At this stage, we utilize our considerable expertise in interior and exterior light gauge steel framing design to assist you with design concepts for your projects. Because we've seen many different framing scenarios and understand those that translate well to the jobsite, we assist you in devising details and solutions that work. This step actually begins the process of transformation from "concept" to "built." Simply put, Radius Track’s BIM Design and 3D Modeling service is a great way to simplify your design concepts and avoid costly rework on the jobsite.
Radius Track BIM Design and 3D Modeling will also reduce the need for general contractors and subcontractors to build substantial contingencies into their bids to accommodate costly clarifications (RFI's) and change orders. The limitations of 2D documents often result in uncertainty during the bidding process – leading to higher project bids. Reducing or eliminating these costly contingencies keeps owners and architects from altering and potentially eliminating all but the most essential elements. This paring down often leads to a loss of the original intent of the design and a dilution of the overall project vision. By using our BIM Design and 3D Modeling you can eliminate any uncertainty issues which helps maintain your project’s design intent and leads to increased value for today’s closely monitored construction budgets.
Value Analysis of Framing Systems
Our years of experience help us condense this process and get you the answers you need quickly. As part of this analysis, we look at the resulting framing and can immediately determine if the framing layout and direction optimizes the material. This analysis goes beyond just framing direction and layout. We also look at the overall framing concept searching for ways to streamline and optimize. Ultimately the goal of BIM is to construct the project in a 3D model form while resolving clashes or conflicts. This enables the contractor to simply assemble the pieces that are already fabricated to fit, with most—if not all—the conflicts already resolved. In addition, our BIM Design and 3D Modeling service provides contractors exact material estimates so they only need to order what is needed for the job—not more, not less.
Create Tracks and Studs
Think of the track as a picture frame—tracks are created by locating the perimeter of each surface then positioning track around that perimeter to receive the structural stud framing. The next step is to take the surfaces and create lines called "isoparms". The isoparms are positioned to align with the structural requirements for framing spacing. This is how the studs are located and created. So the process, when boiled down, is simply a further definition and refinement of the curved surfaces and the framing pieces necessary for their construction.
Name Members / Panels
Next, we name each unique piece. This may sound like a time consuming process – it isn’t. Our use of specific software solutions streamlines this into a step that takes just a few minutes. The same holds true with panel names. When working with curved surfaces this type of piece uniqueness is critically important and later will feed directly into the process of forming the unique shapes you need.