As always I am two jobs and a life time down the road from this landmark 3D project by the time I find the time to blog about it. Even as we were landing the job I was thinking…..”gotta blog about this one!” A huge portion of my steam for the blog was taken out when our client beat me to the blogosphere with the kind of complimentary review that you could pay a marketing firm thousands of dollars for and still not get as catchy a quote as Josh came up with. Obviously a senior pro in the blog world…..A big tip o’ the hat to Josh Mogal at Ecohistorical for his encouraging words. Please check his blog out at http://ecohistorical.wordpress.com to see the interesting work he is involved in.
I was very excited to land this job because it represented the first time an architectural firm had come seeking a Revit job. Before this it had been me pushing for opportunities to do the 3D BIM without the clients really caring. Being forced to convert to CAD at the end of the project so they could convert to ArchiCAD or Rhino or Vectorworks or having them say helpful things like…..”a photo would give me as much detail”……..At last we had an company on the same page as us…..thank you to the team at Feldman Architecture for wanting to go on this journey with us. I think that Josh’s excited feedback is a clue to the power of 3d as-builts in providing a platform for our homeowner base to be involved in the creative process from the start. Everyone that has seen the 3d as-built in all its glory understands the power of this package.
Working with Feldman to get a BMI only quote together was a new experience for both companies. We had to get our head out of the 2d CAD scene to provide them with the package they needed. Suddenly quoting a company for sections and elevations seemed redundant when they can generate all those working drawings themselves. We quickly settled on a BIM model only package which suited them and will probably end up becoming a standard package for us.
Anyway that’s the boring back room stuff….for the measuring geeks out there I want to say…..YES WE CAN…….. measure on site and build a stylish 3D model of a SF Victorian in about the same time frame as the 2D would have taken…and boy o boy the results are way more sexy! With Feldman requesting a 3D site plan with basic massing of the adjacent structures and a topo of the site we were able to fuse our Total Station measuring techniques with the Revit tools to smash and bash our way through a project that now contains a stunning amount of data for a 4 day job. I was on cloud nine for about 3 days after this project and couldn’t help spinning the model and setting cameras to check it out all the time. What energizes me is that most of the people you talk to seem to see 3D asbuilts as a tool that is only worth while using for super big commercial projects BUT I think that our speed of measuring and drawing plus the reaction of the layman to these kind of drawings make a powerful argument for more architects to move into this service. Fingers crossed…….