Silvester Clark has been using 3D draughting technology for over fifteen years – we were one of the first to use it for production of construction drawings. We use Microstation and Revit as we believe they are the best tools currently available and have won international awards for our work in this area; our 3D documentation has been recognised as being at the leading edge.
We don’t just use it to create pretty pictures; 3D models are created for our building structures that are then used as the basis for our construction and fabrication drawings. In this way we virtually construct the building in our office so that we can find and solve the problems that are otherwise often not discovered until the building is under construction. This can save precious time and money for our clients.
With 3D building modelling technology, Silvester Clark can provide simple, clear images and drawings of buildings, and building components, which leave the viewer in no doubt as to what he or she is looking at. Greater clarity means reduced likelihood of errors and therefore reduced risk which translates into better pricing from contractors and their subcontractors.
Sharing our building models (BIM) with the other consultants on the design team leads to improved collaboration and better coordination. To facilitate this collaboration our CAD and BIM processes are aligned with national and international standards and best practices and we agree exchange protocols for each project. As each building, client and design team is unique so too our processes must be flexible enough to facilitate a smooth running design programme. These technologies enable, rather than replace, communication and collaborative design.
We are always pushing the boundaries of new technology and looking at new ways of providing better service to our clients. We are currently looking at ways of using 3D models to provide even more information for builders and building owners that will help them realise better returns on their investments; for example the use of BIM models in construction and facilities management phases.