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Why BIM?

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Why BIM?

Using the latest in technology is an important part of how things are ran here at divelept. Every project we do is done in BIM. Why? Because it helps save our clients time and money during construction.

We have recently received the structural drawings on one of our current projects. In this instance the structural engineer is not using 3d software, so we are left to model the beam and columns. Here is a quick video of the project with only the structural steel showing. Pretty cool huh.

Beam to Window

After looking at the model we have found a number of "oh man"s. Most of them were just move a wall a couple of inches here, move a column a couple of inches there, not really major stuff. In fact, it is down right simple to move those things while the whole project is still in the computer. But it gets a lot more heated when those things need to be moved after they have been built. NOT FUN. Simple things like this beam hanging below the soffit can be are important to catch while everything is still digital. Because this soffit is actually over 100 feet long there might be some knock on effect by just lowering the soffit a couple of inches. 

The additional coordination that happens just by building a computer model of your project is important to a successful construction process. If you are going to build something, insist that your architect is using BIM.

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I love technology...

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I love technology...

I was recently describing some of the ways that di'velept is different from other firms. One of the main things that we do to differentiate ourselves is our use of technology. A lot of small firms are not known for being up to date on all of the latest trends in tech. We are trying to buck that trend.

Every project that goes through our office is model in 3d. Many of them are hosted on the cloud so that anyone we give access to can see the most up to date drawings at any time. Pretty cool right? Sometimes it feels like star trek over here.

Doing 3d models for every project give us the ability to resolve conflicts during design and helps our clients be able to visualize the spaces we are designing. One of the tools we feel is really helpful is 3D panoramas. Check out this link for an example. 

http://pano.autodesk.com/pano.html?url=jpgs/18c9b6aa-4f2c-41b1-b8f6-b7b286db24c8

We love using these images because they allow everyone to be on the same page. Even people who can't make heads or tails of plans can understand these images.

Another technology we love is computer daylight analysis. Does your kitchen have enough windows, or maybe to many? We can you use our technology to see just how much light you can expect, like this image that shows the light distribution in a living kitchen space.

Today's post is super short, but I was just in awe of the technology that I get to use so it was worth a share.

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