The most successful architects understand that, for most clients, buildings serve a specific purpose. A good architect therefore takes the time to understand what the client is trying to achieve with the building and then designs a structure to meet those needs. But this client centric approach to buildings doesn’t stop during the design process; it extends to the delivery of buildings.
Construction is a collaborative process, involving every stakeholder, from contractors to engineers and building owners. This is exactly why architects, and in fact the AEC industry in general, have begun to recognize the value of bringing digital innovation to both the design and delivery of buildings. More specifically, recent advances in digital building models have made it easier to meet client expectations – and even exceed them – by enabling seamless collaboration during the crucial construction phase of a building.
So how exactly does it work? Building models are, after all, nothing new. But NavVis technology enables access to and use of digital building models without technical expertise or having to install expensive CAD software. This is a new development, and it has disruptive potential for the entire AEC industry.
When the project involves designs for existing structures, a 3D ‘as-built’ model can be captured with the NavVis M6 IMMS. The as-built 3D model can be web-streamed remotely to all stakeholders to discuss designs, ideas and changes. Every building stakeholder can then easily access the building data by using the NavVis IndoorViewer, which is browser-based 3D visualization software. The building interior can then be viewed and measured in great detail - unlimited times. This eliminates the need for several return walk-throughs that are necessary if working from original drawings, photos or memory. The IndoorViewer therefore makes it easy for every stakeholder to remotely monitor progress and minimize mistakes. The model can also be converted to a CAD version where proposed changes can be drawn and viewed.
The real benefit of digital collaboration is that every building stakeholder can actively engage in the project. This significantly increases the likelihood that the original vision will come to fruition and client expectations will be met – which is exactly why architects are embracing 3D technology.