Often the roles of architects, engineers and builders are staggered throughout different phases of a project. The vision of an architect might not be translated through structural design, or built to the way a builder sees fit. A 3D model is an excellent communication tool that speaks to all three parties early in the project. It allows everyone to understand the design, structure and build, helps eliminate miscommunications, resulting in a better end product.
As part of the TAG Panels design process, we create a 3D model for each of our projects. We use powerful modelling software from Switzerland, called Cadwork. This software is a universal platform which interfaces seamlessly with other softwares and can be used to coordinate with trades from steel fabricators to surveyors, ensuring absolute accuracy.
Cadwork can also export a web based version of the model which requires no software to view, just a simple internet connection and is the perfect platform for architects, engineers, builders and even clients to view the model at their leisure.
Using Cadwork, the TAG Panels design team combines the architectural and structural drawings together into a single model. It is then populated with every building material from beams, studs, and hangers, to insulation, WRB (weather resistive barrier) and service locations.
3D model image from TAG Panels ‘Coral Way Project’ in Ucluelet, BC
Populating the model with structural and architectural materials has many benefits:
It allows for better visualisation of what the building, structure and assemblies will look like and how they will integrate with one another
Creates a detailed material take off and reveals hidden costs that might have been overlooked during estimating
Reduces material waste during construction as the model can calculate and optimize exact lengths, areas and quantities of construction materials required
Identifies potential collisions and problem details early on in the design process preventing costly delays on site
Helps the architect, engineer, and builder see each others roles, visions and the obstacles they face
In the previous blog post, we explored the importance of an air barrier. 3D modelling can help identify a range of critical barriers and ensure their continuity throughout the building envelope, especially around problematic details. So whether you’re trying to meet a particular level of the BC Energy Step Code or maybe even meet the strict Passive House standard, a 3D model may just give you that extra edge to meet your high performance target.
If you are interested in learning more about TAG Panels design process and how our 3D modelling could help you on your next project, head on over to our website, drop us a message or feel free to stop by the factory for a chat.