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Formit: An Opportunity to Save Cash and Increase Marketability

Today we have a guest post from Elijah Gregory. 

Elijah Gregory is a high school senior who’s interest in architecture software and BIM has lead to him becoming a fount of knowledge in this evolving field.

As a follow up to last week’s article, Elijah explores how Formit can benefit the design workflow.

Formit: An Opportunity to Save Cash and Increase Marketability

In the AEC community, we like to think of things in terms of three things: design, cost, and scheduling. Every aspect of a job revolves around these three topics.

When architectural firms wish to keep high-quality design aspects incorporated into a building, engineering firms wish to keep the building structurally sound, and construction companies wish to keep costs low, the schedule on-time, and the delivery seamless, the entire community seems to come together to produce extremely intuitive, forward-thinking products time and time again.

More recently, in response to the evident need for a mobile platform for design, the company renowned for its BIM suite of products, Autodesk, released a mobile and web-based app, Formit.

Formit focuses on 3D mass modeling, or in other words, the general shape and design of a project.

All aspects of the AEC community can benefit from mass modeling in some way, but most evidently from a marketing and estimating standpoint.

Traditionally, clients come to architectural firms to introduce an idea of a building, architectural firms design the building and take the design to an engineering firm to calculate the buildings structural integrity, and a construction company comes in and builds the building. Now, the traditional system works, but every system can improve in some regard.

A common flaw in the typical AEC system lies within miscommunication issues between the client, the architectural and engineering firms, and the construction company. Where one party may view a bathroom as 13′ 6″ x 8′ 4″ adjacent to a bedroom, another party may misinterpret the description and imagine it or draw it on a completely different side of the level.

Visualization plays a key role in any job. Above all else, experience with a given field impacts an individual’s ability to visualize components in a construction environment. As the architects, engineers, contractors and tradesmen seldom have in-depth knowledge of each other’s fields, and clients seldom have any knowledge of any of the fields, each party typically views given scenarios and wishes in completely different manners.

Formit squashes visualization discrepancies between all parties in the initial design phase of a building. Using the 3D mass modeling orientation of Formit, architectural firms can sit down with the client and design a majority of the proposed building directly with them. What’s more—any of the other parties can go through the design and add, modify, or remove parts of the building later on, streamlining the information and cutting down on miscommunication issues.

Not only will clients be wowed by the architectural firms’ capabilities, but engineers, construction companies, and subcontractors can benefit as well. Formit can be exported into Revit, which operates as a multi-discipline platform. Thus, based off of conceptual design the trades can design on a uniform, collaborative software.

Finally, running the final Revit model through clash-detection and simulation software such as Navisworks and Vasari, construction companies can eliminate future conflicts and develop methods to optimize full-cycle energy efficiency—meaning lower re-work costs, more accurate scheduling, a lower energy bill and a happy client.

Formit plays an essential role in diminishing communication and visualization discrepancies by being the first part in a multi-step solution to smart building.