Virtual Design and Construction

RAC provides the following:

  • A collaborative and integrated approach to design and construction.
  • Use of 2D and 3D visualization of the building for use of sequencing and planning.
  • The use of reality capturing methods to compress design and construction
  • Project waste reduction through exact quantity take-offs, model schedule scenarios and site logistics planning.
  • Life cycle asset management including information on product installation, warranties, serial numbers and preventative maintenance.
  • Establish an environment to collaborate and coordinate BIM data and metadata for the life of the project.
  • Prepare accurate construction documents derived from the model.
  • Verify equipment asset attribute data in the model.
  • Develop a Record BIM Model for integration into a facility management system.

Visual information is very important to portraying expectations and the intent of the finished product to the project team. To improve communication and engage team members in the project RAC uses all mediums available from computer renderings and 4D simulations to virtual reality and augmented reality technology. RAC performs sequential virtual walk-throughs for all project stakeholders. This allows each stakeholder to understand the project holistically and to interact with one another and resolve challenges. When a coordination item arises our BIM/VDC team render it virtually for life scale collaboration for all concerned parties.

3D Quality Surveying
3D quantity surveying is a process in which BIM can be used to generate quantity take-offs in a flexible, dynamic way.  This includes cost implications of additions or modifications to the initial design. Quantity take-offs are generated directly from the BIM Model resulting in more accurate take-off. RAC’s Estimators save time, and are able asses real-time cost implications for major scopes of work which can can aid in design decisions. RAC uses Autodesk’s Assemble Systems to Survey BIM models for quantities. Some quantities are used to validate and compliment an estimator’s traditional take-off.

3D Control + Planning
RAC decreases layout errors by linking the model with real world coordinates.  Linking the model increases efficiency and productivity by decreasing time spent surveying in the field. The information in the model is used to create detailed control points and aid in assembly layout. An example of this is the layout of walls using a total station, with points preloaded, and/or using GPS coordinates to determine if proper excavation depth is reached. This process reduces rework and eliminates language barriers because control points are received directly from the model.