3D Modeling Services
Steel Partners uses state of the art software to produce drawings, renderings and estimations for our steel projects. This enables us to reduce margin of error and save you the client time and money. Learn more how we use 3D modeling in construction.
3D Modeling in Construction
Architecture and the use of steel in construction have become more ambitious over the last few years as construction methods have expanded and improved. The design process has become much more complex and companies everywhere are using 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to simplify the engineering and design of a building. This article explores the use of BIM software in the construction industry and how it is most commonly used today.
Building Information Modeling
Building Information Modeling provides highly accurate, highly detailed, and highly constructible 3D models to be produced that apply to every stage of the construction process. These design models always represent the “as built” condition of the potential building. Using 3D modeling software can speed up the entire construction process, allowing every stage to be completed as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.
More than just computer aided design, 3D modeling supports teamwork between the different people involved in the construction process, including architects, designers, steel and concrete detailers, manufacturers, engineers, and contractors. When you have such a highly detailed model available before you’ve even broken ground – something that can be shared with an entire project team – visually demonstrating planning and progress, it will lead to efficiency and quick solutions. When 3D models are used, project teams can see every steel component used in the building – and where the steel has been used.
Most software programs even come with multi-user capabilities, enabling fast and fluent collaborations among everyone involved. This allows the complex but eye-catching design of modern steel buildings to become a quick reality. Many iconic structures have been completed using 3D modeling such as the CCTV Towers in Beijing for example.
Many of the buildings you are familiar with today have been designed and customized using 3D modeling. Using the software dramatically decreases on-site errors, helps provide accurate project cost estimates, and can even provide an alternative option if something doesn’t work out. 3D modeling has helped improve construction sites world-wide.
A lot of companies prefer to use Tekla, Revit, or ArchiCAD as their virtual construction modeling software. Deciding which platform makes sense for your company is just a matter of personal choice. Regardless, architects, steel detailers, and contractors across the industry agree that if you want to be successful in this industry, you need to be using some platform of 3D modeling software.
It certainly makes sense doesn’t it? That you should visualize a multi-million dollar project (or even a low-budget project) before you just dive in? If you’re going to invest your time and money into something, you want to make sure everything goes right the first time around. 3D modeling ensures this will happen with your construction projects more times than not.
Architectural Record http://archrecord.construction.com/resources/conteduc/archives/03013Dmodel-1.asp