A nice account from experienced architects on how 3D has changed and keeps changing the professional practice – and why it is critical.
Now imagine if all the professionals and customers mentioned here could walk into a shared 3D world version of the architectural design and experience it, not just see it! How much of these advantages could surface? How much more efficiency could be achieved?
The Bommarito Group: Architectural design in 3D
A lot has changed over the last 26 years, and we pride ourselves on staying ahead of that change to the benefit of our clients. To that end, 4 years ago we replaced our traditional, two-dimensional computer-aided design (CAD) program with the new, industry standard, three-dimensional program called Autodesk Revit Architecture. We were one of the first firms in the area to adopt this new technology, and it has radically changed the way we design projects.
Two-dimensional design is essentially lines on a page. Unless you are an architect by training or have a natural knack for visualizing space, it is very difficult to get a clear idea of the finished product from looking at two-dimensional drawings; consequently, what is built doesn’t always match the picture in a client’s head. Unfortunately, this can lead to expensive changes during the build-out process or clients choosing to live with space that they’re not excited about, both of which are outcomes we work hard to avoid.
It’s also challenging to effectively coordinate two dimensional designs with structural, mechanical and electrical engineers. Miss a line on a wall and you end up with a room that’s the wrong size. Fail to effectively communicate spacing, and you may have beams protruding through the ceiling grid.
With Revit, much of this uncertainty and lack of clarity is eliminated. All design is 3D, so clients can see lifelike renderings of how their space will actually look when built. Rather than drawing lines, you tell the system where to include a wall and how big to make it. If there are conflicts, the system identifies them long before the build-out begins.
The software is database driven, so we can design a room with specific pieces of furniture, right down to the brand and model, included. Our clients will know exactly how the items will fit into each room—no more guesswork. It also helps with cost estimates, as the system provides pricing for each piece of material that is necessary for a room’s construction.
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Since Revit removes much of the tedium of hand drawing architectural sheets, we now spend 20%-25% less time per sheet on this part of the process. This is time we can devote to focusing on actual design, which is of the most value to our clients.