Communicating the value of 3D collaboration to consultants using Revit as a 2D drafting tool.
At ZGF, Building Information Modelling (BIM) is at the center of our collaborative design process, organized around the creation of parametric 3D modeling of the entire project. When used as a 3D coordination tool, Revit allows for a smooth delivery of the BIM workflow and better coordination between consultants across documents. But, when a consultant uses Revit as a 2D drafting tool only, keeping workflow on track can get tricky.
At Autodesk University, ZGF’s Design Technology Manager, Laura Kay Smith, discussed how architects can work with consultants to effectively use Revit as a collaboration tool. In her session, Laura shared best practices for coordinating with consultants using Revit’s capabilities and setting up 3D modelling requirements to facilitate consultant BIM use. The session detailed critical planning steps that all project team members should engage in, including project kick-off meetings, mapping out 2D to 3D workflows, and writing BIM execution plans.
“Every project needs a kick-off meeting and a BIM execution plan. All parties need to understand how to collaborate on the project effectively,” says Laura. Drawing from her experience working with consultants to facilitate interoffice BIM goals, Laura also explored case studies and sample execution plans for different levels of BIM involvement.