Revit – A BIM Modelling Software:
Increasingly, professionals in the construction and architectural design industries are following the Building Information Modelling’ (‘BIM’) workflow process whereby a 3D virtual model of a project is created in a BIM modelling programme by an architect, and this same model (with all of its data) is used and consulted throughout the project’s life-cycle (and typically long after the construction phase is complete) by the often extensive array of parties involved (designers, engineers, technicians, end-users, etc).
‘Revit’, by ‘Autodesk’, is a popular example of BIM software used by a wide variety of professionals to create a unified model that all disciplines and trades can use to complete their work. Revit hosts the information that forms the model from which drawings and documents are derived.
The software allows all project data to be stored in a single project file, permitting multiple users to work on the same project file and merge their changes with every save. All changes in Revit are coordinated across the entire project, so a change in one place (view) is a simultaneous change in all views.
5 Fundamentals of BIM for Improved Design and Construction:
BIM provides a 3D virtual model of a project that enables owners to visually understand how a building will be constructed. Instead of the traditional 2D plans that have been used in the past, owners can better visualise the project and, as a result, give better feedback on what they want. It also allows owners and all players involved to entirely conceptualize a building before construction even begins—minimising change orders during construction and saving time and money.
BIM software generates real time values/quantities for any design changes that an owner or architect wishes to make. It can also analyse information to detect cost overruns and wasted effort. This leads to a more efficient project that stays on budget and on schedule.
Collaboration and communication between all players involved in a project is essential for the utilisation of BIM. It allows for each player to share and update information in real-time, streamlining information and integrating workflow.
BIM also helps increase communication and understanding with potential stakeholders. High quality, digital mock-ups can be created to give potential stakeholders a clear picture of what a building will look like and how it will impact the surrounding areas. With a better understanding of the project, stakeholders are more likely to buy-in.
One of the most valuable aspects of BIM is its clash detection and resolution ability. With its enhanced system integration, BIM is able to analyse the information from multiple systems, such as the mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems, and detect if there will be any potential clashes or issues. This is extremely valuable to the project team as it saves money in change orders later in the project that can be very costly. By being able to detect these issues before construction begins, it also helps keep the project on schedule by preventing potential setbacks.
BIM is able to create a 4D simulation of the construction schedule—allowing all players involved to have a better understanding of the entire construction process visually. It also helps with determining the logistics of the schedule and preparing for the construction phase of the project.
Established correctly, the use of BIM and BIM software can enhance all levels of a project and should at least be seriously considered by any person or company looking to take on design and development work that comes with a degree of complexity.
Sidorova Design Revit Expertise:
3D modelling in BIM software is a skill that requires a high degree of knowledge and practice to acquire. Architect’s who can model in Revit are in demand as more and more developments are subject to the BIM process.
As part of Sidorova Design, Ana has become very well-acquainted with Revit, recognised in the architectural design and construction industries for its tools that enable users to create, edit, and review 3D models in exceptional detail.
In early January 2021, Ana started working as a freelancer for ‘eightspace’, an interior design company servicing the educational and commercial sectors, and the parent company of ‘Pinnacle Furniture’. She generated Revit models of furniture for one of eightspace’s project during this time, having created over 2,000 single REVIT family files containing the pieces of furniture which range in type, size and colour.
Subsequently, Ana has grown her team to form ‘Sidorova Design’ where she now has several subcontracted experts working alongside her to handle bigger, more complex projects & larger volumes of work.
Specs, technical drawings and images were supplied by eightspace in order for Ana to create 3D models of the furniture, and other elements of the project, from scratch. These models were used by the Project Designer to present concepts to the client so that the latter could see exactly how the project space would look, with the chosen furniture style, before ordering the components from manufacturers.
The furniture modelled in Revit by Ana is that found under the Pinnacle Furniture brand:
Ana’s Revit-related work for eightspace also involved exporting and remodelling items using existing CAD files, and modelling family equipment and furniture in the BIM software.
Sidorova Design is currently engaged as a contractor by ‘USA Anguleris’, creators of ‘BIMsmith’ – the industry’s emerging product research and discovery platform that makes it easy for AEC pros and building product manufacturers to work together. Although the company is American, Sidorova Design’s work is carried out in the UK and sent to the team overseas.
Ana is available to provide drafting and modelling services in either Revit or an array of 2D design software, and can operate under a contract or freelance basis – thus offering a versatile and flexible value proposition to any individual or company looking to engage a qualified and experienced architectural/interior designer who can produce robust and correct models, plans, designs, etc.
She is able to convert an array of different ‘inputs’ (whether they be CAD drawings, photos, sketches, etc) into high-quality Revit models – a major advantage for anyone looking to have their current material integrated into the BIM process relatively quickly.
Ana can also be engaged to provide in-depth and engaging training on the aforementioned programmes should an individual or team be interested in increasing their skillset.
Freelance work is charged at an hourly rate, to be agreed with Ana so that a programme that works for you and best suits your needs can be envisaged.
If you’re in need of some top-quality models or training, don’t hesitate to get in touch!