Hosted by ARCHVISTA
July 29, 2010 | 12:00PM - 1:30 PM | Pacific Time
Thomas M. Simmons
President, ARCHVISTA Building Technologies
The benefits of creating a Construction Model are now very clear and the savings are being realized by owners, architects, general contractors and subcontractors who are employing these techniques. Graphisoft's ArchiCAD is used to create an accurate 3D model but when also used during this phase for construction analysis, many of the errors common in construction projects can be eliminated.
The creation of the 3D model enhances trade coordination, supports estimating as a parallel process and serves as the primary connection point for downstream applications.
For the George Lucas new corporate campus in the Presidio, at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, in San Francisco, a construction model was created from a set of 2D drawings to help to communicate to the general contractor and the subcontractors exactly what needed to be built. How successful was it? To quote Tom Brady, who was the construction manager and was speaking at the ASC Construction Management Conference in February 2004, "I believe that in five years, every major project will employ a building model". Kajima in the UK has also taken 2D drawings and turned them into a 3D construction model. The result? - The elimination of many coordination problems, delivering significant savings on the project.
The benefits of this technology and it's innovative process include:
- The integration of design & estimating
- The creation of cost calculations
- The creation, analysis and optimization of schedules
- Constructability analysis
- Design to build/build to design processes
- Risk reduction
- Reduction in subcontractor costs
- Management of contractual issues and claims
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