Building Information Modeling is becoming increasingly vital for modern construction projects. Not only does it provide a digital representation of a building project, it also allows facilitates greater levels of collaboration and interoperability within the design environment.
At XS CAD, we provide Building Information Modeling Services (or BIM Services as they commonly known) using Autodesk Revit. Autodesk Revit is a multi-directional, database controlled application which allows changes in one location to be replicated automatically in all other areas where the changed item appears (including layouts, elevations, schedules or the 3D model itself).
By using Autodesk Architecture, Autodesk MEP and Autodesk Structures, we are able to create design data for a single construction project with the same family of software. This level of interoperability provides obvious time and cost benefits but also allows the entire project team to view the impact of their individual designs with those of others and to resolve conflicts based on this knowledge.
As part of our BIM service we are able to maintain all elements of a BIM model within our Integrated Project Deliveryapproach or provide a BIM service to one party involved in a BIM project but without the expertise for BIM model creation and management.
We currently use BIM modeling software for the following project and customer types:
BIM for Retail – we create Revit BIM models that are used to create detailed plans, sections and elevations as well as accurate equipment and fixture schedules.
BIM Models from Point Cloud & Laser Surveys – we create 3d architectural models from 3d laser survey data. We already work with a number of developers, contractors and retailers to enable accurate models of existing sites to be created. Such models include all current building elements such as beams, columns, internal walls etc. As well as creation of the 3d model in Revit from point cloud data, we will also model any building alterations and changes from architectural and structural drawings such as false ceiling and additional structural elements.
BIM for Homebuilders – we create construction drawing sets directly from BIM models created for each house. As well as accurate schedules, a full set of drawings, required for construction teams, is created from the BIM software.
BIM for Architects – we create models during the design development, tender and construction stages of architectural design projects. As well as creation of clash free models with accurate building materials, we create detailed schedules from the models.
BIM for MEP Contractors and Designers – having already created 3D MEP (M&E) coordinated models for a number of years with non BIM software, we have migrated to Revit BIM software seamlessly, providing customers with MEP BIM models, complete with detailed schedules and manufacturing information.
One of the key differences between modern BIM technology and traditional software is that BIM software is written and developed for the design of buildings and their components. The objects created within BIM models represent actual elements within a construction project and therefore this information becomes more useful to designers, installers and cost consultants.
As part of our BIM Modeling service we also create BIM or family data for Revit Architecture and Revit MEP. This data encompasses physical and graphical elements as well as technical and manufacturer information for the element being modeled. Another key benefit of BIM models are the parametric properties and family properties assigned to models. Parametric modeling allows controlled and dynamic manipulation of models. This allows models to be changed quickly and easily within their range of parameters while also maintaining physical appearance and ‘model information’ within all areas automatically.