Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Significance of Copy/Monitor tool for Revit users

Copy/Monitor tool that is incorporated in Revit helps design development team members in monitoring changes implemented in the model elements of multidiscipline models. Coordination reviews and interference checking that are conducted by design and construction professionals cannot be accomplished without the assistance of Copy/Monitor tool. Both coordination review and interference checking are quintessential part of design development phase. Coordination review process is intrinsic for communicating design alterations across multiple design developments teams. And thus Copy/Monitor tool remains at the heart of interdisciplinary coordination and collaboration in Revit.  

How and when to use Copy/Monitor tool
      ·         Design development team members must use Copy/Monitor tool to identify the changes that have been made to model elements of architectural, structural and MEP models
   ·         Changes are monitored when coordination review is undertaken by the users during design development.
   ·         Excess use of Copy/Monitor tool in the absence of effective planning can lead to poor performance.
   ·         Copy/Monitor tool is extremely effective when multiple teams jointly work on a single project as effective observation and coordination of work can lead to reduction of mistakes. Expensive rework can also be eliminated in this way.
   ·         For maintaining proper monitoring relationships Revit users must be cautious enough not to change the file name when a model is linked to a host model. When a model is linked to a host model and monitoring relationships have been established for the model elements users should not change the file name after that. If in case file name is change after a model is linked and monitoring relationships are established, it would end up the monitoring relationship.
  ·         When Copy/Monitor tool is used by a structural engineer for copying columns from an architectural model to his structural model he must not forget to use ‘Split Columns By Level’ option.
  ·         Copy/Monitor tool can be used by Revit users for copying a floor from an architectural model to add it in the structural model. For using it as a structural floor its properties are edited by structural design team in Revit structure.

So in this way Copy/Monitor tool can be used for various reasons by Revit users. 

Monday, 29 December 2014

Architectural modeling a process of designing magnificent structures

Architectural modeling is an intrinsic and effective phase in building construction as the entire formation of a building largely depends on its architectural design. That means the design and construction of other building trades such as structure and MEP totally relies on architectural design. In other words structure of a building is developed for providing support to its architecture. Building architecture kept on evolving over the years and has broken all the boundaries in terms of discovering new architectural forms.

Building architecture kept on transforming and evolving as master builders kept on experimenting with their creativity. With the passage of time old architectural forms were replaced by new building architecture. As technology started to influence human lifestyle, human development stated with a high pace. The technological advancements are somewhere or the other accountable for the architectural transformation. Over the decades, technology has been adopted by every industry for enhancing its growth and AEC industry is seriously no exception in this case.

It also experimented with software technology for simplifying construction process which proved to be highly effective and successful. Design and construction professionals started to use CAD and BIM software for simplifying preconstruction engineering work. Software like AutoCAD and Revit brought huge changes in drafting and modeling process. Digital drafting and modeling started to make its presence among AEC industry professionals. Architectural modeling done with the assistance of computer software such as Revit immensely helped design and construction professionals in developing innovative architectural designs. Since digital design can be altered quickly design development teams explore numerous design options before finalizing actual architectural design for a building in question.  Dynamic architectural designs are developed in the contemporary period with the assistance of high end architectural modeling software. A design is fully analyzed by design and construction professionals in terms of its shape, size and effectiveness before it is finalized.

Gorgeous looking and high performing buildings are the results of effective architectural modeling services that are executed in the preconstruction stage with the assistance of architects and high end modeling software.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

BIM coordination and Clash detection services improve precision and accuracy of 3D models!

Building Information Modeling which is implemented and administered on every construction project depends absolutely and thoroughly on 3D BIM models for accomplishing it. In other words since the time BIM has been embraced and adopted by design and construction professionals they completely rely on 3D multidiscipline models for the accomplishment of the project.  

Responsibility and accountability of developing various multidiscipline models lies on different design development teams. These individual design development teams are only answerable and accountable for creating their individual model. Though it is true that when these BIM models are developed in a service providing company their members work together and they do share necessary information among each other but there still lie doubts and confusions when it comes to the accuracy of the design.

And hence it becomes extremely necessary and paramount for the design development teams to execute BIM coordination and clash detection services for improving the accuracy, precision   and exactness of 3D models.

3D models are never coordinated and synchronized with each other until and unless clash detection services are executed. So for conducting and executing clash detection services, the availability and accessibility of Navisworks is very important for the team responsible for executing the services. 

One by one Revit files are imported by them in Navisworks which are crucial and decisive for administering clash detection services. When the files of all the multidiscipline 3D models are transported in Navisworks from Revit it then becomes mandatory and essential to convert all the Revit files into Navisworks file formats. The successful conversion of Revit files into Navisworks files formats ultimately leads to conducting clash tests. For which Navisworks users have to access clash detective tool and they need to bring the files one by one in it for performing clash test.  Clash test is actually a test that is conducted between the model elements of different building models to recognize whether they interfere with each other or not.

So when all the potential model elements are checked for interference between each other they can then be coordinated together. A coordination model which is known for being free from all kinds of discrepancies helps in developing effectual and error free buildings. 

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Clash detection services are effectual, constructive and advantageous for error free construction!

Since the time the concept of clash detection services have entered in the landscapes of AEC industry it has really become commodious for architects and engineers to carry out on site construction. The concept of clash detection between multidiscipline 3D models is largely endorsed or facilitated by Building Information Modeling technology. BIM technology is embraced and accepted by Architectural Engineering and Construction industry professionals on the principles of maintaining accuracy and reliability in construction process. Identifying clashes between model elements is one crucial agenda of BIM which ultimately facilitates seamless and flawless   on site construction.

Clash detection services are executed with the assistance of accomplished, proficient and competent technician and modelers of engineering service providing company.  Clashes and discrepancies between multidiscipline models are identified and discovered with the assistance of high end software such as Navisworks. And the competent technicians of service providing company are highly proficient and experienced in handling such sophisticated software.

Since all the multidiscipline models are developed and generated by divergent design development teams it is pronounced and obvious that there may face coordination problems between them in terms of the location of their elements. So to sort out and identify such coordination problems clash detection services are executed by the modelers of service providing company. Clashes can be identified by the technicians between the elements of any two multidiscipline models such as structural elements and architectural elements. So modelers and designers accountable for executing clash detection services have to select two elements from separate models and run a clash test on them in Navisworks. The results and outcomes of the clash tests are reflected or can be observed in Results tab in Navisworks. Depending upon the gravity, seriousness and significance of these clashes they are resolved by the modelers.

When clashes are identified Navisworks highlights and accentuates them with colors so that users can continently recognize them.  In this way all the substantial and crucial clashes are discovered by modelers after which reasonable and practicable solutions are provided for sorting them out.

In this way clash detection services refine and improve the accuracy and perfection of 3D models which ultimately supports in error free construction