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Building Information Modeling

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Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Traditional design of new buildings (and infrastructure) has until recently been largely reliant upon two-dimensional drawings such as General Arrangement Plans, Elevations and Sections. Whilst 3D software has been available for a number of years, Building Information Modelling (BIM) extends this, augmenting the three primary spatial dimensions with both time and material properties, thus allowing estimation of costs as well as material tracking and ordering.

The ultimate aim of BIM is to enable each professional (architects, surveyors, civil, structural and building services engineers etc) to add discipline-specific data to the single shared virtual information model that can be handed from the design team to the main contractor and then on to the owner/operator. The model produced provides a coordinated information resource for the Building (or infrastructure element), which will provide a reliable basis for decisions during its life cycle, from earliest conception to demolition.

In view of the above, Atkinson Peck has invested heavily in Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies, many of which can be dynamically linked. These software components include:-

• Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite is a comprehensive software solution combining the tools to plan, design, build and manage utility and civil infrastructure. AutoCAD Civil 3D is designed to support all types of civil engineering projects, from site design and local roads, to major highways, and utilizes three-dimensional, dynamic, model-based design technology.

• Micro Drainage WinDes DrawNet takes the functionality of the System1 module and advances it into a live, fully interactive graphical interface, allowing designs to be produced graphically. Additionally DrawNet(CAD) provides an interactive ‘Civil 3D’ interface to enable design and editing of drainage layouts within the AutoCAD environment.

• Autodesk Revit Structure Autodesk Revit Structure software improves the way structural engineers work, helping minimize repetitive tasks and reduce coordination errors. Created analytical models contain information such as loads, member sizes, and release conditions to produce a consistent analytical representation of the physical structure. The analytical model can subsequently be linked to a structural analysis packages such as ‘Masterseries Building Design Suite’.

• Masterseries Building Design Suite MasterCAD provides MasterFrame with two distinct functions. Full 2-way BIM links with ‘Revit Structure’ and as a drawing production centre.

If you consider that these technologies will be of benefit to the implementation of your project or require further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.