Since 2011, Grant Design Group has been using Autodesk Revit, a 3D building information modelling (BIM) software, for all our projects. It has not only revolutionized the design process but also enabled clients to better visualize the design earlier on and make better informed decisions.
In a fully three-dimensional approach, creativity is maximized by fully integrating layout, finishes, lighting, millwork and signage early in the planning stage. Our clients now have the ability to virtually experience and walk through a project prior to any construction taking place. The impact of design changes can be seen ‘live’ through the use of Lumion & Enscape software which are add-ons to Autodesk Revit.
Although 3D modelling in interior design is typically used for visualization, we, at Grant Design Group, have fully embraced its use in all stages of the design process – from programming, planning, and costing, to furniture procurement and move management. BIM has also reinvented the design development/ contract documentation phase of a construction project. Coordination between disciplines (design, architecture, engineering) and the builder is more streamlined. By sharing a 3D model, consultants can resolve design conflicts earlier in the process. Contract drawings become clearer with the inclusion of perspectives and axonometric details. Construction budgeting becomes easier when the power of BIM is used to create more accurate take-offs.
A 3D approach has also allowed us to innovate during the contract administration / project management phase of a project. Any contract changes are documented and presented in three dimensions, ensuring maximum clarity for all parties. As well, furniture procurement and move management becomes simpler through automated scheduling and improved methods of tracking phased moves.