The Promise of Building Information Modeling and Beyond
D&D Engineering has always invested freely in technology. As CAD has evolved from 2D to 3D and then to Building Information Modeling (BIM), D&D has lead the MEP community in the implementation of new solutions and the resultant realization of benefit from their use in project work.
BIM has progressed in adoption throughout the AEC professions and has become main stream. D&D implemented the Autodesk Revit solution for MEP engineering, a true BIM tool, at its first release, and has completed numerous projects with it. This experience has made two things apparent; the possibility of a new way of designing and constructing buildings based on the integration of the separate BIM processes from each AEC member, and the corresponding promise that we can obtain the sustainable built environment we need, with much less waste, through this process of integration.
With the rapid evolution of technology in our industry, D&D has always characterized of being in the vanguard of it. That is why it was necessary to integrate the Internet of Things (IoT) in our projects, connecting the virtual world to the physical world. IoT devices and sensors are collecting job site data in a more affordable, efficient and effective way than previously imaginable. From analytics from sensor data to drive additional into software tools and services.
Integrated and Collaborative Processes
Integration plays a role not only in engineering processes, for example combining passive and active Lighting Design, then right-sizing – but more importantly in the relationships between all stakeholders involved, not only in the design of a building, also in the construction, use and maintenance throughout its lifecycle. The best way to achieve the built solutions we need is to collaborate more closely, front load design decisions, and integrate our separate processes into one.