If you have undertaken a building project in the past you are probably familiar with a typical set of 2-D construction plans.  Perhaps, like us, you have also struggled to understand them! Thankfully there are now a variety of 3-D options available which when used in conjunction with 2-D plans can greatly improve the outcomes for designers, builders and clients alike.  In this article we will explore some of the advantages of incorporating 3-D technology into the building process.

Clearer Communication

One of the biggest challenges for any builder is establishing a foundation of clear communication with clients.  For many people 2-D drawings do not convey the information needed as they require large amounts of interpretation and mental visualisation - the reader must take the 2-D representations and form 3-D images and concepts in their own mind which are often varied and difficult to articulate. A 3-D model removes this disconnect by clearly conveying the scope and real world implications of a design.  As the saying goes, a picture says a thousand words, and much more so with a 3D model!!

Increased Efficiency

Another disadvantage of 2-D drafting is the time taken to produce and amend 2-D drawings.  This often results in a protracted design process and additional charges to clients for variations and re-submissions.  3-D modelling on the other hand allows all parties to communicate across the same platform where changes can be seen and understood in real-time and in the context of the wider project.

A 3D model removes the disconnect by clearly conveying the scope and real world implications of a design.

Value Engineering and Estimating

The structural aspects of a build can have a major impact on the cost and timeline of a project.  By accurately modelling the structural elements at the early stages we are able to look at ways to value engineer the build and pre-empt any structural clashes and problems.  The 3-D model also provides an excellent platform for cost estimation and quoting. Quantities generated from a 3-D model are far superior to those produced through traditional methods. This front-end approach significantly reduces the risk of design and cost alterations providing all parties with clarity and confidence moving forward.

Written By Lloyd Bennett

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