How BIM was employed in San Francisco mega project to improve collaboration
A large-scale development project is going to be developed in Transbay area as part of a rezoning plan to support more density in the transport hub.
The project comprises of a 605-foot residential tower and a 910-foot hotel, condo and office tower — designers at London-based architectural firm Foster + Partners have settled to make a transition from 2D, CAD-based software to Autodesk’s 3D BIM Revit software.
It facilitates the architects to coordinate all design decisions which are undertaken through the software interface in a centralized location.
By employing the cloud-based Revit platform, project stakeholders will be able to avail the most updated information about the project and wide-ranging 3D visuals from any remote location, to allow evaluation of quality and make improved design details at the initial stage of the project life cycle.
BIM simplified the process for exchanging real-time feedback during the modeling process in coordinating the typical and complex “diagrid” cladding on the taller of the two towers.
3D modeling software is very helpful to make proper examinations concerning the design, the massing and the 3D articulation of the project.
The Architects, engineers and contractors utilize Revit to explore through various scenarios, make necessary modifications to any aspect of a building and make arrangement to reflect that change across the model in real time.
The modelling software allows the AEC communities to get access to entire project context and the most updated plans at any specified time and causes earlier decision-making and real-time collaboration to complete the project on schedule and sometimes earlier than schedule.
To reduce risk of structural or spatial conflicts with encompassing structures throughout construction, the designers modeled buildings on the perimeter apart from high-rise models, before breaking ground on the project.
In the same way, a clash detection feature in Autodesk’s Navisworks software facilitates the users to identify and rectify overlapping elements, interferences among moving objects and other design errors in a BIM model before construction. It significantly helps to reduce the constructability risk and the scope of costly rework later in the project timeline.
3D BIM models are “absolutely vital to contractors as they don’t have to get somebody searching for a set of 2D plans and trying to imagine situations and detect [issues].
There were 35 architects to be associated with the Ocean wide Center project, working to coordinate complicated structural components and fulfil design goals, client objectives and seismic requirements.