in Autodesk April 30, 2008
Structural Engineering Firm Uses Autodesk BIM Solutions to Enable Interdisciplinary Design Collabora
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Mar 6, 2008 — Autodesk has announced that Rutherford & Chekene (R&C), a San Francisco-based structural and geotechnical engineering firm, has been awarded a Revit BIM Experience Award for its innovative use of building information modelling (BIM) to promote integration and collaboration across the extended building team. For more than two years, R&C has used Revit Structure software for design and collaboration on large technical institutional projects. Through its use of BIM, R&C is more efficiently and effectively coordinating designs and improving visualisation, analysis and documentation. This close collaboration helps the team identify issues early in the design phase.
The Revit BIM Experience Award is presented to commercial firms, educational institutions or individuals to honour their use of the Revit platform to create complex designs, collaborate across multiple disciplines and drive increased productivity and sustainability in the building design process.
“The use of the Revit platform for BIM has become a strong differentiator for Rutherford & Chekene in the marketplace,” said David Bleiman, S.E., principal at Rutherford & Chekene. “By using Revit Structure, we are now recognised as the ‘go to’ structural engineering firm for BIM in Northern California with current BIM projects totalling over $3 billion dollars.”
While collaborating with EHDD Architects to design a new $65 million biomedical life sciences building for the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), R&C was able to leverage interoperable Revit Structure and Revit Architecture models to coordinate all design elements early in the design process. Sharing their Revit-based models for design coordination and clash detection resulted in an optimised, efficient design process that worked to control building costs, schedules, and ultimately, outcomes. During the conceptual design of the project, R&C used Revit Structure to create four design options and used the link between Revit and ETABS, a structural analysis module, to analyse them. Once the analysis was completed, the Revit model was updated accordingly and allowed R&C and UCSC to make informed decisions at a very early stage in the project, reducing material waste and improving design quality and building performance.
R&C also utilised the Revit platform to work closely with architectural firm Sasaki Associates on the design of a student activity centre for California State University, Chico. The ability to reference both the Revit Architecture and Revit Structure models allowed all project stakeholders to easily visualise the complicated building. During a review of the facility’s gymnasium, R&C used the 3D visualisation features within Revit and the dynamic walkthrough feature of Autodesk NavisWorks to easily communicate the particular design approach, saving weeks of review time. The design team was also able to provide the Revit and NavisWorks models to the University’s construction management department to incorporate into their BIM curriculum for students.
“Rutherford & Chekene shares Autodesk’s vision for BIM as the process to enable integrated project delivery,” said Jay Bhatt, senior vice president, Autodesk AEC Solutions. “We look forward to further innovation from this industry-leading firm and their continued use of BIM to collaborate across their extended building team.”
About the Revit BIM Experience Award
The Revit BIM Experience Award celebrates building industry professionals and educators around the world who are helping to drive transformation of the building industry through building information modelling. Autodesk honours firms with this award for innovation and excellence in implementing the Autodesk Revit platform for building information modelling including Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and Revit MEP on one or more projects.