by Rakks | November 15th, 2010
The Rakks team works very closely with architects and engineers. We understand that designing a building from the ground up is a massive undertaking, requiring the coordination of architects, designers, engineers and many more industry professionals. Making numerous revisions at each level with the consistent maintenance of building standards and codes is made possible through the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM).
In the Boston office of the widely-recognized international engineering firm AKF Group LLC, Building Information Modeling technology is an essential tool for this award-winning company to continue meeting and exceeding client expectations.
Design Engineer Chris Leonard explains, “An architect will get a request from a client to design a new building or space in an existing building. The architect will then use Revit (a form of BIM) to create a 3D model of the building. From there, the architectural model is sent to us [AFK] so we can put our design into the building. As an MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing/Fire Protection) firm, we have to design and model the entire system for each trade, so it fits inside the designed space specified by the architect. What this does is help us coordinate all trades together, in 3D, in order to determine how everything fits and if there are any conflicts (equipment that is too large for a space, pipes that interfere with ductwork, etc.). In the long run, this saves time and money because we can work out any coordination issues in the design phase, a much more efficient, cost effective solution than changes being made in the field.”
BIM represents the latest evolution in the world of architecture and engineering. At Rakks, we have developed an extensive library of BIM objects that are available for design engineers at ARCAT. Rakks counter support brackets are just one example from our BIM compatible library. These can be used in a wide range of applications including handicapped accessible bathrooms. Our EHV-Vanity support brackets simplify and reduce the cost of installing sinks and provide a stable and sturdy mounting surface for custom-built enclosures.
In addition to providing a “wow factor” to clients, BIM ensures every aspect of the building works in unison and proactively addresses conflicts to create a cohesive end result.