XSCAD look at crucial developments in 3D modelling

The Director of Building Information Modelling services corporation XSCAD has listed what he believes to be the most ‘crucial developments’ within the world of 3D modelling in recent years.

Kuldeep Bwail took to Go Articles to posts his views on how building projects have benefited from various revolutionary changes within the last decade. Bwail lists BIM as the main development that has completely transformed architecture, engineering and construction. He notes that BIM’s versatility of use across a range of disciplines and not just construction or infrastructure is what makes the technology so ground-breaking. He said: “The fact that there are BIM tools more intelligent than ever and also which work across disciplines, such as architecture, structural engineering, and building services engineering, increases interdisciplinary coordination and reduces construction waste and rework.


“For instance, the BIM models created using Autodesk Revit Architecture and Revit MEP can be used by building service designers for developing concept designs, schematics, and tender drawings. The same parametric model can be worked upon and used by contractors to create detailed installation and 3D MEP (M&E) coordinated drawings. Not only does BIM allow creation of a coordinated 3D model, it also allows for information to be added to the model that can be used for project-critical purposes, including schedule creation, cost estimation, energy analysis and facilities management.”


Bwail also hails inter-disciplinary collaboration between the many stakeholders in building projects. Thanks to the ability for all parties involved to access a BIM model at any stage, each stakeholder has a greater understanding of how the other works. Bwail states:


“There is a far greater degree of interdisciplinary coordination between different stakeholders involved in AEC projects. As a result, architects, structural engineers, MEP consultants, MEP engineers, main contractors (general contractors), cost estimators, and fabricators can seamlessly collaborate during the design and planning stages and avoid costly rework during the construction stages. Due to cloud-based collaboration tools, team members can hold review sessions online without having to be physically present together.”


Changes in Government attitudes were also applauded as industry-changing factors. Bwail lists the UK, US, Norway, Denmark, Singapore and South Korea as nations whose leaders are making sufficient or major headway in pushing BIM.


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