How To Enable A Connected Mechanical Design Process

November 27, 2019

 

As a project passes from an architect’s design to field solutions, communication channels tend to break down. Two communication inefficiencies, in particular, systematically inhibit project progress:

  • Lack of communication among teams: Engineers, architects, and MEP contractors are working on the same project, but disconnected workflows prevent stakeholders from being on the same page. For example, contractors might be using content that was created according to different standards or maybe codings for clashes were assigned on different positions in the families. The end goals are usually aligned, but every step along the way is marred by conflicting processes.

  • Loss of data and time: As information is shared among teams, it’s common for something to be lost in translation. A wrong pipe size or a misplaced of a cable tray, for example, can occur as a model changes hands. Most BIM software was not designed to work as a project-wide collaborative platform, so managing information within 3D models has historically been accomplished through a patchwork of software. There is a chance of data loss when exchanging a model via IFC, and the chance increases when each party is using a different software. During importing and exporting, a translation or mapping is required which can result in a wrong translation (e.g. wrong Revit category). As important details are distilled down and data is shared among stakeholders, information can be lost in the shuffle.

The above issues come down to one, pervasive inefficiency: disconnected workflows. Faced with unaligned processes, disparate goals, and separated software, construction phases lack coordination — making communication and collaboration far too difficult.

 

Stabicad — the 3D MEP modeling solution for Revit — helps get MEP designers, engineers, and contractors on the same page. By aligning workflows on a shared platform, and supporting productivity through comprehensive collaboration tools, Stabicad supports unprecedented LOD and 3D design collaboration.

Take a look at our extensive collection of demo videos of Stabicad and learn how to connect your workflow. 

 

Connect stakeholders with a collaboration platform

 

Stabicad includes access to Trimble Connect — the leading construction data sharing platform. Use Trimble Connect to share, review, and comment on data-rich building models in real time, streamlining the flow of construction information from the office to the field and back, and across the entire project lifecycle.

With access to Trimble Connect, designers can easily communicate with all other Trimble Connect users. Key stakeholders can quickly identify clashes, communicate changes, and invite feedback all within the software. Through Trimble Connect you can share, access, and manage project data anytime and from anywhere. 

Logistically, Trimble Connect offers three primary collaboration features that help to streamline communication throughout the project lifecycle: 

  • Shared knowledge: As a project progresses through the phases, it’s important that all stakeholders are working from a shared collection of data. Trimble Connect sharing features make it easy to exchange data in real-time — providing a single source of truth in a secure, cloud-based solution.

  • Real-time response time: Trimble Connect accelerates workflow through real-time, cloud-based collaboration. Whether you’re in the field or in the office, all project stakeholders can communicate changes instantaneously within the software.

  • Comment on models: Backed by specialised permissions features, Trimble Connect ensures the right people have access to relevant models, data, and metadata. Allow stakeholders on the project to access, share, review, and comment on everything they need from one centralized data-rich building model. This helps to accelerate the management of 3D model data and eliminate many of the time-consuming coordination meetings that often lead to schedule delays.

 

Connect all project phases in a single 3D modeling solution 

Historically, projects require a disjointed collection of software to meet all the 3D modeling needs of every stakeholder. A program for designers, another for prefabrication, a third for installation, etc. — Stabicad for Revit offers a unified, 3D modeling solution for all project phases.

There is no need to integrate third-party software to meet the needs of individual project teams. Stabicad and Revit unify all project needs under one convenient platform and help centre the goals of otherwise disconnected project phases. Improved connectivity using one platform will increase your working efficiency and accuracy. For instance, by integrating industry-standard calculations for HVAC sizing and design 3D models and 2D schematics in accordance with UK regulations, design and installation remain unified, all within a single Revit mechanical design solution.

 

Connect office and jobsite through prefabrication

Set the project up for success by thinking ahead to prefabrication capabilities. Stabicad prefab functionality minimises preparation time by offering a complete and seamless prefabrication workflow that involves all project phases. From concept to installation, these advanced prefabrication capabilities allow contractors to design something and carry it through to realisation.

Through Stabicad data-rich 3D modeling, you can embed manufacturer-specific product information within models (such as actual dimensions and article numbers), and accurately represent the working environment on screen. Constructible models are more than mere design assets — when backed by real-world data, these 3D design plans contain enough sophistication and LOD to prefabricate offsite and install on-site.

From conception to installation, Stabicad offers comprehensive productivity tools, integrated calculations, and up-to-date manufacturer content that support project-wide success and the highest level of detail for your 3D designs. 

 

Are you ready to connect your mechanical design workflow? Learn here how to take your design workflow to the next level using Stabicad. 
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