How Revit for BIM Helps Small Firms to Work Big & Save Money

Sep 8, 2016 -- 3D modeling using BIM improves productivity across the building design project. Compared to 2D drawing process, the level of collaboration between different stakeholders involved in the construction project with BIM is significant. It alerts collaborators about the clashes between systems, enabling the building design to be collision free, which would not have been possible in case of a 2D process.

While benefits of BIM are well documented, so are its myths; and, the major one is that BIM is an expensive tool that only major firms can afford to have it. In reality however, the ROI on BIM is something that small firms often fail to realize. This is what we do at Hi-Tech CADD Services – making smaller firm realize the potential of BIM and transform their 2D processes to 3D informative and collaborative processes.

For an architecture firm in Australia, we delivered 3D modeling services to help the client design a mixed use building in Brisbane that was planned to be developed over a rail yard spread across 210 million sq. ft. 3D modeling using Revit improved the efficiency and allowed generating drawings faster, that enabled the client to remain competitive with the cost and expend more time on improving the design.

Moreover, building products manufacturers are now developing 3D component families for their products. The 3D environment thus ensures that all the pieces of the building design will fit together. The ability of Revit to remain inter-operable with AutoCAD allows seamless communication between multiple consultants involved in the project in a model-based environment.

Hi-Tech delivered similar service of creating 3D component families of 150 pluming products for a manufacturer in U.S. It involved converting 2D information of the product design to accurate 3D models with integration of engineering data and other properties. The detailed component families opened up new opportunities for client, by making them reusable by architects for different building design projects.

For smaller firms, the other key benefit of Revit apart from efficiency is the ability to estimate and schedule items in the design. This provides significant help during the accounting for cost estimation.  For a Project Management Solutions Provider in Saudi Arabia, Hi-Tech assisted in developing detailed BIM for university hospital building as per AIA standards. The as-built model of the building consisting of construction sequencing and cost details enabled the client to complete the project on time with reduced risk of errors, clashes and material wastage.

The speed and accuracy in project handling is only one side of the equation. The benefits of BIM are also on the other side, i.e. for the consumers. Selling ideas to end customers is quick due to 3D environment. Rather than spending time on post-production, Revit models can be directly used for marketing collaterals and hence speeds up the marketing stage as well. Owners and developers love to see the 3D isometric views, since it helps them visualize the design easily. Also, with the built-in features of Revit, delivering 2D drawings for submittal is easy and do not require focus on drafting conventions and standards.

Apart from reviewing, Revit’s 3D environment can help smaller firms to up-sell other services. For example, if a client is hiring your company for 3D visualization, you can easily up-sell development of floor plans for elevation and marketing requirements. For an engineering firm in US, we were able to up-sell our services and developed structural and construction floor plans for a hospitality project, which not only helped in reducing wastage but also shortened the delivery schedule.

Revit for BIM thus helps in banking valuable time and further enables smaller firms to expand their business offerings, which precisely answers their budgetary concerns on adopting the 3D modeling platform.

At Hitech, we have been helping smaller firms interested in BIM technology, but are skeptical about its benefits due to budget constraints. From converting traditional 2D practices to full BIM compliant 3D informative modeling, our teams have helped smaller firms from across the globe to work big and save money.

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