A few decades back, you relied on hand-drawn architectural sketches to get a sense of the final look of your construction projects. Then came computer aided design (CAD), which was used almost exclusively for construction drawings until recently. Even though AutoCAD provided digital tools for modeling a building and its components, much of the process was still manual and tedious- until Building Information Modeling (BIM).
What is BIM?
BIM is a process for working collaboratively in design from one three-dimensional model. For senior living facility owners, this means that all components of a facility–including walls, windows, columns, floors, HVAC equipment, etc.–are all being modeled in 3D space. This translates into a virtual construction site, where a building is being constructed ‘virtually’ prior to a shovel ever being lifted on the site. Autodesk dominates the BIM market with a software called Revit.
Revit shifts designers from using unintelligent lines and shapes on a piece of paper to placing intelligent objects, all interconnected, into a 3D model of your senior living facility. Obviously, this level of sophistication offers you a much more thorough level of design and coordination.
Everyone in the construction industry can benefit from BIM. While architects are the best-known beneficiaries, BIM software such as Revit caters to owners, design teams, engineers, general contractors, and construction managers as well.
These are the most significant advantages of utilizing BIM:
- Better Project Coordination
- Traditionally, architects and engineers analyze 2D CAD plans as part of their project coordination process. These more antiquated processes force designers to flip among numerous architectural, structural, and mechanical sets to avoid drawing conflicts.
- With Revit, the process becomes more streamlined as all aspects of the project are in one place for every team member to access and use.
- Reduced Human Errors
- When an architect has outsourced structural and MEP engineering tasks, human error naturally increases due to relying on numerous other individuals to catch drawing conflicts.
- When used properly, designers can easily pinpoint potential coordination issues in a drawing set.
- Reduced Conflicts
- Revit understands how buildings are assembled and can run full conflict checks. Any identified conflicts–such as a mechanical duct running through a steel beam–alert the designer via a conflict report.
Here’s the Thing!
To harness these efficient and time-saving benefits, all design disciplines (i.e., architecture, structural, and MEP) must be modeled in Revit.
What does it mean for you?
Vida4 integrates ALL the design segments and phases exclusively into Revit, creating a better experience for our clients and other stakeholders.
For senior living property owners, this translates to fewer drawing omissions, increased project coordination, reduced in-field rework or change orders, and—ultimately–a faster project schedule.