Revit: Modeling the Future
Multi-discipline Revit model illustrating the building systems of the Maricopa County New Court Tower in Phoenix, Arizona.
Maricopa County Court Tower animation courtesy of John Tocci, Gilbane Construction
We see direct benefits to utilizing 3D design and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Specifically, we see improvements in our day-to-day collaboration with all design partners which lends to greater focus on integrated project delivery. The overall process provides an opportunity for all team members to collaborate more intensely throughout all phases to develop a better final product. For example, the development of a discipline integrated, 3D model allows our engineers to be more connected to the architectural and structural challenges, specifically related to building material selection, equipment placement and building heating and cooling loads. We’re currently working with our design partners on a variety of projects to resolve interdisciplinary conflicts, lighting fixture placement, and building energy efficiency in the early phases of the project. We feel confident that early conflict resolution can help to reduce RFIs during construction and any related change orders. Simply put – reduce construction costs.
Additionally, the development of the 3D model for design purposes allows our engineers to iteratively work between energy analysis programs, such as Ecotect, Radiance, eQuest, Trace 700 and EnergyPro. Specifically, the Revit MEP 2010 model parameters, such as square footage, material, and program, are transferred directly to these programs without any data input. This translation between programs allows the design effort to be more focused on enhancing building system performance as it relates to architectural elements, thus customizing the engineering to support the architecture and interior program. We believe the results are better building energy performance, better system integration and overall lower cost (first and operational).