A good management system for construction projects includes full-scale BIM modeling, integrates electrical, plumbing, HVAC and more, and generally provides both architectural and management capabilities to contractors, owners, and others involved in a building project.
Revit by Autodesk provides many of these needed items for a construction project; and, it is one of the few BIM software products to do so. Whether you are looking at different products to manage an upcoming project or considering how to save money through technology in construction, read on.
How to Save Money with Revit Architecture
Create Realistic Visualizations
Modern CAD and BIM software like Revit provides more than just the resources to manage a construction project. The 3D and virtual recreation capabilities are valuable for sales and marketing, for maintenance planning, and it still provides excellent tools for creating architectural drafts and blueprints.
The virtual reality and modeling functions of Revit increase profitability mainly through increasing the value of the project to investors and other interested parties. Rather than pitching the points of a building, a management team can actually walk interested parties through a fully functional virtual mock-up of the building.
Use a Revit Environment to Create 2D Architectural Printouts
Rather than creating multiple engineered products, Revit BIM will automate many of the needed parts of creating and managing a construction project. As needed, print off 2D drafts and blueprints for the site plan, create specific drawings for each stage of the project, or manage different stages entirely within the BIM environment.
This cross-functionality increases profitability through reduced costs. One project, the BIM creation, provides the necessary framework for managing multiple other systems. This reduces the costs of architectural design and engineering both for the current project and any projects in the years to come.
Accurately Track Costs and Project Completion
Revit software includes cost tracking and projection as part of its BIM. This will provide opportunity for innovative construction projects to use their architectural drafts as an enterprise resource planning system (ERP) for the entire project. From managing supplies and materials to contractor communication, an ERP and drafting combination is sure to save money and time, increasing profitability.
Revit Architecture modeling delivers the necessary information for managing an entire building project on one platform. Because of the extensive nature of a 3D model, many project managers use Revit Live as a system to control communication with various interested parties. Revit live is a product by Autodesk where your 3D files are hosted securely on Autodesk’s servers. Anyone with user permissions and an internet connection can access the plans and other resources of Revit.
Build to Last
Use Revit drafts and 3D environments to virtually stress test a building before construction begins and then use it to manage upkeep over the years. A well-designed project can stand the tests of time, and Revit architectural models and drafts are custom made to ensure the highest quality of design project.
Cheap and short-term building projects may not benefit as much from the robust engineering that software like Revit provides. Long-term, quality building projects need the integrated drafts
Integrate Multi-Discipline Management
Revit Architecture is designed as a multi-discipline BIM from the ground up. Not just for mechanical, structural, site, or even focused solely on contractors, the designs built in Revit work with all regular participants in a building project. This further reduces overhead costs from multiple drafting processes and increases quality by facilitating communication and management.
This is essential for modern construction projects where each stage of construction often has its own designers who are essential parts of the team. Designers and engineers ensure that costs stay down, that green certification is met, and that a building will stay in use through the coming decades.
Create a Multi-Platform Drafting System
From VR devices to computers and smartphones, Revit files are available on multiple technology platforms. Again, increasing communication between contractors, engineers, and investors provides ample opportunities to increase profits.
A recent project that used the multi-platform and multi-discipline functionality of Revit Architecture was the Shanghai Tower designed by Gensler. Managing the design, construction and engineering teams necessary to create a modern skyscraper is no easy feat. With BIM provided to all teams across all needed devices, the Shanghai Tower team was able to increase efficiencies while decreasing costs.
Accurately Model from Existing Structures
Along a different route, Revit software integrates with ReCap. For remodels and renovations, this is an incredible opportunity to plan costs, manage projects and create accurate 3D models for the new construction within the old construction. ReCap takes points from photographs and imports them into Revit so that the base model architects work with is an accurate portrayal of the building. If an extensive remodel is planned, this process can be done multiple times if needed as demolition reveals specific aspects of the building project that were previously hidden.
Green is Economical
When planned well, green architecture saves money in construction and increases the value of a project. A well-planned building will be able to integrate the natural layout of a project and a site to achieve green certifications without breaking the bank on proprietary materials. Additionally, good design in mechanical systems plays a significant part of green construction. With BIM, you will be able to effectively plan and design an entire project’s mechanical systems to achieve low levels of energy output and high levels of green certification.
How to Save Money from Revit Architecture
The best engineering firm for Revit Architecture modeling projects will have an understanding of both 2D CAD and 3D modeling practices. They will also have experience with quality drafting for a number of projects in your industry. Additionally, the best engineering firm for saving money will be specialists in architecture and engineering.
2D and 3D Experience
Understanding of modern architecture requires a depth of experience across a wide breadth of disciplines. Chief of these for saving money with Revit Architecture is the ability to understand how blueprints and other documents work within a 3D environment. As we discuss before, this impacts structural engineering, cartography and site engineering, and more.
Our team provides experience with document drafting and BIM modeling that integrates into one or more software platforms. In the case of Revit Architecture modeling, one of the reasons we love using it is the fact that it automatically integrates much of the document production and engineering systems. This saves time on projects and decreases human error.
Quality Drafting Experience
A local architectural firm that specializes in house plans and other small-scale projects and occasionally does large BIM or virtualization is not going to be the best firm for saving money and increasing profits. Quality drafting experience means that the firm who is using Revit Architecture regularly uses Autodesk software and other BIM systems to do engineering and architectural work for their clients.
A good architectural team will be focused on architecture and Design using building information modeling and virtualization processes. These teams will also be located in an area of high-tech industry and ideally affordable wages. This combination enables them to be focused on their core business of building exceptional architectural drafts.
For more information on how our team works in your industry and to discover if we have the expertise to manage your Revit Architecture project, please contact us today.