Staying at the Forefront of Innovative Design Techniques
Trewin Design Architects are always looking for new and innovative ways to ensure that they are at the forefront of design. With this in mind, we have now invested in Revit software and training, to enable us to deliver projects using Building Information Modelling (BIM). BIM is a ‘process’ that involves creating and using an intelligent 3D model to design, inform and communicate projects. It supports more collaborative working for the entire building team.
What does this mean for our clients? Well, frequently they struggle to visualise what a building will look like when all they have is a 2D drawing to look at. We realised the impact of this challenge recently when one of our clients decided to take the time to make their own cardboard mock-up in an attempt to have a 3D experience. Sadly, the results were inevitably somewhat disappointing, as you can see!
The exciting thing about Revit is that it allows our clients to interact and visually explore the 3D built form, without the need for a physical model. Now that they are able to really picture how a design will look when it is built, it is helping us to create an even better architect – client understanding and relationship, which will ultimately create better end result all around.
As well as improving the visualisation aspect, BIM is improving productivity, allowing greater coordination of construction documents, increasing speed of delivery and therefore impacting overall costs. It is changing how buildings, infrastructure and utilities are planned, designed, built and managed.
The government has set a target all centrally funded buildings being Level 2 BIM by 2016. So Trewin Design Architects are ahead of the game in terms of nationwide practices and the ever changing technologies within the industry.
Where will this lead us next?? Most certainly on an ever more exciting journey and maybe before long it will see us start presenting and walking around our virtual buildings. Watch this space!