Speaking Concretely: 3D Models - Filling The Information Gap In Construction Projects

April 20, 2020

Concrete contractors often need more information than traditional drawings can provide. Information gaps slow down projects and can even damage business, which is why many constructors are turning to 3D modeling.


Don’t be fooled: 2D drawings are not enough

Many software companies insist that 2D drawing is adequate for constructing a building. But a two-dimensional model inevitably lacks information, because it can never fully represent the three-dimensional end product. Drawings are open to misinterpretation, language barriers, and often require a lengthy Request for Information (RFI) process in an attempt to close information gaps. 

While 2D may help you to explain a concept, in the construction phase you need the power of 3D modeling. As a 3D model is a digital twin of a building, it provides you and your project stakeholders with a clear picture of the information essential to making important decisions related to quantity takeoffs, logistics, and schedules. 3D models make planning and review easy and efficient by removing all barriers to understanding.

 

Right information means no waste

A constructible 3D model is the most realistic visualization of a building before construction begins, even highlighting design inconsistencies. A 2D drawing would not be able to reveal such inconsistencies until construction has begun. As we know, a mistake that makes its way to the actual construction phase multiplies the damage compared to catching a clash in the model. 3D models reduce any risk of mistakes and misinterpretations by showing the building just as it is. 

By using a precise digital twin of a building, you are getting the right dimensions and quantities calculation right the first time, which is never possible with a flat 2D model. Even if changes occur, the model updates automatically. A  3D model is always the latest, up-to-date version of the construction, which means that using 3D reduces the likelihood of miscalculations and consequent material waste, because it completely reflects the real-life building. 

 

3D information helps your project reach its full potential

 

In addition to all the detailed information a 3D model provides, it is also an essential tool for transferring and sharing information. Having a 3D model from the very start of the process provides accurate data that can be used, developed, and adapted during the entire construction process. 

The 3D model holds a lot of useful information that can be shared among your team, and with your suppliers and subcontractors. This improved communication means that everyone involved in a project is able to make more informed decisions about the building. 

With a 3D model collecting all data and automatically getting people on board with changes, workflows can be significantly improved and you also reduce admin and avoid rework. The model can easily track changes and keep all the people working on it informed about any developments.

Working in 2D can limit your options because it means you can only work with certain data and information. It is a fact that the surrounding world is going digital, and staying onboard and turning into 3D modeling can ensure that your construction business can make the most of it in the future.

 

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