Architectural BIM design and detailing services.

BIM is an acronym. It stands for Building Information Modeling. This is a modern approach to architectural and engineering design where 3D model structures are utilized to achieve efficient constructions and infrastructure. These services are divided into so many categories that work as a unit to achieve a modern based infrastructure.

Here at INDBIM, we often collaborate with architects on BIM modeling, content development, and implementation. One part of that service involves converting 2D drawings you’ve worked with for years into a more fully realized BIM document. This gives you a 3D representation of what your building is going to look like from the exterior to the interior. As a major benefit, it’s going to help you speed up many of your projects that otherwise would take months to do.

One thing to keep in mind about BIM software is it’s not always about just the construction and design of a building. It’s meant to develop your design so the owner of the building can use it as a reference point of data later. During the initial design phase, we’ll add specific BIM levels of detailing, that help you input data about building materials or even technologies being installed. This then becomes used for reference when the building owner decides they want to remodel the building in future years.

Being able to view all of your construction drawing stages without errors is likely something you’ve wanted for years. It’s easy to make mistakes when drawing out a complete 2D design of an elaborate facility. Even if you’ve made few errors in your career, it could cost you your reputation if it occurs now. We’re available to work directly with you on designing all construction stages for better documentation and cost control. The latter will help contractors you’re working with immensely since they’ll have the pressures of building your design within a projected budget.

Another mistake you’ll avoid working with BIM is the problem of omissions during construction. You may forget to add a small detail when doing your 2D drawings, leading to cost overruns to add the detail after construction completes. BIM software is at a place now technologically where you can realize a building through its complete lifecycle. Since you can store it like a digital file, it’s accessible at any time. This includes on mobile devices when you’re on the go.

You may work closely with your client, but it’s easy to become complacent to this when you have multiple people working on a construction project. BIM is going to bring a more collaborative system using digital technology so everyone is on the same page about the facility’s design details. We work well with architects, contractors, and builders to help realize all methods of facility construction.

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Architectural workflow

The architectural workflow, for many firms, has remained the same since the initial rolling-out of CAD software. Some firms have yet to convert the architectural design workflow from a 2D design and drafting production workflow into a 3D BIM model-based workflow. The 3D BIM model of the project is a powerful base of information from which all other documentation should flow from, and not into. Integrating 3D CAD design services in the beginning of project uses CAD technology to its fullest, will save man-hours of drafting and detailing production, and provides for less in-field construction conflicts.

3D BIM model-centric design moves away from using CAD as a 2D drafting tool, producing orthographic views to represent the 3D structure, to putting the 3D model at the center of the design project and following a set of work processes, or roadmap which is specifically created to use 3D BIM model data to support all five phases of the architectural workflow.

The results of model-based design include:

  1. dimensional accuracy is forced throughout all documentation phases
  2. consistent floor plans data is accessible to MEP disciplines
  3. engineering programs for structural integrity, energy efficiency, etc.
  4. High 2D drafting productivity for generating sections and elevations
  5. accurate estimation of quantity take-offs for vendor bids
  6. efficient updating of schedules and specifications for contractor bids
  7. full systems coordination and interference prevention

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.

INDBIM skilled architectural BIM technicians will relieve your firm from hiring and training the staff required to build an accurate model with geometric integrity, proper layering, underlying data, and symbology. All future phases of the architectural workflow heavily depend on this central source of design data. With the latest versions of innovative software programs such as Revit, 3D Studio Max, AutoCAD and more, our services can build your 3D BIM model in a fashion ready for proficient design and construction drawing phases.

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.

Project deliverables in this phase also include the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and life safety engineering drawings. MEP building services layout can and should be performed within the 3D model whenever possible. One model accessible to all disciplines ensures clearances are maintained and lessens the amount of field re-work. A proven path to increase an architectural firm’s reputation lies in presenting projects within budget, adhering to the client’s scope of work, and decreasing the amount of engineering change notices caused by system conflicts.

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. As a 3D BIM model is created, underlying data can be assigned to walls, floors, the building envelope; and when the MEP layouts are also a part of the 3D BIM model and utilize tagged graphical components as opposed to 2D line/circle/arc elements, supporting documentation can be automatically generated with a minimal of input and completion from drafters.

A 3D structural steel model not only supports engineering analysis for structural integrity, but the model can also hold steel and concrete rebar component information crucial for later construction erection and piece detail information. Embedding architectural element and systems component information as underlying data to the graphical representation of a structure should be included in the design development phase so that it can be automatically generated when producing construction documentation.