All Our Work Is 3D
Most clients struggle to “read” a 2D drawing. The world around them is all in 3D and so interpreting the artificial representation that is a conventional plan or elevation can be a real barrier to the understanding of their own project. Given the significant investment in money, time and emotions that every project involves, the least a client should expect is to fully understand the design before work starts on site. Design changes before work starts are not expensive and do not usually delay a project, but once building work starts they can result in considerable cost and delay.
2001 we started using an early version of what is now one of the leading 3D design tools (Archicad) and our experience means that we are now at the forefront of 3D design technology. The efficiencies that it brings us allows us to punch above our weight in terms of the quality of service that we offer our clients, even on complex projects.
What’s The Client Experience?
The immediate benefit is being able to walk around you project inside and out before work starts to help you fully understand the design in depth and refine your requirements. You can see what you are going to pay the builder to construct in every detail. We send you a 3D file that will run on your own computer or tablet, using free software that runs on all major operating systems.
How Does It Work?
Most of our work involves changes or additions to existing buildings and so the first thing we do is create a 3D model of the building as it stands. We can then “demolish” the parts of the building that are not required and add new items that are. We can show you at any time the comparison between existing and proposed. Everything we model is packed with useful information about areas, materials, specifications, quantities and that enables the automatic generation of highly accurate schedules for contractors to price.
Does It Work On Site?
The detailed, fully coordinated drawings and specifications produced from the model help the contractor understand and execute the design more easily, leading to less rework and a better finished. There were fewer time-consuming misunderstandings and requests for clarification. Recent innovation in the use of tablets means that we can now give the client and contractor access to the 3D model, all the 2D drawings and the fully detailed specification from one file.