The design phase of any construction project comprises of 4 stages; Programming, Schematic Design, Design Development and Contract Documents. Any designer would concede that managing the creative process throughout all 4 phases can be a difficult responsibility, even moreso for those designers who also administrate the creative process through closeout. Depending on the contract, architects and engineers can be committed to projects for many years before their scope is effectively complete.
Because of the demands placed on architects and engineers, especially those who juggle more than one project at a time, it has become increasingly important for them to adopt technology solutions that can help them better manage their work.
In the Design Creation category of Design Tools, Blue Collar Labs explores the technology products that are helping construction companies (and their designers) build project models, create drawings, and manage design documents efficiently and effectively throughout the project’s lifecycle.
The 3 sub-categories of Design Creation include:
Building Information Modeling (BIM): Design software used for creating intelligent 3D models, and subsequent construction drawings;
Computer-Aided Drawing (CAD): Design software used for creating 3D models and 2D designs, and subsequent construction drawings;
Specification Builder: Software used for creating project-specific design specifications