Building Information Modeling
RK is a trailblazer in building information modeling (BIM) technology. BIM empowers us to create project solutions that can be constructed with minimal change orders and maximum efficiency. Our CAD department is home to nearly 50 experts that offer over 300 years of combined experience. Our BIM experts can look beyond the computer screen and into the field to more effectively run clash detection and anticipate conflicts before they materialize on-site, ultimately providing you with the most effective solutions.
Our use of BIM was featured in an AutoDesk client success story about how we used innovative CAD solutions in our work on the Denver International Airport. Autodesk invited a few of our experts to teach at their annual event, and we’re an Autodesk Industry Target Account, which gives us direct access to their developers so that we can collaboratively customize software to specific project requirements.
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- AutoCAD Architecture/MEP
AutoCAD Architecture/MEP is our primary design tool. We take advantage of many of its built-in parametric objects as well as its project management functionality.
- AutoDesk Fabrication CADmep
AutoDesk Fabrication software is an add-on for AutoCAD that lets us lay out systems using real-world parameters that accurately reflect what’s ultimately going to be installed in the field. After generating our building information model, we use the MAP software to generate shop drawings and send data directly to the RK shop for production of precise parts. This software also exports the data needed to accurately place products where they have been virtually coordinated and ensure seamless installation in the field.
- Navisworks Manage (Navis)
Navis is used by contractors, subcontractors and related trades to coordinate layouts and mitigate installation conflicts in the field. This pre-planning saves time, money and resources by eliminating the burden of working around existing conditions after fabrication or installation.
Revit allows us to use models received from outside design sources. Engineered mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) designs can be exported directly to the pre-coordinated fabrication software, making it easier and faster to get parts into the field for installation. Future uses of Revit include sending designs directly to the shop for fabrication and further expediting the process from engineered systems to fabricated parts (pending integration by Autodesk).
- 3ds Max
We use 3ds Max to visualize conceptual ideas that cannot be expressed with general design tools, such as prefabricated assemblies or mechanical rooms, to provide a more realistic view of what is going on. In addition, we also utilize Adobe Photoshop and After Effects in conjunction with our 3D software for post-production tasks.
Soon, we’ll be implementing Autodesk Vault data management server to maintain various versions of drawings and enhance project flow by making drawings available instantly and simultaneously to field, office and shop personnel.
- In-house Workstations
Our custom-built workstations accommodate the unique needs of our team at a fraction of the cost, leading to increased efficiency and team ability. With the most powerful workstations on the market, our team can handle even the largest projects with ease.
We hire experienced developers to create scripts and add-ins, turning laborious manual tasks into quick and easy automated executions. This saves time, reduces errors and increases efficiency.