Since graduating from Humber College with an Architectural Technologist diploma I have worked in a variety of fields that have given me the opportunity to become proficient with cad software. Initially AutoCAD and more recently both revit architecture and structure. Due to market conditions I have had a unique opportunity to be able to develop my cad, design & problem solving skills in a wide variety of fields. I always seemed to be the person in the office to troubleshoot cad issues. Most recently I have had an exciting introduction to onsite teaching & mentoring.
I was introduced to the advantages of 3D design doing auto body part design early in my career. Although 3D is by far the design method of choice it had not gained real popularity outside of the manufacturing area and this was the end of my introduction to 3D and the beginning of my belief in it as a design tool.
Before a civil version existed, I put AutoCAD to use doing mapping applications both for structure location and civil addressing. In a 2D environment, I was involved in greenhouse design / fabrication / erection, architectural and structural design. When a fabricator contacted my company to have some support units designed I took the opportunity to introduce them to 3D. I was able to model the supports, produce the fabrication sheets and send along a nice render of the final product to the fabricator who then built the part and shipped it to site to fit into pre-set anchors in the floor. To the installers surprise the support slipped over the anchors without a hitch. I explained that I was confident that it would fit because I had already built the supports.
It was this project that sold the advantages of 3D and as soon as I made management aware of revit and it’s capabilities the move to an exclusive revit environment was a simple decision. The benefits have paid off as we are busier than ever, producing drawings & scheduling better and faster and at the same time conveying design intent & constraints more clearly. This simply results in a better end product for the client and a more satisfied client. Additionally we are finding that our interaction with contractors & fabricators has improved as we can communicate better on paper. For the more technically advanced contractors we have the ability to send them a 3D model they can investigate, cut into and pull apart so there is far less ambiguity between the documentation and the realized result.