Gauging the benefits
The Northstowe project is one key example of how the use of Autodesk software has benefitted Eurban. More generally, Eurban has reaped significant rewards from the use of Revit in particular.
As McCooey explains: “One of the key benefits of Autodesk Revit for us is its ability to produce good quality production drawings that capture the essence of the digital model. We see the model as a very important means of both generating a good package of information and extracting accurate data that is used as the project develops. This ensures that any design progression is recorded accurately and that it can be priced accordingly for manufacture and delivery.”
“Revit is also a great way of delivering BIM Level 2 projects, he added. “You can develop a template to suit different BEP requirements, ensuring your model and associated suite of drawings comply, while also using the same information to clearly define what your scope is and what you are offering as a package. It’s important that we are able to show the clients what we are delivering, and Revit helps us to do that.”
As Eurban deploys the design software on structural engineering projects today, Microdesk continues to play an important supporting role in supplying software, testing design models and, not least in providing well-informed expert training sessions. The two companies have worked together looking at developing BIM lifecycle best practices in a way Eurban can use with design and modelling software, this will help to drive efficiencies further in the future. The findings of this review have been incorporated into bespoke training programmes which Microdesk runs regularly with the Eurban team.
Looking to the future, Eurban is dedicated to continue leading the way in the design, manufacture and assembly of solid timber structures. Autodesk software and the support of Microdesk will be instrumental in helping it to achieve this goal.