Outsourcing of Shop Drawings is cost effective for Contractors and Manufacturers

AEC digital solutions LLC, a leading shop drawings outsourcing services provider collaborates with manufacturers and contractors to provide cost effective shop drawings solutions.

Shop Drawings are an important part of every construction project. They provide accurate information related to each aspect of the pre-fabricated components of the project to be designed. Quality shop drawings contain accurate representations of a product and the information i.e. dimensions and specifications that are needed by the architect or engineer to develop that product. Once you have ensured that the information compiled in shop drawings is accurate, the project success is guaranteed.

Shop drawings communicate how well a contractor or manufacturer has understood the design intent and forms the submittals that are sent to the architect or engineer for approval. Moreover, they require proficiency in the use of computer aided design (CAD) tools and expensive CAD software. For these reasons, contractors and manufacturers prefer to outsource the drafting work. Outsourcing shop drawings drafting to a professional CAD designer ensures accurate drafting and avoids inaccuracies that can otherwise lead to mass errors in the final product. Outsourcing also proves to be cost effective as setting up an entire department to design shop drawings and purchasing CAD tools involves high costs.

AEC digital solutions LLC, a leading BIM services and shop drawings outsourcing services provider collaborates with manufacturers and contractors to provide cost effective shop drawings solutions. Our shop drawings translate the design concepts into a detailed fabrication road map. We draft shop drawings that solve connection issues by recommending details that work based on a comprehensive knowledge of our components and how things work on the jobsite. For example, an accurately designed BIM wall system lets a large percentage of material to be pre-cut to precise dimensions off-site. This results in considerable labour and material savings.

AEC digital solutions LLC follows customized approach and processes for clients to fit into their requirements and workflows. Experienced project managers, who are responsible for the delivery of projects to predefined quality standards, manage our projects. The designated project manager assesses the requirements, construction specifications and standards to be followed for that particular project. Post this, a well-defined project flow is determined to decide the responsibilities and turnaround schedules of the team members. Multiple quality checks are done to ensure the delivery of accurate standards.

About AEC digital solutions LLC

Headquartered in USA, AEC Digital Solutions LLC is a leading outsourced service provider in CAD and BIM (Revit and Bentley) having a global presence and operations in India. It offers BIM Modelling and support services such as BIM Studio, Virtual Design & Construction, BIM Content Creation, Commercial Kitchen Layout & Content Creation, Scan to BIM, BIM Integration and Documentation services. The team comprises of seasoned professionals – Architects and Engineers, having an average BIM experience of 8 years.

 

For further queries, please send an email to info@aecdsl.co or visit www.aecdsl.co

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The key BIM terms you need to know

 

There are lot of new technical terms and keywords being used in connection with BIM, the average construction industry worker could be forgiven for being confused by the jargon. With that in mind, the following is a list of the some need-to-know BIM terms, and their definitions.

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  1. 4D, 5D, 6D-

First there was 2D CAD, then 3D CAD – now there are extra dimensions to refer to the linking of the BIM model with time, cost and schedule-related information (Facility Management)

  1. Asset Information Model (AIM), Building Information Model (BIM), Project Information Model (PIM)

Not only is there the ‘Building’ information model, but the ‘Asset’ information model – which is the name given to the same model post-construction, i.e. supplemented with the data needed to assist in the running of the completed asset. Note that ‘asset’ can also refer to civil engineering and infrastructure work.

  1. BIM execution plan (BEP)

BIM Execution Plan is created for managing the delivery of the project. This in turn is split into a ‘pre-contract’ BEP, in response to the Employer’s Information Requirements (in other words, comparable to ‘contractor’s proposals’ in a Design & Build contract) and a ‘post-contract’ BEP which sets out the contracted delivery details.

  1. Clash rendition

Rendition of the native-format model file is be used specifically for spatial coordination processes. Used to achieve clash avoidance or for clash detection (between, for example structure and services) between Building Information Models prepared by different disciplines. The key benefit is in reducing errors, and hence costs, pre-construction commencement.

  1. Common Data Environment (CDE)

This is a central information repository that can be accessed by all stakeholders in a project. Whilst all the data within the CDE can be accessed freely, ownership is still retained by the originator. Cloud storage is a popular method of providing a CDE, although it could also be a project extranet.

  1. Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie)

COBie is a data schema which is delivered in a spreadsheet data format, and contains a ‘subset’ of the information in the building model (all except graphical data, and hence a subset of IFC), for FM handover. It was originally devised by the US Army Engineering Corps. Over the course of a project, data can be added to it from a range of sources (besides CAD programs), relating to brief, design, construction, operation, refurbishment or demolition, as the case may be. The Government’s Level 2-mandated requirement is for COBie-compliant information exchange.

  1. Data Exchange Specification

A specification for electronic file formats that are used for the exchange of digital data between different BIM software applications, thereby facilitating interoperability. Examples include IFC and COBie. PAS 1192-2 outlines information exchange activities.

  1. Information Delivery Manual (IDM)

To make BIM effective, information needs to be:

  • Made available when it is needed and
  • To a satisfactory quality.

This can be achieved by using an Information Delivery Manual, that identifies the various construction processes, and the information required at each stage.

  1. Level 0 BIM, Level 1 BIM, Level 2 BIM and Level 3 BIM

The move to ‘full’ collaborative working via distinct and recognisable milestones, in the form of ‘levels’. These have been defined within a range from 0 to 3, and, whilst there is some debate about the exact meaning of each level, the broad concept is:

Level 0: No collaboration. 2D CAD drafting only. Output and distribution is via paper or electronic prints, or a mixture of both.

Level 1: A mixture of 3D CAD for concept work, and 2D for drafting of statutory approval documentation and Production Information. CAD standards are managed to BS 1192:2007, and electronic sharing of data is carried out from a common data environment (CDE), often managed by the contractor.

Level 2: Collaborative working – all parties use their own 3D CAD models. Design information is shared through a common file format, which enables any organisation to be able to combine that data with their own in order to carry out interrogative checks on it. Hence any CAD software that each party used must be capable of exporting to a common file format.

Level 3: Integrated working between all disciplines by using a single, shared project model which is held in a common data environment. All parties can access and modify that same model, removing the final layer of risk for conflicting information.

  1. Level of detail (LoD), Level of information (LoI)

‘Level of definition’ is defined in PAS 1192-2 as the “collective term used for and including ‘level if model detail’ and the ‘level of information detail’”. ‘Level of model detail’ is the description of graphical content on models at each of the stages defined, for example, in the CIC scope of services. The ‘level of model information’ is the description of non graphical content in models at each of these stages. BS 8541 defines level of detail for BIM objects as:

  • Schematic
  • Concept
  • Defined

Level of information defines how much detail is required at each of these stages – i.e. whether spatial, performance, standard, workmanship, certification etc.

  1. Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Life-cycle assessment (LCA, also known as life-cycle analysis) is a cradle-to-grave environmental impact assessment for built assets, in terms of materials and energy. The energy and materials used, along with waste and pollutants produced as a consequence of a product or activity, are quantified over the whole life cycle.

  1. PAS 1192

The PAS 1192 framework sets out the requirements for the level of model detail (the graphical content), model information (non-graphical content, such as specification data), model definition (its meaning) and model information exchanges:

  • PAS 1192-2 deals with the construction (CAPEX) phase, and specifies the requirements for Level 2 maturity; sets out the framework, roles & responsibilities for collaborative BIM working; builds on the existing standard of BS 1192, and expands the scope of the Common Data Environment.
  • PAS 1192-3 deals with the operational (OPEX) phase, focussing on use & maintenance of the Asset Information Model, for Facilities Management.
  • BS 1192-4 documents best practice for the implementation of COBie.
  • PAS 1192-5 is currently under development, and will cover security of data.

About AEC digital solutions LLC

Headquartered in USA, AEC Digital Solutions LLC is a leading outsourced service provider in CAD and BIM (Revit and Bentley) having a global presence and operations in India. It offers BIM Modelling and support services such as BIM Studio, Virtual Design & Construction, BIM Content Creation, Commercial Kitchen Layout & Content Creation, Scan to BIM, BIM Integration and Documentation services. The team comprises of seasoned professionals – Architects and Engineers, having an average BIM experience of 8 years.

For further queries, please send an email to info@aecdsl.co or visit www.aecdsl.co

 

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PAS-1192-2 – Overview

The purpose of PAS is to support the objective to achieve BIM maturity Level 2 by specifying requirements for this level, setting out the framework for collaborative working on BIM enabled projects and providing specific guidance for the information management requirements associated with projects delivered using BIM.

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The requirements within the PAS build on the existing code of practice for the collaborative production of architectural, engineering and construction information, defined within BS 1192:2007. The PAS describes the shared use of individually authored models in a Common Data Environment (CDE), being a single source of information for any given project, used to collect, manage and disseminate all relevant approved project documents for multi-disciplinary teams.

The requirements within the PAS build on the existing code of practice for the collaborative production of architectural, engineering and construction information, defined within BS 1192:2007. BS1192:2007 provides details of the standards and processes that should be adopted to enable consistent, structured, efficient and accurate information exchange. However, only information exchanges specific to BIM (i.e. structured data) are described in this PAS.

In addition, PAS 1192-2 focuses specifically on the ‘delivery’ phase of projects (from strategic identification of need through to handover of asset), where the majority of graphical data, non-graphical data and documents are accumulated from design and construction activities.

About AEC digital solutions LLC

Headquartered in USA, AEC Digital Solutions LLC is a leading outsourced service provider in CAD and BIM (Revit and Bentley) having a global presence and operations in India. It offers BIM Modeling and support services such as BIM Studio, Virtual Design & Construction, BIM Content Creation, Commercial Kitchen Layout & Content Creation, Scan to BIM, BIM Integration and Documentation services. The team comprises of seasoned professionals – Architects and Engineers, having an average BIM experience of 8 years.

For further queries, please send an email to info@aecdsl.co or visit www.aecdsl.co

 

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BIM Level 3: The Future of Building Information Exchange

USA based BIM service provider AEC Digital Solutions LLC has adopted BIM Level 2 and successfully executed projects in North America and Europe.Now they are in the process to adopt BIM Level 3 execution.

Here is a brief on progress of BIM over time:

The Building and construction industry has been passing through an evolutionary phase. There are countless technologies that are entering into the arena; in fact, most of them have been instrumental in changing face of the industry. Of these numerous technologies, Building Information Modeling or BIM has proved to be ‘the game-changer’ in all sense. This process of creating a digital prototype of a building has improved the flow of data through the building process, and, therefore, ensure extreme efficiencies.
From the time BIM was first introduced; it has come a long way! – From level 0 to level 3 (the current one); it has become more advanced, more streamlined and more effective in the past couple of years. And now, when level 3 is already published; one need to know in detail what exactly is level 3 and its implications for BIM in general as well as BIM Facility management in particular.

Level 0
Unmanaged CAD in 2D with paper (or electronic paper) data exchange.
Level 1
Managed CAD in 2D or 3D format with a collaborative tool providing a common data environment with a standardised approach to data structure and format. Commercial data will be managed by standalone finance and cost management packages with no integration.
Level 2
A managed 3D environment held in separate discipline ‘BIM’ tools with data attached. Commercial data will be managed by enterprise resource planning software and integrated by proprietary interfaces. This level of BIM may utilise 4D construction sequencing and/or 5D cost information.
Level 3
A fully integrated and collaborative process enabled by ‘web services’ and compliant with emerging Industry Foundation Class (IFC) standards. This level of BIM will utilise 4D construction sequencing, 5D cost information and 6D project lifecycle management information.

About AEC digital solutions LLC
Headquartered in USA, AEC Digital Solutions LLC is a leading outsourced service provider in CAD and BIM (Revit and Bentley) having a global presence and operations in India. It offers BIM Modeling and support services such as BIM Studio, Virtual Design & Construction, BIM Content Creation, Commercial Kitchen Layout & Content Creation, Scan to BIM, BIM Integration and Documentation services. The team comprises of seasoned professionals – Architects and Engineers, having an average BIM experience of 8 years. bim-level3

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SketchUp Rendering and AEC digital solutions

AEC Digital Solutions LLC (a USA based Company), with global presence and operations in India, is one of the leading service provider in BIM (Revit, SketchUp and Bentley) with an in-house team of trained Architects and Engineers using BIM software such as Autodesk Revit, SketchUp Pro, Bentley AECOsim, Bentley MicroStation, Solibri, Navisworks and CAD Duct.

SketchUp, 3D modeling software, formerly a Google product, it can design anything as simple as a cup to more elaborate, like an entire city. But this software was dropped by Google on June 2013. SketchUp was sold by Google to Trimble.

SketchUp Rendering

SketchUp includes good, basic renderings of your models and let you visualize them as you create them in full 3D. We can create much more effective presentations by adding a Photo Realistic rendering Add-on or Plugin to SketchUp and using it to render much better images. These add-ons can produce extremely good renderings. But more importantly, many of them can produce very good renderings with a minimum set of time. Even if you aren’t a rendering expert you can produce good renderings out of the box – and then improve them as you take advantage of additional features and settings.

SketchUp Plugins for Rendering

Shaderlight, Vray, SU Podium and Twilight Render are some of the good SketchUp plugins for rendering.

AEC digital solutions and SketchUp Rendering

AEC digital solutions LLC has been working with several clients across the globe to develop 3D modeling and rendering in SketchUp.  AEC digital solutions LLC recently completed a commercial project in USA for an architectural firm. AEC digital solutions LLC have a large team of SketchUp trend Architects and Engineers.

About AEC digital solutions LLC

Headquartered in USA, AEC Digital Solutions LLC is a leading outsourced service provider in BIM (Revit and Bentley) having a global presence and operation in India. It offers BIM Modeling and support services such as BIM Studio, Virtual Design & Construction, BIM Content Creation, Commercial Kitchen Layout & Content Creation, Scan to BIM, BIM Integration and Documentation services. The team comprises of seasoned professionals – Architects and Engineers, having an average BIM experience of 8 years.

 

For further queries, please send an email to info@aecdsl.co or visit http://www.aecdsl.co.

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AEC Digital Solutions adopts COBie: The New Face of Building Information Exchange

BIM service provider AEC Digital Solutions LLC has successfully adopted Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie). The construction industry has fully adopted virtual design. Driven by a combination of government policy and strategies for more efficient, cost effective design practice, building information modeling (BIM) has become widely accepted as a transformation of analog text and 2D graphics, to 3D, digital electronic imagery and information. Benefits of BIM go beyond the construction phase. In the operational stage of the facility, BIM data is turned into a format useable by facility managers for performance assessment and facility management over the life-cycle of the building. Called Construction Operations Building information exchange, or COBie, it is a specification for the life-cycle capture and delivery of information. COBie can be viewed in software as well as in simple spreadsheets. COBie is used in completed structures for information essential to support building operation, including important project data at the point of origin; equipment lists, product data sheets, warranties, spare parts lists, trouble-shooting guides, system operational procedures, system analysis, energy efficiency management and preventive maintenance schedules.

Building product manufacturers, consultants, systems integrators, networking professionals, vendors and sub-vendors should be aware of the successful commercial implementations of COBie. Designing energy efficient, high performance structures are common goals for today’s construction professionals. Building information modeling and COBie are proven methods of delivering quality projects faster and for less money. In the age of smart buildings, we have the technology to design, build and operate intelligent environments where building occupants can be safe, healthy and productive.

About AEC digital solutions LLC

Headquartered in USA, AEC Digital Solutions LLC is a leading outsourced service provider in BIM (Revit and Bentley) having a global presence and operations in India. It offers BIM Modeling and support services such as BIM Studio, Virtual Design & Construction, BIM Content Creation, Commercial Kitchen Layout & Content Creation, Scan to BIM, BIM Integration and Documentation services. The team comprises of seasoned professionals – Architects and Engineers, having an average BIM experience of 8 years.

 

For further queries, please send an email to info@aecdsl.co or visit http://www.aecdsl.co.

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Artee Rana joins AEC Digital Solutions LLC as Delivery Director

AEC Digital Solutions LLC, the global leader in workshare solutions and pioneer in Building Information Modeling services (BIM) for the architecture, engineering, construction and building owner(AECO) industry, is pleased to announce that Artee Rana has joined the company as Delivery Director and will lead the Operations team. An Architect by qualification, Artee brings more than 20 years of Architecture and BIM experience.

AEC Digital Solutions President & Founder Rajesh Garg said, “Artee brings a wealth of customer service experience to this position overseeing every aspect of customer service.This will enhance the quality and scope of projects that we will be able to deliver.”

“I am incredibly positive about AEC Digital Solutions future when someone with Artee’s experience and pedigree joins us,” said Paul Fiore, National Sales Director.

“I am very excited to join AEC Digital Solutions at a time when BIM adoption is accelerating,” said Artee. “I wanted to be part of the digital transformation which AECDigital Solutions is bringing to the market.“

About AEC Digital Solutions LLC

Headquartered in USA, AEC Digital Solutions LLC is a leading outsourced service provider in BIM (Revit and Bentley) having a global presence and operations in India. It offers BIM Modeling and support services such as BIM Studio, Virtual Design & Construction, BIM Content Creation, Commercial Kitchen Layout & Content Creation, Scan to BIM, BIM Integration and Documentation services. The team comprises of seasoned professionals – Architects and Engineers, having an average BIM experience of 8 years.

For further queries, please send an email to info@aecdsl.co or visit www.aecdsl.co

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