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The Tallest Skyscrapers in the World

Even nowadays people tend to think of America when they hear the words “tallest skyscrapers in the world.” This is largely because the first of these giant architectural marvels were erected between 1884 and 1939 in New York and Chicago. Not all of these first attempts were easy builds, and this was largely due to the fact that there weren’t technologies like 3D CAD Services to assist during the planning phase of these gigantic constructions.

The world’s first skyscraper was the Home Insurance Building in Chicago, which was started in 1884 and completed in 1885. It was ten stories tall, and its peak reached 138 feet, which might have been gargantuan at the time, but seems short by today’s standards.

What is interesting to note is that the four tallest skyscrapers in the world today are nowhere near America. They were all built between 2004 and 2012, and the tallest of these reaches 2716.54 feet, which makes the Home Insurance Building in Chicago seem like a dollhouse in comparison.

After the blueprints of the four tallest buildings in the world were completed, their designers made use of 3D CAD Services to have models made before starting the construction process. This was an important step, one they couldn’t afford not to take, because when you reach for the sky you have to make doubly sure that your building is structurally sound.

By now you’re probably bursting to know what the four tallest skyscrapers in the world are, so we’ll stop this talk about 3D Cad Services, for now, and start the countdown:

  1. Shanghai World Financial Center. In fourth place we have the Shanghai World Financial Center located in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China. This glass structure with a twist is1614.17 feet tall and has 101 floors. It houses offices, conference centers, a hotel with 174 rooms, and three observation decks. Construction started in 1997 and was completed in 2008.
  2. Taipei 101. Third place is occupied by Taipei 101, which is located in the Xinyi District of Taipei, Taiwan. It is 1666.67 feet tall, looks like a stack of glass Chinese take-out boxes and is the tallest and largest green building in the world. The 101 floors are occupied by commercial offices. Construction started in 1999 and was completed in 2004.
  3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel. Runnerup is the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel in Mecca. This 1971.78-foot-tall building holds a couple of world records – namely, the world’s tallest clock tower, and the world’s largest clock face. It looks like a mixture between Big Ben and a mosque, with a couple of apartment buildings thrown in between. It consists of a five-story shopping mall (the Abraj Al Bait Mall), a parking garage with the capacity to hold a thousand vehicles, residential towers, two heliports, and a conference center. In total, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel can house up to one hundred thousand people. Construction started in 2004 and ended in 2012.
  4. Burj Khalifa. And the winner is: The Burj Khalifa situatedin Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. It is 2716.54 feet tall, and this almost rocket-shaped building was started in 2004 and completed in 2010. It consists of 163 floors and houses offices, apartments and an impressive eight hotels. It not only holds the record for the world’s tallest building, but also holds a number of other records, which include the tallest free-standing structure in the world, highest number of stories in the world, highest outdoor observation deck in the world, and elevator with the longest travel distance in the world.

There you have it: the four tallest skyscrapers globally. All of which made use of 3D CAD services during the planning phase, and this contributed greatly toward them being structurally sound. If you’re in need of CAD Services, don’t hesitate to call us at (800) 700-3305.

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How to Keep Your Office Staff Motivated during Remodeling

This blog is about how CAD Construction can help keep your staff motivated while upgrades are being made to your office space. Before we discuss this slightly unconventional solution, however, let us first come to grips with the gravity of the problem:

All right … so the time has come for the office to be remodeled, and not everyone is as excited about the revamp as you are. Business operations can’t come to a standstill just because you’re upgrading your work environment and there will be many interruptions, much noise, and many bodies moving around as the contractors build, paint, and install. It’ll take a lot more effort to stay focused and get things done, so it’s no wonder that your team isn’t happy. If only they could see this venture the way you see it: after the contractors are done, the space will be more conducive to the work that’s being done. A little bit of discomfort, now, for a lot more comfort, later on.

Unfortunately, in situations like these, motivational catch phrases like “it’s only for a short period of time” or “we can do this” only tend to make people more irritated and less tolerant towards these types of disruptions. You need to keep them motivated, and you’re looking for effective ways to do this, because, if you don’t, the only thing that will get done is a lot of complaining.

The secret is to make them as excited about the upgrade as you are. So, how do you do this? It starts by showing them what they can expect.  The most effective way to do this is a 3D CAD construction, or a model of the space that you’re renovating. This may seem a bit extreme and unnecessarily expensive, but consider this: the best way to help people see what you’re trying to achieve is to physically show them.

All will be explained in due course, and what follows is a step by step plan that might seem a bit unconventional, but stands a good chance of succeeding:

1.         Make use of a 3D CAD service provider and have a model made of the space that you’re renovating. Don’t try to save money by leaving out the custom-made finishes and furniture. The custom-made finishes and furniture will give your staff a clear idea of what they can expect.

2.         Talk them through it. After your model is finished and set up, talk your staff through it and explain it to them in detail to help them see the bigger picture. Show them where they will be working and ask if it meets their approval. If they make suggestions, try to incorporate them into the design. This will make your staff feel more involved, and people tend to be more patient when something that they’ve had a say in is busy being implemented.

3.         Place the model in a position where everyone can see it. This will serve as a reminder of what is being worked towards and what awaits everyone once the contractors are done. It will also remind them of the talk you had and how you all agreed to be a bit more patient.

There you have it: A slightly unconventional motivational plan that involves 3D CAD construction. It might cost a bit, but considering that motivated people are more productive, it does make the investment worthwhile. To order your 3D model, call (800) 700-3305 today, to ensure the 3D model arrives before your office has been remodelled.


How 3D CAD Construction Models Help Convince Investors

3D models can be extremely useful, and most architects consider them a necessity for larger projects.  They allow us to take a closer look at certain aspects of our designs, and they also simplify the communication of our design ideas. Large architectural projects often require 3D CAD Construction as soon as the plans have been completed. They are used to convince investors of a profitable idea, work out those last kinks, and, finally, because they are visual representations of our aspirations, they also help to keep us motivated throughout the weeks, months, and sometimes years that it takes to complete a project.

Before contracting a 3D CAD service provider, there are a couple of points concerning your CAD construction or model that you should give some serious thought to. Before we get to these points, however, it’s important to remember to have a copy of your project information in TIF, PDF, DWG, DGN, or Revit files available to be sent to your preferred CAD services provider, as this is not only necessary to ensure that your model turns out to be a tangible representation, but also to determine what this CAD Construction will cost.

Here are the points that you should consider:

1)      Exterior. What kind of exterior would you like — plain or with finishes? If you’re building it for no other reason than to allow yourself a closer look at your design, then by all means go for plain. If the plan is to present your design to potential investors, then go for the finishings.  It’ll cost a bit more, but it’ll also make a greater impact.

2)      Interior. The same applies here. Go for detailed finishes if you’re going to present your 3D CAD Construction.  If not, keep it simple to avoid paying out for unnecessary features.

3)      Furniture and fixed equipment. It might feel like we’re going the “dollhouse” route, here, but just as the exterior will give people an idea of what you’re building, a fully furnished interior will show people how a space will be inhabited. It’s a visual way of demonstrating that you’ve designed this building with the comfort and wellbeing of people in mind. That is usually a huge selling point. Best of all: these furniture items and the fixed equipment can also be custom made to your exact specifications, meaning that you can have an exact replica built of the building that you intend to build. Think about this, and maybe you could ask your interior decorator to get involved and help with the design of the furniture. It might sound silly, but the fact is that details like this allow people to see the complete picture and, by showing that you’ve literally thought of everything, it inspires trust in your ability and design.

At the end of the day, a model like this makes a nice keepsake after the project is over. Or why not speak to the investors and have it displayed in the full-size building? Take this opportunity to go big the next time you decide to build, and you need to convince a couple of investors to be part of your aspiration. A 3D CAD Construction is sure to help you turn your dream into an architectural masterpiece!

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