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CAD Addressing the Design Complexities in Construction

April 22, 2023 0 Comments blog
The design phase of the construction project must overcome numerous challenges due to its size, location, and other geographical and environmental factors. And the complexity of a construction project helps determine the overall approach to it, including tools and technology.

The introduction of CAD in the construction industry has helped to solve various design, construction, and operational challenges. The computer-aided design uses computer and specialist software to create virtual 3D models and 2D drawings of products. It supports altering or optimizing a design for precise and accurate drawings. Various CAD software used is AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, Data CAD, ArchiCAD, etc.

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CAD Addresses Traditional Construction Mode Challenges

CAD has replaced the traditional construction method, supporting engineers, architects, and construction managers to create 3D models and 2D drawings of the project for detailed visualization. CAD enables the development, modification, and optimization of the design process. Let us view some ways CAD addresses the challenges of traditional construction mode.

Converts 2D Drawings into 3D Models

Architects create manually drawn designs and 2D layouts in the early project planning phase. It serves as the road map for the overall floor plan of a structure. Using CAD software such as San2CAD, architects can convert them into CAD formats. CAD software can easily extrapolate these drawings into 3D BIM layouts for better visualization.

Enables a Comprehensive Design

Architects and designers can create a more comprehensive design with CAD as it considers several factors like electricity, plumbing, HVAC, and other elements. CAD software considers how various project elements interact with each other. And the detailed features of the design reduce work changes and surprises during construction.

CAD Simplifies Design Complexity

CAD features tools that simplify the creation of multiple design iterations and instances, which was difficult with hand drawings. Designers can quickly try different shapes, sizes, colors, materials, and textures and explore various design possibilities. CAD’s wide range of features supports creating difficult and detailed designs.

Unleash Creative and Sustainable Design

A single object can get created in several ways in CAD. For example, we can create a cylindrical figure by extruding a circle or rotating a rectangle. By identifying multiple perspectives, we can develop an innovative design. CAD tool’s extensive simulation and analytical capabilities help identify if design creativity supplements practical applications.

Availability of CAD Drawings at the Worksite

Project stakeholders can save CAD designs and drawings in the cloud. It enables contractors to access these drawings even at the worksite. Any modifications in the design get communicated to the entire team, including contractors and sub-contractors. They can recognize the possible impact on construction.  

Construction Complexities in Different Geographies and Ways CAD Design Supports

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The construction complexities vary across different geographical regions. Few geographical challenges encountered and how CAD technology supports are as follows.

Topographical Features of a Region

The topography of a region includes the mountains, hills, creeks, and other bumps or lumps on the Earth’s surface. The project design varies with its topography, and the Integration of CAD with GIS supports construction planning that can get executed based on its topographical condition.

Spatial Constraints

The site space constraint demands a creative design. CAD tools and their advanced features help create innovative designs, tackling spatial constraint challenges. Designers can visualize and modify them to improve design quality.

Energy Efficiency

CAD supports an energy-efficient project design development based on geographical conditions, weather, sunlight accessibility, rain, etc. We can integrate 3D CAD models and energy-efficiency tools to calculate, visualize and analyze building parameters and design the MEP system accordingly.

Avail High-quality Project Design with Skytree CAD Services

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Skytree brings a comprehensive CAD service from 2D drafting, 3D modeling, and CAD conversion to CAD migrations. Our CAD design services get customized to the project’s need, complexity, size, geographical location, and other specifications. The CAD designs developed at Skytree address various complexities due to project size, locations, space constraints, etc., ensuring creativity and sustainability.

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