Architecture Firm Uses Building Information Modeling Process to
Facilitate Evidence-Based Design Decision Making
MIAMI, Jun 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Autodesk,
Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a world leader in 2D and 3D
design, engineering and entertainment software, announced that DesignGroup
has received an Autodesk
BIM Experience Award for extending the use of building information
modeling (BIM) to sustainable design, and for the application of a BIM
process on more than 40 building projects to date, representing over
4.2-million square feet. The award further recognizes the firm's efforts
to promote BIM through presentations, lectures and continuing education
seminars for its partners, consultants, clients, local builders,
industry groups and universities.
DesignGroup is also being honored for its exemplary use of software for
BIM, including Autodesk
3ds MaxDesign, Autodesk
Ecotect Analysis, (whose active subscribers have access to Autodesk
Green Building Studio web-based service), and Autodesk
"At DesignGroup we use a BIM process to digitally develop, visualize,
analyze and validate innovative building designs that satisfy our
client's goals for energy performance, aesthetics and budget," said
Brian Skripac, BIM technology manager for DesignGroup. "We fully
leverage both the qualitative and quantitative information in the Revit
model to support a BIM workflow within our design teams. We use that
same information within the Revit Architecture model in an interoperable
format with Ecotect Analysis and Green Building Studio to help give our
design teams and clients the analysis they need for solid evidence-based
decision making and capital planning."
Exemplary Use of BIM Process on Recent Major Projects
One of DesignGroup's recently built BIM process-based projects is the
Insurance Audubon Center located in Columbus, Ohio. Targeted for LEED
Silver or potentially Gold Certification, the urban ecology learning
center serves as a model for sustainable design and environmental
education. DesignGroup and the project's structural engineer used an
integrated Revit Architecture-based model for design collaboration,
coordination and evaluation of design alternatives and sustainability
strategies. For more information on this project, see the Audubon
Center customer story.
DesignGroup's other recent BIM process-based projects include the new Hocking
College Energy Institute, poised to become Ohio's first LEED
Platinum-certified higher education building, and an $85-million new
patient tower addition for Butler Health System in Pennsylvania.
Both projects featured integrated project teams using the Revit platform
for earlier decision making and improved design coordination, with
Autodesk Navisworks software applied to the Butler Health System project
for cross-discipline clash detection and construction planning. One of
the team's current projects, delivered with partner company Energent
Solutions, is a study for Nationwide
Mutual Insurance Company that will help the company reduce the
energy consumption of its corporate headquarters office towers.
BIM is an integrated process for exploring a project's key physical and
functional characteristics digitally before it's built, helping to
deliver projects faster and more economically, while minimizing
environmental impact. Coordinated, consistent information is used
throughout the process to design innovative projects; better visualize
and simulate real-world appearance, performance and cost; and create
more accurate documentation.
Founded in 1972, with offices in Ohio and Kentucky, DesignGroup is
widely regarded for its initiative and leadership in sustainable
building design. Its staff of more than 50, including 35 design
professionals, uses Autodesk BIM software for its architecture, interior
design, graphics, sustainability and BIM services. Sustainability has
been an important design initiative for the firm since its founding, and
today 93 percent of its design professionals are LEED accredited. The
firm uses Advanced
Solutions, Inc., in Columbus, Ohio, as its reseller.
Autodesk, Inc., is a world leader in 2D and 3D
design, engineering and entertainment software for the
manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment
markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk
continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software
to help customers experience their ideas digitally before they are
built. Fortune 100 companies -- as well as the last 15 Academy Award
winners for Best Visual Effects -- use Autodesk
software tools to design, visualize and simulate their ideas to save
time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation for competitive
advantage. For additional information about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.
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