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5 reasons why you should consider BIM over CAD

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Away-days from the office desk are integral for body and soul, as well as team morale, and so it was with a sense of anticipation that the Chronos Studeos team left their architectural designs and 3D visualizations behind to attend the recent Autodesk BIM (Building Information Modeling symposium in Lagos, Nigeria.

This event held even more significance for the company as Chronos Studeos is actively planning to make the migration from CAD to BIM in the near future.

From left to right: Dale Welch (Autodesk Field Marketing Manager), Hassan Anifowose (Chronos Studeos Animation Supervisor), ?????, ???, Shanna Heyes (WorldsView Technologies Channel Development Manager), ????, and Jani Bester (WorldsView Technologies AEC Application Engineer)
From left to right: Dale Welch (Autodesk Field Marketing Manager), Hassan Anifowose (Chronos Studeos Animation Supervisor), Olumide Oshikoya (Chronos Studeos 3D visualizer), Kolade Fadayomi (Architect), Shanna Heyes (WorldsView Technologies Channel Development Manager), Tokunbo Osindero (Archimedian Associates Architect), and Jani Bester (WorldsView Technologies AEC Application Engineer)

But, you may be asking yourself, why should industry professionals move away from the software packages which have served us all so well in the world of architecture and computer graphics and instead embrace the BIM workflow?

As the Chronos Studeos team have come to appreciate, Autodesk BIM offers the CG artist features which streamline creative processes which will ultimately save a company time and money, as well as encourage professionals such as ourselves to be far more competitive in the increasingly packed market. Here are more reasons why we are making the move.

01. Design communication time

As the old saying goes, “Time is money”. It’s for this reason alone that so many inside the industry are embracing BIM as the way to go, for it makes significant changes to the way the building industry works, and allows the user to generate more data in less time. This, of course, means that more projects can ultimately be completed.

An example of this literally money-saving element of BIM is seen with the gathering of information from material properties in the building model.

The 3D visualization is easier to work with, which means there can be a better line of communication generated with both the design team itself and with clients.large image button

The SOHO Living project submitted to World Architecture News awards by Chronos Studeos explored the BIM approach to design
The SOHO Living project submitted to World Architecture News awards by Chronos Studeos explored the BIM approach to design

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A showcase of Chronos Studeos’ involvement with ‘Omega Towers’. Revit was adopted as a tool for translating the architect’s idea from concept to design. It is our belieStefthat much more can be done at the ‘production drawing’ stage using BIM for the anticipated complexity in the works.
A showcase of Chronos Studeos’ involvement with Omega Towers. Revit was adopted as a tool for translating the architect’s idea from concept to design. It is our belief that much more can be done at the production drawing stage using BIM for the anticipated complexity in the works.

02. More information, better results

Another reason why Chronos Studeos is keen to move over to BIM is because the architect can actually analyse the energy efficiency of a building, and the building design, in the context of its environment. BIM also includes the ability to run services through the software and see how much energy is being both used and saved.

Such is the flexibility of BIM that the user can also extract valuable information from the results and make important reviews of the original design.

03. Interoperability between software

The Autodesk symposium also highlighted the value to the 3D visualization expert of Autodesk Building Design Suite. This includes all of the main software used in the industry, namely Revit, AutoCAD, and Autodesk 3ds Max Design.

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The user can rely on integrated analysis to inform his or her design decisions within other software in the design suite which share the same information via file formats that can be understood across the BIM platform, following which compelling visualizations can be produced, such as renderings and walkthroughs. The resulting ideas can then be successfully marketed to the client. In essence, the suite is a complete package.

04. Multidiscipline design with other partners

Autodesk Building Design Suite also allows for the combining of software tools for architectural design, MEP (Mechanical, electrical and plumbing) engineering, structural engineering, and construction, in a single, comprehensive application, namely Revit.

Revit allows the user to gain access to a broader set of tools and streamline workflows, as well as collaborate more effectively with other disciplines on solely the Revit platform. Our recent experience with structural and mechanical engineers on various projects enabled us to discover that one can achieve higher efficiency by working in sync with other building industry professionals via the BIM platform as information is effortlessly reviewed and subsequently updated among project teams.

05. Ease of Documentation

Another major advantage of using BIM is that it allows for the easy creation of consistent, high quality construction documentation. This makes the architect’s work much easier out in the field where, for example, there is often a need to move site, as this high quality construction documentation will include such important information as specification sheets, details of materials, cladding, insulation, and the rest of the vast amounts of information which is integral to any project, large or small. By incorporating this element into Autodesk Building Design Suite, a company’s project schedules can be accelerated and, in turn, costs will ultimately be decreased.

In all, this is what we conclude:

Autodesk Building Suite is undoubtedly a major, very welcome, advancement in the industry, one which we here at Chronos Studeos look forward to utilising in the months ahead as we continue to produce high-end visualizations for our clients across the globe.

We’d love to hear your thoughts, so please do feel very welcome to leave a Comment below. Thank you for taking the time to read the Chronos Studeos blog.

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Comments (7)

Lovely post, Autodesk continues to prove why they are the leaders of the widely used products in the AEC, CG, VFX and GameWare Development industries worldwide…am biased to them to a fault with no apologies…*wink wink*Keep up the good work #TeamChronos…

Good info. Lucky me I found your site by accident (stumbleupon).
I have bookmarked it for later!

Nice post chronos…Using Bim over cad is great thing. BIM is the future of construction line.

Olajide Funminiyi Dezick

Good one there by chronos for always being open to any inovations that could help facilitate and accellerate architectural service delivery.

Hello Hassan,

What an educating post on migrating to BIM.

There are however some aspect of BIM that need be considered if BIM potentials are really to be unlocked in Nigeria.

Architect being the Lead consultant on so many projects, they should ensure to outline a process to be followed to achieve streamless collaborative BIM work flow between architectural and engineering design. Let’s look at how to achieve a level 2 or even 3 BIM. We could look at some publicily available specifications such as PAS 1192 for proper guidance.

BIM is the future, the earlier we key into integrating and collaborating with BIM the better for the build industry professionals.

Wow. Thanks very much for the insights..!! The earlier we key into it, the better.. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

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