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Why Everyone Is Not a CAD Drafting Professional

Many structural engineers will agree that CAD drafting is perhaps the greatest and definitely the most important innovation in the last 50 years. It has had such a dramatic impact on the day-to-day activities of these professionals and has become the only way for them to keep up with the growth, the extensive competition, and the ever changing demands of the industry in which they find themselves. In a nutshell, CAD drafting guarantees accuracy and efficiency when it comes to construction projects, and these are the two things that every engineer values most.

But how has CAD drafting impacted the everyday activities of engineers? Well, it has changed the way that they communicate with builders and coworkers, in the sense that it has dramatically reduced the need for face to face meetings. Designs can be sent to people electronically, or stored on a cloud system and so be accessed by anyone who needs them. This, of course, also makes it possible for engineers to seek advice from colleagues or get a client’s approval even if that client or colleague is thousands of miles away. This, it goes without saying, saves a considerable amount when it comes to travelling costs and time. Because of the real-life visual nature of CAD rendering, the end product can instantly be understood by anyone, no matter how technologically inept they are, and the only person who has to be technologically inclined is the person who is responsible for creating and altering the design.

CAD has also allowed engineers to detect design problems before starting construction, which of course reduces the chances of having buildings constructed, only to be torn down and rebuilt. Apart from this, it allows them to calculate the exact amount of building materials that they will need for a project, which again saves time and money.

This is all well and good, but, as many engineers will tell you, CAD drafting has also complicated the lives of a lot of people who work in the building industry. The problem here is that there are a lot of cheaply made and wildly inaccurate CAD programs (if you can call them that) out there that can be freely downloaded. Many aspiring designers download these programs, create elaborate designs, and then send these designs off to builders, only to discover that what they’ve created can’t possibly be built, or is more structurally unsound than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

The truth is that quality CAD drafting programs are extremely expensive and, even if you can get your hands on quality software, it takes years of training and experience to operate it correctly. In other words, using pirated software from the net and deciding to do a DIY job in order to save a few dollars on designing your dream home is not a good idea. What do you stand to lose? The two things all of us (and not only engineers) value highly: namely, time and – possibly – money (if you can manage to fool someone into believing that your design can work). So, better to not risk it and, instead, call (800) 700-3305 for professional and reliable CAD drafting services.

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Utilizing Revit BIM Software for Residential Construction

When you are planning the construction of a private residence, it is imperative that you are able to bring your ideas to life in not only an aesthetically pleasing, but a realistic manner, too. Revit BIM software has been developed to assist architects and construction managers in developing and designing 2D or 3D renderings. Using the right CAD drafting software will help you achieve the best results in a realistic time period.

Here are some tips and benefits to utilizing Revit BIM software for residential construction:

  1. Saving costs: Due to the fact that your project is simpler than the construction of a high-rise building, office structure, or hospital, you may not need to take on the services of an architect to design your structure. A CAD service company will be able to assist you in drawing up initial designs.
  1. Functionality: By utilizing building information modeling software (BIM) you can adequately plan the physical and functional characteristics of your new home. Floor plans, upper floor framing, cross sections, foundation plans, and other structural details will all be designed in the program, enabling you to bring your vision and plans to life in a realistic manner that is functional and viable.
  1. Risk management: The software will assist you in creating a virtual construction of your residential structure. By doing this, you can assess any potential risks or problems, and any negative impacts that could affect the construction before you commence.
  1. Scale and planning: The BIM software enables you to plan and quantify products and materials that will be needed on site. This allows you to lower the likelihood that there will be excess waste materials on site. In addition to this, determining the correct scaling of the project through the BIM software will enable you to ensure adequate safety measures are implemented throughout each step of construction.
  1.  Project management: You will not only be able to render your residence, stage by stage, but you can measure material quantities, create timelines, and note other important aspects involved in the construction. The right BIM software makes the project management of your residential construction simpler and more efficient.
  1. Conversion: Once your rendering has been completed, with inclusion of measurements, site plans, specifications, and other details, you can print your plans out. This gives you something solid to work off, edit, and improve, should you need to go back to the drawing board.
  1. Budget: Due to the accurate rendering and material calculations, you will be able to determine any budget hiccups and extensions that will be necessary upfront. Use the software to calculate material requirements to directly calculate how much money you will need for various aspects of the construction project, allowing leeway for any unforeseen expenses onsite.

Once you have completed your rendering in your BIM software program, print out copies of the plans and give them to all people involved in the residential construction project. Before you do this, if you have the right BIM software, you will be able to interactively collaborate with the various project assignees in order to commence construction in the smoothest manner possible. For the most comprehensive BIM CAD service system for your residential construction project management, call us at (800) 700-3305.

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