ADS is using the next generation of 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. Our architectural projects are designed with ArchiCAD, a Building Information Modelling (BIM) software. BIM Software such as ArchiCAD allow a design to be drawn in three dimensions from day one of the design which creates a virtual building. The ‘visualisation’ of an evolving design means alternatives are canvassed for quicker decision making. The entire design process becomes more efficient. With the aid of these 3D virtual buildings, a wider set of internal stakeholders – such as staff, executives and management – have the opportunity to engage at an earlier time than would have been possible in the past. All designers – whether they are architects, interior designers– work from the one BIM model. BIM enables our designers to more efficiently integrate our designs with other building services inputs and identify points of conflict between construction elements as they arise. This ability to prevent conflicts is a real benefit especially for technically complex project. BIM is particularly valuable for environmentally sustainable design. BIM is able to add a further dimension to a design: time. The result is the ability to model the performance of an architectural design over time. The result is a powerful driver towards fully integrated sustainable design. Building and fit out performance can be adjusted for most efficient energy, lighting and spatial use. Materials and equipment can be selected that provide optimal results across the long term. The BIM model of a building can be integrated with a building’s management system for optimal plant and equipment settings
ADS’s project coordination service frees our design team to do what they do best: design. Our in-house service operates seamlessly with the design product. Our dedicated BIM Manager works closely with the design & documentation team focusing on the delivery process from inception to completion, achieving the optimum design solution within fixed parameters. Project coordination addresses the full range of the delivery process, including authorities’ submission requirements, services coordination & value engineering. We employ various tools to review deliverables, controlling project delivery against the objectives of time and design suitability. Pavlo, one of the principals of the firm is passionate about structural systems & works closely with project engineers to provide economic structural design to minimise transfers & project costs.
When applied to the construction process, value engineering has enormous benefit for developers, builders & end users. The multi-step process is an integral part the design stage of a new development and aimed at increasing value. Concentrating on the maximising the project’s function while minimizing cost generates the greatest value for our clients. An important part of the value engineering planning process is the workshop, we have achieved significant project benefits through regular value engineering workshops with clients Decode & Alliance Project Group. Held during the design phase of the project, the value engineering workshop involves our BIM & Design team who reviews the proposed project, performs a functional analysis of the facility, obtains the owner’s definition of value, defines key criteria for the project, and offers alternative solutions for the project. The team at ADS has a passion for value engineering as it not only provides a more cost effective building solution for our clients but also often increases overall usable space within the building envelope.