To provide our customers with the best possible service, Reid Brewin Architects has been using Building Information Modelling (BIM) software for all of our major projects since 2011. The software we have chosen is ‘Revit’ and is produced by Autodesk, who also manage AutoCAD. This process enables us to make intelligent building models, which supports design development and the speed and accuracy of producing tender/construction documentation. By making Revit integral in our daily working practices, we gain numerous benefits, from the design phase through to construction, in particular facilitating the analysis of our ideas to ensure coherence in the overall design. Through simulation tools, we can predict performance before construction. For our clients, it guarantees the most efficient and effective solutions. It allows us to achieve the highest quality in design, construction and management.
Revit provides us with a unique environment to develop a virtual project for our clients. By using this software we can create precise 3D models of the project and into these models integrate all the elements critical to effective, efficient design and construction. We can produce information such as plans, sections, elevations and 3D views as well as analytical functions (light, structure, energy and quantities) included in the software.
As all the information is contained in one model rather than many separate files and can be worked on simultaneously by the various consultants, the project becomes more time and cost-effective to manage – an advantage that appeals to our clients and their contractors.
In formalising our procedures and defining quality standards, our team works collaboratively on the same 3D model to produce high-quality information with greater accuracy than the traditional methods. By working in this way our clients are assured of the best possible coordination between the design team, as well as help manage the budget and programme requirements correctly.