Digital design is a broad term that embraces all stages of a building’s life cycle. 3D modelling or BIM makes it possible to improve coordination between disciplines. The result is a project where solutions are optimised and easy to construct.
Mitigating costs and risks
Part of our approach focuses on managing and sharing information effectively between the project design team, contractors and future users to reduce time, cost and risk in all phases of the project.
BIM is a central part of our digital design service and designates the use of a single, integrated 3D model throughout the design and construction life cycle of a project. This allows clients, designers and project stakeholders to experience the building early in the design process.
BIM is also useful for clash detection, which enables us to resolve design issues before construction commences. 3D models allow for clash detection in all phases linking the architectural, structural and building services.
Each discipline has its own 3D models to work with. These models can be combined into an aggregated 3D model. The aggregated model forms a strong basis for communication and decision-making throughout the project lifecycle. We thereby minimise the risk of costly design revisions during the construction phase.
BIM modelling offers valuable data for use during the entire project. Ramboll uses this information from the BIM models for calculation and simulations and in connection with sustainability certification such as DGNB. BIM models can be used as well for operation and maintenance.
We have extensive experience with the use of Rhino, Bentley Micro Station, Revit and other 3D modelling software, and analysis is an integral part of our design culture.
Sustainable, buildable and economical designs
Using advanced analytical tools such as FEM, Nucleus, Robot etc., we can provide more efficient solutions than would have been possible using traditional engineering techniques. Digital design makes it possible to assess, iterate and optimise building configuration and characteristics before construction – resulting in inspiring structures that are more sustainable, buildable and economical.
It is essential that the 3D tools can exchange data seamlessly to ensure efficient interdisciplinary collaboration. Efficient collaboration is the backbone in a digital design process, and for this reason Ramboll fully supports the open building.
Breaking new ground in digital design
We are pushing the boundaries of digital design and conduct research and development in the following emerging areas:
- 4D (time schedule and 3D model) modelling
- 5D (Cost + 3D model)
- 6D (Operation & Maintenance + 3D model)
- 7D (Sustainability + 3D model)
- Linking virtual models with real buildings (Digital Twin)
- SMART Buildings concepts
- VR/AR models
- Parametric design / Computational Design
- Interoperation of 3D and parametric models with other disciplines (including cost management, building physics and infrastructure).
Examples: 360 picture links from Vicinity Project
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