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Cost effective software for architectural designs unveiled

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bimA newly designed software by Autodesk Company is expected to reduce construction design costs by up to 40 per cent. The software helps in creating and using a data-rich 3-D model for planning, designing, building and managing infrastructure and buildings.

Known as Building Information Modeling (BIM) — an integrated process of generating and maintaining an intelligent model — it acts as a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a real world facility. The software provides real time information to architectural and construction designers in all stages of building developments by providing an interactive platform for all experts involved.

The software relies on information-rich models to help owners and service providers to plan, design, construct, and manage building and infrastructure projects efficiently. Speaking ahead of the annual construction convention in August, Architectural Association of Kenya chair Waweru Gathecha said that the software will help constructors plan appropriately and avoid unnecessary costs incurred during design and construction process.

“BIM will surely help us cut construction costs by a bigger margin and am urging architectural designers and property developers to take advantage of this new software for proper planning and wise savings,” he said. BIM will essentially also help achieve efficiently the collaboration required for Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), an innovative way to reduce construction management waste, cut costs and to also improve productivity.

IPD creates a team effort able to provide a bonding effort from day one of the planning stages, binding all key players for the project development and is able to integrate owner, architects, engineers, managers and subcontractors. The firm’s decision to use BIM is part of a much larger trend within the government and private real estate sector in embracing green buildings and construction models.

bim2Richard Smedley-Williams, Autodesk’s sales director for sub-Saharan Africa said that the company will seek the indulgence of the Kenyan Government in an effort to come up with energy saving buildings — otherwise called green buildings — built with glass and fitted with mechanical ventilation systems, solar water heaters, heat pumps, air conditioners.

“Most countries in the world are going green, and similar efforts are being tried in some African countries, and with that in mind we will be seeking Kenya’s government participation on the same,” he said. The move follows a similar successful attempt in South Africa in which SA’s Government passed Building Regulations and Building Standards which directed that all construction and building constructors to have new buildings in that nation to have green construction models.

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