Putting the flow in workflow
Arcop successfully leveraged BIM to enhance their design workflow and streamline their documentation and construction process
Project summaryArcop offers a full range of standard architectural services. The company has expertise in most building types including residential, commercial and office buildings, hotel, cultural, educational and health institutions, as well as high technology facilities and major multi-use developments.
The project is located at Sector-84 in Gurgaon. The site spreads across 12.515 acres. It comprises of 7 towers with 26/23 floors and 2/1 basements. It also includes a clubhouse building, multipurpose hall, an economically weaker section building, and a convenient shopping centre with car parking facilities.Arcop conducted a comprehensive search for the industry’s most advanced design technologies and processes. The company standardised on Autodesk Revit Architecture software for building information modelling (BIM). The firm also adopted other Autodesk software products, including Autodesk Revit Structure software and Autodesk Revit MEP software to include in their BIM process. Since adopting these products, Arcop uses BIM for coordination and project deliverables across all projects.
ChallengesThe basic challenge was to bring the team of Arcop, the consultants and Alpha G Corp–the developers of this pilot project–to streamline coordination. Another challenge was changing the mindset by showing the team that BIM processes can save time and produce more accurate work over traditional practices.
“Once adopted, the effort reduces significantly with every subsequent project. With well worked out content management, the learning’s from one project get transferred to the next project and save that much time and effort in every subsequent project unlike our present methods of working where the effort and time required does not seem to reduce ever,” said Sanjay Verma, Director at Arcop Associates Pvt. Ltd.
ObjectiveThe immediate objective was to ensure that all drawings and documentations are well thought out, well co-ordinated and 100 per cent error free. Spending more quality time in design oriented efforts rather than doing mundane tasks such as drawing, numbering, dimensioning, tagging, drawing up sections and elevations mechanically was one of the expected outcomes of implementing BIM. At the end of the day the final goal was the ability to deliver highly accurate drawings and documents at site—to make sure there are no surprises at site and the number of Requests for Information (RFIs) is reduced drastically with the ultimate aim to eliminate them.
The short term objective was to inspire the project consultants to adopt BIM and Autodesk Revit. The Pangburn Group (TPC) Consultants—their structural consultants—was the first of the lot who saw the advantages of BIM. Once consultants are on the same platform as Arcop, the collective efficiency, accuracy and time commitment increased significantly.
In the long term, Arcop viewed BIM as a powerful tool in the entire lifecycle of the project that not only delivers documentations that dynamically helps with the construction process, but is eventually available as a live model and database for end users and clients to manage their property from both a maintenance and inventory point of view.
ResultDuring construction, Arcop experienced a timely delivery of documents, keeping expenses under the budget, and a high level of coordination and quality during all phases of their workflow.
A Revit model was used to create an interactive digitally fabricated site model as part of a permanent exhibit—detailing the many sustainable features associated with the building and surrounding site.
“A BIM approach helped everyone understand the building much earlier in the design process,” said Mr. Verma. “We did not have to generate 2D plans, elevations and roof plans to describe it to all of the other disciplines. It really helped us make better-informed decisions earlier in the project that helped avoid issues during construction.” The Autodesk Revit platform also helped the project team improve the overall design quality. New business opportunities“Revit MEP software has been a big help for us in developing better client relationships and new business opportunities,” said Mr. Verma. “When we adopted BIM three years ago, we were one of the first, if not the first, Architectural firms in town to adopt Revit Architecture software.”
With an increasing adoption of Autodesk Revit by other firms, Arcop has a valuable three-year head start. “We can present our teams as a single team that has experience collaborating in a BIM environment. That is a huge business advantage,” said Mr. Verma.
Autodesk BIM solutions offer valuable insight and help enhance the decision-making process, coordination and creating construction drawings significantly and control project cost almost instantaneously.
– Deb Guha, CEO, Arcop Associates Pvt. Ltd.