BIM and the Design Process

Design and modelling

In selecting a 3D modelling package, Flood Precast considered how it might also be used to facilitate its own design work and how it might link up with its production processes.
Today, for all production lines, the initial 2D designs are created in AutoCAD for approval by the project consultants. Then, further details are added, also using AutoCAD with the addition of plugins. Competing technologies used by most steel frame manufacturers enable the design to be created in a 3D environment, with the further details needed for production already built into the 3D elements. Once the design is approved, the production drawings can be generated from the 3D model with very little additional work. The adoption of this technology will enhance competitiveness, reduce lead in times and improve productivity within the design function.

How BIM Can Improve the Design Process

When there is lack of proper coordination between the stakeholders during construction, waste of resources and project delays are experienced leading to cost increase. However, with BIM, a virtual model of the building can be created in advance to ensure precision from start to end of the construction project. Since this process is carried out virtually, constructors and engineers can get a clear picture of what the finished product will look like and consequently identify and resolve the possible design and operational challenges. This is very beneficial to any construction business seeing as stakeholders are assured of better results because the construction works can run interruptedly, and the project can be completed based on the project budget and schedule.

3D Internal Stairs

Precast Strairs erected onto a steel frame structure

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