Teamwork is an essential component of any project—including and especially a building project. A building team that is not coordinated and generally in sync is bound to encounter budget and/or scheduling problems along the way. This is why a new Integrated Design tool has been introduced into the sphere of building design.
The Nemetschek Group introduced Integrated Design, a new workflow solution that will ensure a smoother partnership between building designers and engineers.
This high-tech system represents a model-based coordination between designers, structural engineers, and MEP engineers in a shared BIMcloud format. In this mode of coordination, known as the “federated model,” in which various, separate BIM models pass back and forth between designer and engineer and are blended at different phases of the process.
This single collaborative cloud-based model incorporates the use of Archicad 24, RISA-3D, or SCIA Engineer. The base of the technology is a single BIM model in Archicad 24 with a trio of perspectives: architectural, structural, and analytical. When any single view is transformed, it updates the central model database and the other two views. If the designer wishes to reposition a column, the analytical model in Archicad 24 communicates bi-directionally with the analytical model in SCIA or RISA engineering analysis tools. Each participant can maintain separate parts of the model at the same time, that only they can control. Everyone works together in the context of a centralised model, and not have to duplicate models or efforts.
Through the use of the Integrated Design program, design teams can conjure more collaborative and ultimately more functional and polished structural solutions—smoothly and organically, without having to come up with haphazard design problem remedies at the last moment.
In this way, everyone can behold the shaping and creation of the building, with a far narrower margin of error. The few problems that come up can be detected and resolved as they are solved, as all involved are on the same page and understand the project as a whole. This is teamwork, at its finest, most proficient, and ultimately most successful!