During the design and detailing phase of a project our task is to respect the ideas produced by our clients and return to them a completed detail design which can be in either 2D or 3D depending upon the scope of services.
Due to the nature of the creative process Forsspac often starts working on the project after concept design is complete. Over the years we have been asked to engage at a variety of stages including Schematic, Detail Design or Construction documentation.
We also cater to General Contractors who require Architectural Detailing support for their Design Build projects.
It is now common for the work to be undertaken in a BIM environment where activity is controlled through a BIM Execution Plan (BEP) and we can help you with this process.
3D or 2D Drafting
Forsspac's architectural team are skilled at producing Architectural 3D models from 2D CAD which is becoming the general process. However, some clients prefer to continue working in 2D and we support this delivery approach.
On larger projects we have been asked to combine the architectural elements with other engineering design models including MEP, Structural and Civil with the final outcome being a fully coordinated and clash free model.
3D Architectural Models are now a very important part of visually realising the ideas and concepts produced during the architectural design and detailing phases of a project.
The key advantage now is that the other design teams (MEP, Structural, Civil) know exactly where all architectural elements are allowing them to produce a fully coordinated set of construction documents which facilitates control over both time and cost budgets.
Key benefits of a 3D model are:
Simplified production of documentation
Construction details captured
Rendering and visualisation made easy
Given that all of our clients have their own way of working we offer flexible work flow arrangements to match your way of working thereby creating a bespoke service that can rapidly put in place a dedicated resource for your project.
Our team of highly skilled Architects and CAD Operators are constantly improving their craft and use a variety software to meet your needs.
Documentation & Shop Drawings
Documentation of the detailed design is produced from either the 3D model or completed 2D set. Apart from drawings it is common for materials specification and a bill of quantities to be produced.
Reference will be made to the information and specifications provided by the Architect to ensure that the final drawing/documentation set captures the original intent of the architectural design.
Shop Drawings are produced from the drawing/documentation set but usually in conjunction with the nominated trade contractor and is the final definition of what is to be built.
Shop drawings will contain more detailed information than the construction documentation set to ensure that the fabricators and installers know exactly what is required.
Shop drawings are generally signed off for build by the Engineers and Architects thereby confirming that the design intent is being carried forward to fabrication and build.
At the end of a project the owner/operator expects to find a full set of as built drawings on record usually within the Operations & Maintenance Manual.
Forsspac is skilled in taking redline marked up drawings from the contractors site team and producing a final set of as-built drawings for the Architect to verify and sign off before they are issued.
The most common way of working is for the 2D redline marks to be used to update the for construction documentation and specifications.
There are two emerging trends:
Where it exists take the original 3D model often now at LOD 400 (Shop drawing) and update to LOO 500 using the redline mark ups or laser scanned point cloud data.
Alternatively, build a clean 3D model from field data to LOD 500
Animation & Rendering
Renderings are vital part of an Architects work as it is the means by which the visual concept can be reviewed by the design team and presented to the Client.
Architectural Animations are usually created for presentation, marketing and design analysis purposes and are often used along with architectural renderings. The process of creating an architectural animation requires a degree of skill in using the selected software platform to realise the desire degree of detail.
Walk throughs are growing rapidly in the industry as a means to better understand the design and are a follow on from animation.
Architectural concept by MB Consulting, Dubai.
Forsspac 3D services will give you a realistic 3D view from all angles of your construction project.
These 3D walkthroughs will help Clients, Developers and Designers alike see the building even before it is built. 3D walkthrough designs have been also become an effective marketing strategy that gives owners a much fuller understanding of their project that helps the decision-making process.
On a simple note 3D Walkthrough is an outstanding way to represent your imagination in a live 3D animated form.
Key advantages of having a 3D walkthrough are:
Create realistic virtual animated tours of your design
Enhance the viewing experience of Clients and investors by offering a 360-degree view of their envisioned architectural space
Develop interiors and exteriors to give all stakeholders advance vision of upcoming building
Design Coordination is by far the most difficult aspect to get right as it requires the absolute dedication and commitment of all parties involved. Central to this process is the coordination manager who might also be known as the BIM Manager.
Design coordination is not a one shot process. It is an iterative process.
There is only one fundamental key to success during the coordination loop and that is communication.
Keys to success in coordination process are:
Strong leadership from the Coordinaton/BIM Manager
Consistent platform (Don't upgrade the 3D model software for the life of the project)
Make sure that all parties submit a test/set up model to demonstrate that the xRef's are correct
Robust BIM Execution plan
That locks in the clash detection and resolution process
Controls model sychronisation
Specifies trade hierarchy when resolving clashes
Regular (weekly) BIM meetings