To the uninitiated, construction drawings may appear to be a jumble of lines, numbers, text and arrows, with no real sense of meaning, but what if that information could be presented in such a way that it can be easily understood by anybody?
At JBPacific, we have embraced an approach to designing in 3 dimensions (4 dimensions if you include our modelling of coastal processes). By taking this approach, it allows us to better conceptualise the arrangement of design elements, avoid clashes, and facilitating the designing out of hazards which may arise at both the construction and operational phases of a projects life cycle. This also enables stakeholders to see what the final output will look like.
2D and 3D model of a sheet pile wall and reinforced concrete capping beam arrangement
Not only does carrying out a design in 3D enable easy visualization and design development, it affords both financial and program savings, with design revisions becoming much less onerous. Further benefits of this approach include the automated production of quantities and schedules.
These models can be put to further use, by exporting and manipulating them in a range of formats, that enable them to be incorporated into a range of software, creation DEMs for use in GIS, to STL’s for CFD models and even 3D printing!
What would you like to see designed in the 3D world?