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Yes, but the level of detail determines how models should be used in the field. For example, to fabricate based from a BIM model, you'll want the LOD to be 400 or above. All the different levels of development (LOD) are defined below, highlighting their potential uses. Understanding what the different levels of development will help you complete RFPs for your projects.

LOD 100 - Concept Design

The building 3D model is developed to represent the information on basic level. Thereby, only conceptual model creation is possible in this stage. Parameters like area, height, volume, location and orientation are defined.

LOD 200 - Schematic Design

General model, where elements are modeled with approximate quantities, size, shape, location and orientation. We can also attach non-geometric information to the model elements

LOD 300 - Detailed Design

Accurate modeling and shop drawings where elements are defined with specific assemblies, precise quantity, size, shape, location and orientation. Here, too, we can attach non-geometric information to the model elements

LOD 350 - Construction Documentation

It includes model details and elements that represent how building elements interface with various systems and other building elements with graphics and written definitions

LOD 400 - Fabrication & Assembly

Model elements are modeled as specific assemblies, with complete fabrication, assembly, and detailing information in addition to precise quantity, size, shape, location and orientation. Non-geometric information to the model elements can also be attached

LOD 500 - As-Built

Elements are modeled as constructed assemblies for Maintenance and operations. In addition to actual and accurate in size, shape, location, quantity, and orientation, non-geometric information is attached to modeled elements

We are more efficient during the clash detection process. We can take, on average of 6,500 clashes, group them down and assign them to individual MEP trades in a matter of hours. Clashes are assigned to responsible trades prior to coordination meetings. During coordination, the design team only review clashes that have not been cleared.

We price projects two ways, all in a proposal format: Lump sum Contract documents are provided and a single price is given for a list of deliverables. Cost Plus BIM Designs partners with the contractor to handle detailing and/or engineering on a per-project basis at our cost plus 30%.

On average it takes 72 hours. We do try to get estimates out within a 24 hour period.

15-20% of man hours for a project. A detailer supports 10-12 field personnel. Supplying them everything they need from cut lengths of pipe, POC depths to Point Layout, hanger elevations, rod lengths and explanation of drawings.

Our Lead detailers will communicate directly with General Foreman to go over any questions during the installation process.

We use 3D scanning technology to produce a BIM models used during coordination. We will then populate the model per the contract documents provided or created from our engineering team. The final product will be ready for fabrication or installation. A clash free model coordinated around other existing trades and structure is also produced.

BIM will come out to any project site to measure, verify and review field conditions. Added costs apply.

AutoCAD Fabrication MEP, Navisworks, Revit, C4R Revit Collaboration, ProCore, BlueBeam, SharePoint.