Upfront Commitment to VDC Reduces Time and Saves Money Later in the Project
In the design and construction industry, adopting and utilizing virtual design and construction (VDC) technology provides layers of data not previously available. Autodesk tools such as Revit, AutoCAD, Plan 3D, Navisworks and BIM 360 Glue improve the efficiency and accuracy of projects through the entire project life cycle.
The Austin Company has been integrating design and construction services for well over a century and today utilizes virtual design and construction (VDC) technology, including Building Information Management (BIM), to best serve our clients.
With VDC, clients can see virtual 3D views of their designs long before construction, providing a deeper understanding of the design and revealing what can’t be seen in standard 2D views. This results in fewer changes after the design is complete, lowering project costs and allowing for better control of the project schedule.
Level of Development
Level of Development (LOD) Specification is a method by which Austin professionals clearly define and communicate with clients the content of building information models at different stages in the design and construction of a project.
The specification illustrates characteristics of model elements of different building systems at different Levels of Development, allowing the designer to define for the client the usability and limitations of the models they are receiving.
Virtual and Augmented Reality
Beyond 3D modeling, Austin uses virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to bring clients’ projects to life before they are constructed.
With VR, the entire 3D environment is digital and visual, allowing clients to “fly” or “walk” inside and around their virtual facility. With AR, digital information, such as the building model, is overlaid in a real-world visual simulation.
These tools not only stir the imagination of what is possible, but also provide even greater collaboration between Austin’s design and construction teams and the client.
3D Modeling Outcomes
- Reduced risk
- Clash detection
- Leveraging of model information
- Increased efficiency
- Increased collaboration and coordination
- Improved decision-making