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Outsourcing vs. Completing Retail Designs In-House
When planning store refurbishment exercises or when opening new stores major retailers across the world face tough decisions about their design process and whether to handle all (or a part of) the retail design and documentation work in-house or to
MEP Design and MEP Installation Challenges
In the MEP (M&E) industry, the smooth progression of an MEP consultant’s design into well-coordinated constructible drawings and models is fundamental to the project’s success. Compared with the architectural and structural engineering disciplines, the structure of a typical MEP project team is typically more
3 Ways to Avoid MEP BIM Design and Coordination Scope Overlaps
In the MEP (M&E) industry, the success of adopting BIM practices depends largely on the level of interaction between the MEP (M&E) design consultant and the contractor. Whereas during the non-BIM era, responsibilities including conceptual design, detailed 3D modeling, and 3D building services coordination have
Approaching MEP BIM Projects Using Coordination Specialists
The MEP (M&E) design and contracting industry across the globe faces renewed challenges with the advent of BIM which is increasingly used by AEC firms. Firstly, of all the major stakeholders involved in an AEC project, building systems design and engineering historically formed the last phase of
Key Traits of an Effective Architectural BIM Support Partnership
In the building design and construction industry, construction documentation forms an important phase between design development and on-site construction administration. In scenarios where architectural practices decide to transition to object-oriented BIM modelling or there is a need to turn around more
How Residential BIM Modelling Supports Informed Decision-Making?
By and large, building information modelling (BIM) has permeated all major construction sectors, including commercial, residential, and healthcare projects. Nevertheless, the adoption of intelligent 3D parametric model-based design and documentation techniques has been relatively slower in the homebuilding and
Residential Architectural Renderings: How they Benefit Distinct Stakeholders?
In the realm of homebuilding construction, though residential architectural renderings are predominantly used to pre-sell housing projects during the post-design phase, there are other key facets to it that are often overlooked. The residential project stakeholders use different forms of architectural visualisation to
BIM-Enabled IPD: A Win-Win for Owners and Project Stakeholders
The building and construction industry is faced with a multitude of challenges in areas, ranging from design planning, construction administration and budgeting, to scheduling and facilities management. To add to this, the demands from owners’ regards to timely completion, cost efficiency, constructability
Why Residential Architectural Rendering is Paramount for Homebuilders?
With the homebuilding industry becoming fiercely competitive in developed markets, the expectations from both the demand side (potential owners) as well as the investor side (financial institutions) have significantly changed. As return on investment is crucial for both the owners and the funding institutions,
Advantages of CAD Drafting over Manual Drafting
Computer Aided Design (CAD) has been a real breakthrough in the AEC industry by becoming the primary source of communicating design intent. Before the advent of CAD, the only source for draftsmen was pencil and paper for drawing sketches.