3D Modeling & Best Practices

BIM Engineering

No matter what 3D design software is used, the processes around producing efficient models are pretty much the same. Darbury has many years experience on how to set up a modeling project using remote, satellite or in-house resources from file naming to working collaboratively & efficiently to produce a useable 3D model with multiple disciplines. Please click the link to see more information

When working on a project using a 3D model or by using a data-centric approach, it is imperative that the basics are carried out. Producing a multi-discipline, multi-company & multi-location 3D model is like building a house, the foundation has to be stable to withstand the entire project’s worth of data. Even a small 3D model within a single company has to follow the same principles.

With the experience that Darbury brings following decades of modeling, a client can benefit at all stages throughout the project. Contact info@darury.com for more details or a quote on specific project needs.

Initial Set-up Stage

  1. Understanding the project scope, potential complexity, number of disciplines & how many Engineering Contractors are involved
  2. Defining the model envelopes, accountabilities & where the model data is to be stored; i.e. central location or satellite offices
  3. Defining the modeling system to use, installing & licenses
  4. Defining the 3D model areas, file naming convention, maximum file size & general attributes around model creation
  5. Understand the minimum modeling necessary to produce all the client required deliverables
  6. Producing training materials & create the processes to control the modeling functions
  7. Establishing the backup & restore processes, including testing the functions
  8. Setting up the piping line classes to use, any 3D equipment templates & the instrumentation components
  9. Creating the isometric, borders & orthographic drawing requirements
  10. Establishing the database requirements, connection & passwords

Mid-Project Stage

  1. Performing audits on the discipline modeling to ensure client standards compliance
  2. General updates of line classes for new components (missing reducers or tees)
  3. Reviewing Interface Management between models
  4. Performing pre-IFC isometric extractions to validate the piping design
  5. Creating the orthographic extractions
  6. Validating the database extraction of components using SQL queries
  7. Running virtual fly-throughs of the models
  8. Assisting with the 30%, 60% & 90% model reviews with the client
  9. Provide mid-project BOM extraction to Supply Chain

End-Project Stage

  1. Validate the model completion per discipline
  2. Running the isometric extractions at IFC then locking the lines for change management
  3. Produce the orthographic drawings
  4. Extract the final BOM
  5. Perform the Lessons Learned to capture any issues & solutions from the project
  6. Perform 3D model system close-outs by archiving the 3D models

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