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Urban Design Group Using Building Information Modeling Software and Advanced 3-D Renderings


Urban Design Group (UDG), an award-winning architectural firm, just released 3-D renderings of their new office space currently being built out in the Prominence Building, a 19-story, Class A office tower strategically located in Buckhead. Urban Design Group is serving as their own interior designer and AHA Engineers is providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection (MEPF) services. Both firms are using Revit 2011 by Autodesk to develop the designs, plans and 3-D models for the project. UDG will be moving in April 2012, and the firm’s new address will be 3475 Piedmont Road, Suite 1200, Atlanta, GA 30305.

UDG is an industry leader in using Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the design process as well as leveraging it as a powerful tool to enhance ongoing facility management. When it came time to design the firm’s new Atlanta studio, the design team was eager to use Revit’s advanced 3-D modeling capabilities to enhance their designs. By using the same version of the software, the design team could easily pass drawings back and forth and benefit from clash detection to see potential problems. With the 3-D models, the design team can visually confirm everything fits together as planned.



UDG used Revit to create a virtual model of their space. Revit helped UDG better design the space, visualize how complex details flowed together and collaborate more effectively with their consultant.

The advanced 3-D modeling capabilities also allowed the design team to incorporate many creative elements in the ceiling. “We wanted a mix of open industrial-looking areas with exposed ducting and piping contrasted by finished soffits in unexpected shapes,” explained Rhyne. “Revit helped us visualize the complex geometries of the elements to ensure we created smooth transitions. It would have been far more challenging to address these issues in a traditional 2-D program, and Revit gave the design team the opportunity to ensure our concepts were hitting the mark.”

UDG and AHA used the clash detection feature to easily see problems between the ceiling elements and the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems. Revit helped illustrate how the design of different layers of ceilings and mechanical components and lighting elements flowed together.

BIM is a helpful design tool for all sizes and types of projects, from an interior tenant build out in an existing building (such as UDG’s new offices) to construction of a multi-story tower or a large-scale mixed used development.

Revit is the industry leader in BIM software, and their advanced tools automatically convert building plans into integrated 3-D models. The software helps project teams communicate concepts visually, predict building performance, better manage costs and save time in the design process through enhanced collaboration. All model information is stored in a single coordinated database so any revisions are updated throughout the entire model. With Revit, “a change anywhere is a change everywhere.”

The fully integrated database also helps with clash detection and is used for construction planning and fabrication. Revit also helps with sustainable design analysis to help teams quickly compare the energy use and cost estimates of various design options. Revit can also quickly do solar studies to make spaces more efficient because this information is built into the system.

The 3-D model is also being kept current during the construction administration (CA) phase to produce an accurate as-built model for future reference. UDG will also use the model on an ongoing basis to manage furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) including: 1) technology, such as: servers, switches, ports, workstations, printers, plotters, phones, conferencing equipment and peripherals; 2) furniture, such as: chairs, tables and shelves, and 3) the firm’s extensive art collection.

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