As an architect, you are using newer technologies and staying in front of innovations in CAD. But how are your plans and renderings translating in black and white?
Picture this: through one drawing mechanical, electrical, and architectural are all represented in one concise drawing. Contractors can tell how the spatial arrangement is supposed to go while having the whole picture in mind, not just their one partial piece. How much rework would this save?
Save Money with Clear Communciation
In a 3D drawing, all spatial relationships can be seen. How often do contractors misread a drawing, causing multiple "rework" scenarios, delaying projects, and, eventually, casting a ray of doubt from the client on the whole group trying to complete a project? Much of skillful construction and good project management is actually communication and clarity in that communication.
It used to be that color drawings were much more expensive to print than black and white prints. However, printing costs have come down to where it becomes an attractive option. Consider that you would be able to combine 3 or 4 drawings onto a single sheet and still communicate that effectively. Now consider that the sheets can be printed for about 4 times the price of a typical black and white print.
Printing speed, which used to be an issue when printing in color (considering that most work was done by ink jet), has now come up to the level where it can be used even for large jobs. Ogden Blue can print construction plans (blueprints), engineering drawings, and other CAD type drawings at a full 4 pages per minute (4 ppm). Consider that an ink jet printer prints at 1/5 ppm, and you will quickly see how much different this technology is.
By keeping the file in a 3D CAD environment, it helps architects and engineers clearly see what the other is doing. As each iteration comes through from each professional, each of his or her colleagues can clearly see what the intent and spatial arrangement of the previous creator was. This saves tremendous time in translation from one to the next. Continuing in this same arrangement, the contractor is pulled in as a partner in that communication loop. Through clear communication and by every subcontractor seeing exactly the same drawing, the communication time is greatly decreased. The subcontractor sees exactly the same drawing the architect shared with the engineer.
This clear path of communication, without a need to "translate" from 3D to 2D with all the communication errors this can produce, leads directly to reduced job rework and slip in the job schedule.
As competition for work and dollars has been fierce, so has the need to reduce job cost and decrease the costly rework required in a job. By increasing the effectiveness of communication, the architect, general contractor, and engineer work together to reduce the amount of error and increase the efficiency of the whole team. Stay 3D in color... better customer service, better communication, happier teams, and reduced scheduling adjustments. What could be better? Contact us today to learn more by calling or clicking on the contact button. We hope to show you how color helps transform and streamline today's already efficient construction.