This post will take a brief overview of design, tender, construction to on site completion using a range of software to support each stage. The software is as crucial to each stage as are people and the processes form the 3 factors that lean of each other, without one it will be less effective. Each of the topics covered in this post will be further explored in the coming weeks…
Using an iPad and Autodesk FormIt Pro, a massing of geometry is created to determine our site constraints. Geo Locating of the site within FormIt will allow a shadow analysis to see any impact from or to the site context.
A solar analysis is then performed to see how the sun will impact on building orientation.
An energy assessment of the building by generating an Insight analysis further informs on building operational average costs taking into account glazing ratio, orientation, window type and various other factors.
Using the collaborate feature within FormIt, the geometry can be presented and discussed with the client by sharing a link while they and you are in completely different locations. Taking geometry from FormIt into Revit is an integrated workflow using the plugin within Revit. This means your are not updating a separate 3D file in parallel to your design drawings. All of the imported geometry can be converted into Revit object types.
Detailed Design –
Having brought your model and drawings to a level of detail using construction detailing and Revit types then further using that model to leverage additional information.
Within Revit construction rates can be applied to for example wall types, can have a square meter or linear rate, it will probably best to agree the rate with a QS or take it from a recent project.
In addition, all of the rates and their associated object or building elements can be scheduled into a spreadsheet of quantities required and then checked against a QS Bill of Quantities.
Taking the Revit model and bringing it to site. What does this mean ?? Ok, so we are used bring drawings to site, what if we could access the drawings on an iPad ? This is done using BIM 360 Field or BIM 360 Docs, Issues and inspections can be assigned to locations and accessed on site through your 3D Model on an iPad.