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Utilizing Building Information Modeling to Design Parking

As an integrated architecture, structural engineering and parking planning firm, Building Information Modeling or BIM is a natural extension of our own collaborative workflow methodology that allows us to work with our internal and external project team in one streamlined venue. We use this powerful platform to monitor programming, coordinate design disciplines, communicate design intent through 3-D visualization and graphics and facilitate the preparation of construction documents.

To best serve our clients, we utilize Autodesk Revit combined primarily with Autocad and Sketch Up. From the earliest stages of design, this combination enables us to provide a common 2-D and 3-D stage to share design options and the ability to visualize them quickly. It also enables us to tailor our documentation to our clients’ and partners’ needs.

With the use of Autodesk Revit, or Revit as it is commonly known, we have been able to develop content unique to parking design that allows our team to accelerate the early stages of design. We essentially set up a base that the design team builds ups from as the project progresses through the different design stages.  With each milestone, the level of detail and information in the project file increases.

From a collaboration perspective, the ability to design and coordinate all the major elements of the project in one central file allows the design team to identify conflicts early on and provide solutions that result in a more coordinated set of documents. Revit’s complex modeling capabilities give us the ability to simultaneously apply changes to the plan, sections, elevations and 3-D views along with the ability to provide renderings from the same model.

The Watry Design Team can utilize our BIM project file at any stage of design to provide preliminary parking layouts, quick and easy 3-D visuals and walk and drive-through animations. Having these abilities greatly assists stakeholders in understanding the design.

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