Schematic Design Phase
In this initial phase of conceptual design, architects focus on the scale of the structure and the relationship between building components. The form and function of spaces are decided within the process of building the 3D BIM model. Often architects will use specific software developed to enhance the concept model; a program such as SketchUp allows the architect to more easily build an initial architectural model. The first step in a 3D bim model-based workflow is converting these initial sketches into true 3D bim models to be used as the basis for further design. Partnering with INDBIM for 3D BIM modeling services is a cost-effective option to 3D model-based design.
Design Development Phase
This phase of architectural project and engineering design will consume the majority of the project and involves many man-hours of floor plan production and multiple engineering and client reviews which ultimately progress the project to design completion. The need for highly skilled architectural CAD technicians capable of isolating views from the 3D BIM model and adding appropriate dimension, details, and supporting text are essential. Firms that mistakenly focus on 2d floor plan development outside of a 3D bim model sacrifice the powerful tools inherent to 3D BIM which allow for the automatic generation of sectional and elevation views. Time, cost and accuracy are lost in a 2D-based model of design development.
Construction Document Phase
A properly designed 3D BIM model can also enhance this phase of design where not only detailed drawings dictate the final look and materials of construction, but also component data sheets, specifications, and material or component schedules are needed.