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Computer Aided Design and BIM

We have invested heavily in our I.T. adopting industry standard software. This allows us to transfer information to clients and other team members efficiently.

Our software is also used to simulate Design Proposals and allows simple integration into architectural plans & scanned images.

The latest update in construction development is the new work of BIM (Building Information Model). An umbrella term for many programs such as Autodesk Revit, this software is revolutionising the industry. Replacing programs such as AutoCAD which is widely familiar to many companies- BIM is working its way slowly as the Avant Garde program for technology. Here at Sutcliffe Consulting Engineers we endeavor to progress our business by using the most up to date technology and thus are investing our time in this breakthrough software. 

The benefits of BIM: 

-Currently a specialist skill, as training expensive and software requirements high- meaning BIM benefits individual employees
-Allows for simultaneous work saving time 
-Makes less allowance for errors as should be corrected quickly or avoided initially saving the client money
-Modern technology, moving the industry forward 
-Allows for greater definition in work
-BIM can help with the analysis and comparisons of various energy alternatives to help facility managers dramatically reduce environmental impacts and operating costs
-Increases Employee Productivity
-Increases the public’s confidence in Stewardship

Our Computer Aided Design capability includes the following packages;

Amtech ProDesign
AutoCAD 2016
Bentley Hevacomp Version 8
Revit Design Suite Premium (an example of BIM)

By using 3 dimensional technology we are able to provide the following benefits for our clients:

-Full integrated 3 dimensional drawings of structures produced using latest AutoCAD Building Systems Software – drawings constructed quickly and cost effectively

-Allows clashes to be highlighted in M&E services and general steelwork and structure at the design stage

-Services co-ordination drawings can be split to produce cross section drawings through any point

-No variations to contract from additional pipework etc as services were fully co-ordinated

-Architectural form of building and room preserved and no boxings or additional service routes required

-On site co-ordination and site presence reduced by design stage co-ordination

-Setting out information provided to known highly serviced areas prior to fit out

-Any additional layers can be switched ‘on’ or ‘off’ the drawing electronically adding or subtracting information for different trades.

-Allows re-design of areas that are over serviced

-Client provided with 3 Dimensional view to assist in the ‘visualisation’ of the project and what is being provided