Construction planning has changed a lot over the past few decades. In the 80s, engineers hand drew 2D electrical, plumbing, and HVAC layouts using rulers, pencils, and many erasers. This process not only took knowledge but precision. We later advanced to CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) technology, allowing us to make our 2D drawings on the computer. This process became quicker but still needed lots of precision to be successful. At Integrated Design, we use BIM technologies to ensure the most accurate drawings and to keep to industry standards. Today, using BIM technology, we can model accurate content to exact industry standards and coordinate inside a 3D world as we progress our work for specific projects.
BIM stands for Building Information Modeling. BIM is a digital representation of a physical place in the context of construction. BIM is not software but a generic term that describes the various processes used to create 3D layouts. Many facets of the construction and engineering field use BIM technology. Engineers, architects, and designers like ourselves, use these programs because they ensure accuracy and help us do a better job.
We use three main programs to create our BIM layouts: Navisworks, Revit, and Autodesk Fabrication. This software allows us to go inside a to-scale 3D model of the engineers' plans. Installment Companies hire us to enhance the engineer's drawings using BIM coordination to create plans with accurate parts that installers can follow. We also make sure that our drawings are not going to class with other MEP (stands for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing). We collaborate with other companies to ensure that all elements of the MEP work functionally together.
When this collaboration process between companies is complete, it requires a BIM Manager. We offer BIM Management services that help projects have an overseer between all elements of MEP to ensure nothing will clash with one another.
Once completed, these drawings, companies can access a 3D model of their building with the MEP accurately mapped out as a resource if repairs or modifications are ever needed.
At Integrated Design, we never have a project that doesn't integrate BIM technology. The precision and efficiency are incomparable to any other approach. With BIM coordinated plans on the construction site, every part fits every time.