Why BIM is becoming important for Retail Design?

Across global the retail markets are facing unprecedented challenges from within their sector and also from new e-commerce sectors. Retailers that are successful are aware that this success can be short lived and therefore expansion and roll out of their outlets can sometimes become a limitation for success are aware that Assuming that the challenge is indeed speed to market, for retailers, it is paramount to adopt a design planning process which can help them develop retail ideas that are versatile, clash-free and efficient to build/install within a planned budget. This is where BIM can start to provide significant benefits due to the ease of operation, use of a database of library items and the benefit of repeatability of the design concept.

BIM can be beneficial for the entire retail property development chain from design consultants and architects, to MEP installers and facility managers. If it is used effectively it can lead to faster scale up, design accuracy, higher design flexibility and cost efficiency. Whilst it does take some take and effort to convert conventional CAD drafting processes, blocks and templates to parametric BIM retail design techniques, once done BIM can help retailers to design faster and more accurately. A few of the key benefits of retail design with BIM are discussed in more detail below.

Rapid Development of Design and Construction Documents
Conventional CAD drafting techniques for building design require different trades to create separate drawings, which sometimes stack up too many inconsistent documents as they are incomplete, usually without a lot of information that may be created by other skilled parties, such as quantity surveyors. This information is usually mandatory for building construction and includes specifications, bill of materials, cost modelling and schedule data. Not only does a BIM model provide this data, freeing up QS (quantity surveyor) resource, it also provides information from the 3d model that contains intelligent data related to design intent and construction and facilities management information. The major stakeholders will typically receive the data that is combined within a master BIM model to then extract further use and benefit from the design model.

Although the success of retail BIM projects depends on the acceptance levels of all the project participants to perceive BIM as a future-ready tool, the actual benefit of BIM lies in its ability to assist in extraction of various documents, data and views including plans, sections, elevations, renderings, bill of quantities (BOQ), material costs and time schedule, all within record time. All this results in quicker, on-demand data extraction and generation from BIM models for any construction-related designs or drawings.

Development of Standardized Re-usable BIM Families
To maintain consistency, a retailer may use typical fixtures and fittings across their retail network as retail industry primarily focuses on brand image and brand appearance. Retail design teams, with the help of BIM teams, are able to create standardized libraries of BIM for fixtures and fittings which, with further modifications can be used when designing and planning new outlets, thus enabling retail owners to maintain exclusivity with regards to visual elements, consumer experiences and shoplifting layouts. The design team, keeps BIM libraries updated for various unique outlet chains which help in saving time during conceptual and detail design stages whilst boosting efficiency ratios.

For example, consistency within all the outlets can be maintained by keeping the key retail architectural elements uniform with the help of BIM families which leaves scope for tweaking other architectural details and regional elements.

Creating Store Prototype Models that Can Be Localized
When developing new prototype store designs, BIM proves to be a valuable asset to retailers BIM prototypes not only offer 3D visualisation prowess but also provide a quality database which consists of detailed information on crucial aspects such as materials, fixtures, components, cost estimation and quantity take-offs. As compared to traditional CAD drafting methods, intuitive and elaborate prototypes like these, accelerate the roll out of new store designs.

In summary, using design standards, fixtures, fittings and brand guidelines in a BIM environment as opposed to a CAD environment may incur an up-front cost and time contribution, but the benefit for mass roll out using a library of intelligent components will significantly reduce overall design time and also improve accuracy of project drawings and project data – providing greater certainly for construction teams and also costing teams.

Key Traits of an Effective Architectural BIM Support Partnership

In the building design and construction industry, construction documentation forms an important phase between design development and on-site construction administration. In scenarios where architectural practices decide to transition to object-oriented BIM modelling or there is a need to turn around more projects than can be executed by the internal team, firms decide to look for experienced architectural BIM modelling support partners. Whilst such collaboration models provide cost-effective and high-quality access to CAD and BIM expertise, issues can crop up if your support partner does not have appropriate processes and quality standards in place.

As a result, to make the BIM outsourcing engagement work successfully for your architectural practice, there is a need to ensure that the following are in place:

 

A Dedicated Point of Contact

 

A dedicated point of contact in the form of a project manager serves as an integral link between your firm and the outsourcing partner. He/she liaises with the architectural firm’s representative (in most cases the project’s chief architect or the design head) to gather and analyse in detail the project’s requirements, construction specifications, and CAD/BIM standards followed.

 

Well Defined Project Flow

 

After a comprehensive needs analysis by the project manager, a clear process should be in place to break down the client’s 3D architectural modelling and construction documentation requirements into a tangible project scope. The scope then dictates the roles/responsibilities and the turnaround schedules of each of the senior team members, including team leader, senior BIM technicians, senior CAD technicians, BIM coordinators, and draftsmen.

 

Production Planning Roadmap

 

Depending on the resources at hand, the project manager along with team leader should map out a timeline for documentation delivery. Traditional CAD-based processes necessitate clear guidelines pertaining to drawing scales, dimensions, symbols, targets, annotations, and abbreviations. Modern BIM-enabled workflows also require establishment of protocols and standards for master model worksharing, data exchange, library creation, and model coordination.

Multi-Tier Quality Checks

 

Rigorous quality check protocols are an integral part of delivering accurate standards-compliant architectural BIM modelling and construction documentation support to architectural practises. The first tier entails draftsmen involved to cross-review their peer’s work followed by an inspection by the team leader on local models. The final tier of quality check phase requires the project manager to undergo a detailed review of the master model. Once the central master model gets a go-ahead from the project manager, it is used to extract construction documents. Finally, the construction documents are reviewed to check whether they fulfil the construction specifications set by the client.

Ability to Coordinate Online with Clients

 

The success of your outsourcing partnership will also depend on the associate firm’s ability to hold regular update and doubt-solving virtual sessions. Focussed meetings ensure both you as well as those on the outsourcing team are on the same page as far as the project progress is concerned.

To know about how our architectural BIM modelling and proven BIM/CAD outsourcing model, contact us.

 

Architectural 3D Modeling

XS CAD offers comprehensive Architectural 3D Modeling services with the help of innovative, talented modelers coupled with burgeoning technology to facilitate the design, planning and visualization phase of the projects.

We have earned the recognition and trust of our clients for our past work that includes creation of models for entire shopping centers’, airports, hotel complexes, transport infrastructure, residential areas and mixed-use sites. Our wide spectrum of modeling services includes:

3D CAD Building Models

We use the entire family of Autodesk software such as Autodesk Revit and AutoCAD Architecture to create highest-quality building models for architects, consulting engineers, structural engineers, main contractors and sub contractors.  The client’s original drawings including 2D floor plans, layout, details, sections and elevations are redrafted into 3D architectural and structural building models, maintaining the specifications, standard and quality. We ensure to maintain the models from the inception of its project till its installation.

Google Sketchup Models

We specialize in providing the architects, developers and specialist users and numerable other clients with Google Sketchup models for all the stages of a design process. As per the client’s requirements, he can get the simplest model or a minutely detailed one. One of the added advantages of our Google Sketchup Model is that it is compatible with numerous other applications like Revit, AutoCAD and other virtual software.

Revit BIM 3D Models

We create high-quality, intelligent Revit BIM CAD models representing real physical building components with the aid of Revit Architecture from Autodesk. Autodesk Revit enables to get an extra-edge by its provision of parametric modeling utility that results in controlled and more accurate design of the project.

Revit Architecture is data-base driven software that replicates the changes made in any one schedule, plan elevation, section or in the 3D model in the corresponding areas as well. This is referred to as ‘integrated bidirectional associativity’ by Autodesk. This replication ability of Autodesk provides wide range of benefits like material take-off, reduced waste, more flexibility with other Autodesk visualization tools and interference checks.

We have proven our skills in the development of construction drawing sites for renowned homebuilders in US, Australia, Canadadevelopment of models and associated drawings and schedules for multi-use buildings in the UK, US and Australiaincluding high-rise structures and creation of Revit based construction drawing sets for retail design updates.

4D CAD Building Models

We create 3D models and intelligently link it with time or schedule related information for main contractors and project managers. It facilitates the customers to view the progression of a model over a period of time thus enabling a better output with judicious use of resources and budget.

3D CAD Component Modeling & Digital Libraries

Using AutoCAD, we develop 3D model libraries for all the disciplines within construction and engineering, including interior design and external landscaping.

XS CAD thus digitizes your simple drawing, thoughts or concepts into effective designs and 3D models, enhancing its value.

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Retail Drafting and Modeling Support

XS CAD has been the preferred choice of many retailers across the globe for supplying design related documentation, 3D models and computer-generated images with the help of advanced technological tools, including AutoCAD and Revit.

Our CAD Drafting services are catered to a wide spectrum of retail organizations including apparel, banking, fast food, restaurants, telecoms and IT retailers, department stores and a range of other retailers.

By combining the technical skills of our people, our past experiences and an in-depth knowledge of the retail industry with proper understanding of our client’s requirements, we deliver accountable, effective and affordable services.

With the support of our Retail drafting and modeling services, clients can benefit from cost-reduction, faster completion of a project, increased productivity and minimum re-work. Our services to retailers include:-

Production Drawing Sets

Using the latest Autodesk software such as Autodesk Revit and AutoCAD, we create complete construction drawing sets for retailers. Our construction sets contain all key facets of an architectural drawing, including floor plans, internal elevations, external elevations, construction plans, setting out drawings, composite plans, finishing plans, lighting and ceiling plans. Not restricted to this, our drawings also include comprehensive equipment schedules and material and component take-off.

Retail Designs

Through extensive knowledge of retail design services and project management, our qualified and expert interior designers and architects offer design solutions, some of which include creating a layout and designing a concept for varied retail outlets. We design each project with understanding of the local office liaison while ensuring high-standards in each of our designs.

3D/4D Models

We make extensive use of Revit Architecture and Revit MEP tools and technology for our retail work. This technology facilitates us with accurate models, enables creation of 3D models which helps in the extraction of green building data and creation of 4D models which are beneficial during the installation phase.

Equipment libraries

We have a systematic approach of creating and managing libraries as blocks (for AutoCAD) or as families (for Revit) for our clients to simplify the drawing process. Our Revit family models are extremely beneficial. In addition to the flexibility of parametric models, it enables us to feed some additional data which can be extracted later for availing schedule and material take-off information.

Manufacturing/Assembly Drawings

We create manufacturing and assembly drawings for bespoke retail furniture, fixtures and fittings. We adhere to the specifications of materials and designs provided to us while creating a detailed drawing using AutoCAD detailing software.

Floor plans

We provide enticing, accurate and detailed floor plans in various styles and formats that can be effectively used in bid presentations, in brochures and on websites. The various formats in floor plans provided by us include color coded plans or 3D plans with or without furniture and fittings.

Computer Generated Images

We create compelling, life-like images for external and internal perspectives. In the initial stage, we create accurate 3D models and then convert it into photo-realistic images with the help of sophisticated 3D rendering software. Catering to the needs of each individual customer, we even create artistic effect and water color images.  These computer generated images not only facilitate the tender and bid process but also provide a visual understanding of the proposed design and layout of any retail interiors.

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Residential Design & Documentation

We at XS CAD India work with homebuilders across the globe, supplying design related documentation, 3d BIM models and computer generated images that are used for planning, construction and sales purposes.

Working to American AIA, British RIBA, Canadian RAIC and Australian AIA standards we typically provide production drawing services for new home designs and plan updates. Working seamlessly with local project teams allows us to provide documentation that is completed to high standards at lower costs.

We combine the skills of our people; the experience gained from past projects; a detailed understanding of the home building industry; a tried and tested delivery process; and intelligent technology to provide a class leading service. Our systematic approach ensures minimal duplication or rework, allowing projects to be completed faster. As a result our production service is accountable, accurate and cost effective.

By using our services, our customers not only benefit from cost reductions (typically saving over 50% compared to domestic costs) but also improved levels of productivity. Our service levels, experience and fees have directly contributed to the selection of our organisation, ahead of our competitors, by a number of western home builders. As we continue to see year on year growth we are actively seeking to offer our services to new customers.

We offer a range of support services for homebuilders, allowing our customers to focus their costs and resources on their core business.


We provide complete construction drawing sets for residential property, created using the latest software from Autodesk (Revit or AutoCAD) or bespoke software created by our customers.

Our construction drawings incorporate all key drawings including foundations drawings, floor plans, roof plans, structural and roof framing, elevations, sections, interior elevations, options and typical details.

Revit BIM Models
We are early adopters of Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools and we currently use Revit Architecture and Revit MEP to produce detailed 3d BIM models for a number of homebuilders.

As Revit is a construction biased software application, it’s database driven design provides a fundamental breakthrough for construction projects allowing greater control and accuracy when producing 3d models, floorplans, elevations, sections and schedules. As Revit is a 3d tool, we are able to perform interference analysis and resolve clashes before the design documents are issued. Revit also allows for the automated creation and update of schedules, materials and other take-off information.

Plan Updates
We manage libraries of construction drawings and create revised drawings in cases where:
• There are changes in aesthetic design (such as elevation changes).
• There are changes as a result of new options and design updates.
• There are changes to plans to meet local code requirements – per state, county or country

Client Address Specific Drawings
We provide fully customised construction drawings based on the buyers’ selection of design options. All options are added to the base production plans to provide a consolidated drawing set for construction against the chosen design options.

Site / Lot Drawing Analysis
We provide site/lot analysis and reports for some of our customers. By taking the foot print of various home styles and setting them against the various plots we are able to create detailed reports so that homebuilders are aware of the range of houses that will fit within a plot and calculate associated costs, profitability and construction time for the address.

Static and Interactive Floor Plans
We are able to create a range of floor plans for use in brochures and on websites. Our floor plans can be created in a range of formats including colour coded plans, 3d plans with or without furniture and 3d interactive plans showing users different design options for a chosen house type.

Computer Generated Images & 3D Rendering
We create realistic computer generated images for external and internal perspectives. We start by creating accurate 3d models that are then used within sophisticated 3d rendering software to produce photo-realistic images. We are also able to create artistic effect and water colour images to suite the preferred style for each customer.

Retail Design & Documentation

We at XS CAD India work with retailers across the globe, supplying design related documentation, 3d models and computer generated images that are used for planning, construction and project management purposes. We use the latest technology, including Revit, to create and validate our work.

Working to local production standards we currently provide production drawing services for a range of retailing organization including apparel, banking, fast food, restaurants, telecoms and IT retailers, department stores and a range of other retailers. Working seamlessly with local project teams allows us to provide documentation that is completed to high standards at lower costs.

We combine the skills of our people; the experience gained from past projects; a detailed understanding of the retail industry; site based expertise; a tried and tested delivery process; and intelligent technology to provide a class leading service. Our systematic approach ensures minimal duplication or rework, allowing projects to be completed faster. As a result our production service is accountable, accurate and cost effective.

By using our services, our customers not only benefit from cost reductions (typically saving over 50% compared to domestic costs) but also improved levels of productivity. Our service levels, experience and fees have directly contributed to the selection of our organization, ahead of our competitors, by a number of western retailers. As we continue to see year on year growth we are actively seeking to offer our services to further customers.

We offer a range of support services for retailers, allowing our customers to focus their costs and resources on their core business. Our support services cover all stages of the design process and include the services detail on these pages.

Production Drawings Sets

We provide complete construction drawing sets for residential property, created using the latest software from Autodesk (Revit or AutoCAD) or bespoke software created by our customers.

Our construction sets incorporate all key drawings including floor plans, internal elevations, external elevations, construction plans, setting out drawings, composite plans, finishing plans, lighting and ceiling plans. Our drawings also include comprehensive equipment schedules and material and component take-off data.

Retail Design

Our skilled teams of interior designers and architects have experience of retail design and project management. Through local office liaison, an understanding of brand direction and through consultation with design standards our design teams provide an essential design team extension for our customers, taking responsibility for concept design and layout for a range of retail outlets.

3D/4D Models

Most of the work we carry out for the retail is created using Revit Architecture and Revit MEP tools and technology. This allows us to check the accuracy of a model and also to use the 3D model for a range of other purposes such as the extraction of ‘green building’ data and for creating 4D models that are useful for planning the installation stage of the project.

Equipment Libraries

We create and manage libraries as blocks (for AutoCAD) or as families (for Revit) for our customers so that the drawing process can be simplified.

Our Revit family models provide maximum benefit. As well as the flexibility of parametric models, they allow us to add additional data to models that can be extracted at a later point for schedules and material take-off information. Manufacturing/Assembly Drawings

We create manufacturing and assembly drawings for bespoke retail furniture, fixtures and fittings. Our detailed drawings are based on design and material specifications provided to us. We create detailed drawings showing technical and specifications data based on the intended design using AutoCAD detailing software.

Floor Plans

We are able to create a range of floor plans in various styles to use in bid presentations, in brochures and on websites. Our floor plans can be created in a range of formats including colour coded plans or 3d plans with or without furniture and fittings.

 

Computer Generated Images

We create realistic computer generated images for external and internal perspectives. We start by creating accurate 3d models that are then used within sophisticated 3d rendering software to produce photo-realistic images. We are also able to create artistic effect and water colour images to suite the preferred style for each customer.

Computer generated images support the tender and bid process but they are also used by project teams and other stakeholders to gain a visual understanding of the design and layout of retail interiors.