The project we were involved in was completely executed in Building Information Modeling methodology (BIM), which allowed us to collaborate with other trades. Using models from other sectors, we were able to fit solutions for how the façade should be fixed. The precise model of the structure allowed us to place the brackets on it and analyse the static work of the object.
The parameters with which the project was set up allowed for a wide range of activities supporting traditional design. At a fairly early stage, we were able to predict, for example, the required material consumption for the project. Managing the project in the BIM methodology can bring a lot of benefits not only concerning the comfort of work, but also prevention of unexpected costs.
The project proved to be an excellent foundation for design solution discussions. Due to the model, analyses could be started at a quite early stage. This made it possible to exclude incorrect solutions which could generate large costs due to collisions impossible to detect in the case of 2D implementation.
The completed model is a source of a lot of useful information. Thanks to it, we can find out when the elements were manufactured and installed. The information contained in the models is also a source of necessary information for the later servicing and operation of the façade. The model can completely replace the as built paper documentation – it is much more convenient to search for information created at the construction stage.
Also, the structural column covers were modelled. Thanks to the possibility of integration between BIM design programmes (Autodesk Revit) and programmes which allow for generating workshop drawings (Autodesk Inventor, Solid Edge), we created production documentation.
This approach allowed us to first coordinate the shell elements with the structure of the object, and then make precise documentation for their production in the form of STEP files. This workflow allows us to produce elements from the design using CNC router machines. Not only is this solution extremely precise, but it also saves the time needed to produce the 2D documentation, develop the sheet metal, correctly position the holes, and order the material needed to make them.
If you need project coordination and support with BIM modelling, as well as workshop documentation creation let us know your challenge and we will find a bespoke solution for you!