Building Information Modelling

In 2004, HIP began deployment of 3D Building Information Modelling through the Autodesk REVITĀ© software. During the early years of implementation the firm was a pioneer in the application of this technology but now finds itself fully partnered with all the major engineering firms it works with. Additionally, many general contractors and sub-contractors such as structural steel fabricators are using the technology and realizing its benefits.

In simple terms, the production of drawings from the design phase through to the construction drawings are developed as a 3D model. This allows client and design team to visualize the results and extract renderings from the model throughout the process. The integration of all architectural and engineering systems, modelled in 3D space, enables the design team to coordinate various buiding components and resolve the majority of construction issues prior to any physical work on site. The design offices are all linked with the model using Riverbed technology which creates immediate and current access to information. The model is constantly updated for all disciplines and changes are easily implemented. The technology allows for faster and better coordination, access to material take offs and life cycle costing. In the end, this process enables us to deliver projects to our clients in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Four major projects attest to HIP Architects ability to utilize the power of this system. These include the building skin for the new Art Gallery of Alberta, the integrated drawings for the Immigration Hall retrofit, with minimum changes during construction, the rebuilt Capital Theatre project at Fort Edmonton Park and the joint venture design build submission for the Royal Alberta Museum competition. This competition pursuit required the creation of an architectural, structural and mechanical BIM model within six weeks. Previous technologies would not have allowed this to be possible.