Revit and Navisworks provided huge convenience to architects and engineers in relation to the execution of BIM services. Both Revit and Navisworks are designed and launched by Autodesk which is a software manufacturing company. Since the main purpose of Revit and Navisworks is to assist architects and engineers in execution of BIM services they are generally called as BIM software by AEC professionals.

BIM technology which is a short form of Building Information Modeling technology is highly effectual in constructing 3D models for building systems. Revit is especially dedicated for the execution of Revit modeling services or modeling services. Revit has many disciplines such as Revit architecture, Revit structure and Revit MEP and they help architect, structural engineer and MEP engineers in generating or building their respective models.

When BIM technology was not that prominent among AEC professionals they used to optimize CAD software for developing 3D models. However as soon as BIM technology came into limelight architects and engineers shifted their focus towards BIM software. So since Revit came into the picture it dominated the entire AEC industry in terms of executing modeling services.   Architectural, structural and MEP models developed with the assistance of Revit provided the exact information that is required by architects and engineers. Total time and entire project cost is now estimated accurately by using Revit models.

After accurate models are created by technicians it is pivotal to execute clash detection services which are performed by the technicians by optimizing Navisworks. So it is true that AEC professionals totally depend on Navisworks for detecting clashes in between 3D models. 

Friday, 14 November 2014

BIM facilitates building stakeholders with exact cost estimation

When it comes to enhancing the productivity of a construction project it is most important for building owners to have an estimate about the budget and exact budget estimation has even more benefits. For taking any decision concerning the project its budget must be known. One cannot hire any sort of services without a brief understanding of his investments in the project. And hence for managing and making powerful construction decisions it is extremely important for building owners that have a valid idea about their budgets.

Earlier when BIM was far from the reach of building stakeholders, building owners with the assistance of architects and engineers used to calculate the approximate cost of the project. But when the actual construction used to take place they used to find great variations in it.  That means their estimated budget often used to be wrong.

But when Building Information Modeling entered into the landscapes of Architecture Engineering and Construction industry building stakeholders started to get accurate cost estimates for their projects. With the assistance of BIM models accurate material takeoffs can be generated by architects and engineers along with their quantity. Cost estimates can be obtained by architects and engineers from the conceptual BIM models as well as during late design phase. When the project cost is calculated from the conceptual BIM model effective decisions can be taken by building stakeholders especially owners which can ultimately govern the project cost from there onwards.

Cost estimation from conceptual BIM model helps in reducing the total cost of the project because productive decisions are taken by architects and engineers which positively affect the budget of the projects.

Cost estimates that are carried out by architects and engineers during late design phase are done in details.  The total cost of the project is estimated or calculated by AEC professionals by optimizing material takeoffs.  Material takeoffs describe the details of all the materials that are required by construction professionals for constructing the building. With the assistance of 5D Building Information Model AEC professionals can easily figure out all sorts of material along with their quantity that is needed for constructing the building.  

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

4D BIM instrumental for assisting contractors in project management!

Project management is very essential especially in case of construction projects which involve lot of complexities. Managing everything in a right way is a key to successfully executing   building projects. Contractors are those people who take the entire contract of the project from owners and give them the surety to complete it within stringent deadlines. When it comes to managing building projects time management remains its one of the most crucial aspect.  Contractors are accountable for delivering the project to owners within accepted deadlines so it becomes crucial for them to tackle everything in efficient manner so that it gets completed fast.

What is important to understand in this case is the contribution of Building Information Modeling for contractors. Since the time BIM has been adopted by contractors for efficiently executing the projects they have really benefitted by it. 3D BIM models that are developed with due intelligence of technician and BIM modelers helps in streamlining construction process since information stored in them remains crucial for architects and engineers in term of its accuracy. Since the information is created in digital form it becomes easy for AEC professionals to circulate it among each other so that clarity can be gained by them regarding the project in question.

4D BIM came into picture once one more dimension is added to 3D model which is time. So a 4D BIM model is immensely pivotal for contractors as it helps them in gaining more clarity on time requirements of the project. 4D scheduling is developed by AEC professionals for streamlining on site construction activities. Construction schedules help AEC professionals in guiding them regarding their daily activities on the construction proposed location. They become clear about what they should be doing every day once they reach construction site.

4D simulations are also created by AEC professionals for getting more clarity on the step by step process of construction.

So with the support of 4D simulations and 4D scheduling contractors can maximize the productivity of the project by successfully managing onsite construction activities. Maximum benefits can be derived with the assistance of construction schedules for completing the project on time. Materials and equipments required for constructing the building can be effectively made available to construction works well advanced in time by contractors which eventually help in speeding up the task and completing it within stringent deadlines. 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Execute clash detection services for identifying clashes between model elements!

Clash detecting services are one of the most important preconstruction services that are hired by a construction firm during the preconstruction stage. Clash detection services are meant to assist architects and engineers in getting highly effective 3D models which are often considered accurate in terms of building design and geometry. 

The need for executing clash detection and coordination services arises from the fact that multidiscipline 3D models are developed by different design development teams and hence there are chances of errors in them. In other words since different teams are involved in their development it is quite normal that they contain coordination issues in terms of their design.

Hence after the completion of all architectural, structural and MEP models by engineering services providing company, it is quite important to execute clash detection services for determining coordination issues.

So clash detection services are executed by service providing company with the assistance of Navisworks. Navisworks provide a unique platform for AEC professionals for identifying clashes. Its clash detective tool provides major assistance to its users in determining various kinds of hard clashes as well as soft clashes.

But before going to clash detective tool in Navisworks, all the Revit files are converted to Navisworks file formats so that they can be opened in the software for performing clash tests. So once all the files that are required for performing clash detection services are imported and converted to Navisworks file formats, Navisworks users have to start optimizing clash detective tool of Navisworks. For running clash tests, files belonging to different models are opened and different model elements are selected for determining clashes between them. If in case clashes are detected between them, they are automatically highlighted by the software. This helps in determining the coordination issues between model elements which are appropriately solved by technicians later on.

So when these clashes are resolved by technicians, they open the saved folders in Navisworks which contain files containing issues. These issues are properly identified by the technicians and they are solved by using actual files.

In this way design issues are solved by technicians by executing clash detection services in Navisworks. 

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Revit modeling services: How do modelers coordinate with each other in Revit?

Revit modeling services are considered as one of the most crucial preconstruction engineering services that are highly important for architects and engineers. When it comes to building construction, 3D Revit models are regarded as extremely important instruments for ACE professionals. Since these models are developed with the full coordination of design development teams, they are always equipped with accurate information that remains the pre-requisite for any construction project.

One of the main requirements of architects and engineers for seamless construction is accurate information. Inaccurate information can adversely affect the actual onsite construction process by creating hurdles for engineers in terms of reworks.    

So developing accurate 3D models is the key for successfully executing building projects. 3D models which are created by using Revit are often considered of high quality. The main reason for their accuracy is that the digital information can be fully shared between all the design development team members in Revit. Its worksharing feature is regarded as highly crucial for architect, engineers and BIM modelers. Whenever a Revit project is executed, Revit server is optimized by design development teams for the purpose of sharing information related to the project.

Revit server helps unite the entire design team members who can work collaboratively with the assistance of a central model. I am sure you must be thinking, what is a central model. Well, a central model can be understood as a main model which is saved by the design team in a shared location from where it can be easily approached by BIM modelers working on the project. What actually happens is that, its copy is saved by individual members in their local workstations and this allows them to work independently.

So in this way all the members can work together in a same model. In case anyone want to make changes in the central model, he can optimize ‘save to central file’ option in Revit to save the changes in the model.  By clicking on ‘save to central file’ it becomes evident that Revit user wants to update the changes in the main model.

So in this way, all the modelers can fully optimize Revit’s tools and features for developing effective 3D models.