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The five design inefficiency traps derailing your success

Trap 1. A two-dimensional view
Why it hurts: Testing new design options takes forever
Solution: Explore different routes early on with intelligent 3D modeling

While 2D CAD has its place, you cannot fully rely on it for concept design or rapid prototyping. It makes exploring the full range of design options tricky, which can leave your projects feeling rather flat. With intelligent 3D modeling, you can quickly test the viability of different approaches early in the design phase, resulting in a faster, more efficient workflow and designs that truly pop.

Trap 2: Design in isolation
Why it hurts: Poorly coordinated drawings waste time and money
Solution: Collaborative design improves workflow and quality

Building or infrastructure projects only make sense when they come together, so why design them in isolation? With cloud-based 3D modeling, all project team members work on the same design in real time, so you can spot any square pegs destined for circular holes early on and correct errors that may cost you greatly further down the line. Anywhere, anytime access lets you partner with global specialists and experiment with more collaborative delivery models.

Trap 3: Design divorced from reality
Why it hurts: Lack of environmental data reduces quality
Solution: Use as-built information to design in context

Conventional topographic surveys take time, and inputting this data in design programs takes even longer. As a designer, this means you sometimes start your designs with a blank page even though there’s an existing canvas to fit into – leading to costly rework if you’ve failed to capture the existing structures correctly. You can avoid this by accurately capturing the existing terrain and structures upfront, and feeding this seamlessly into a model that reflects every dimension. Now you can design in a real-world context, so projects sit perfectly within their environment. Having a more realistic understanding of your project from the start saves time and money and delivers better quality buildings and infrastructure.

Trap 4: Uninspiring presentations
Why it hurts: Clients can’t visualize your design intent in 2D
Solution: Create stunning visualizations with detailed 3D renderings

In a world where 3D gaming and CGI movies are commonplace, 2D drawings can appear lackluster and, for those outside the industry, downright confusing. With 3D renderings and interactive experiences, you can better show clients and the public what your final designs will look like, allowing them to better engage with your vision. If someone provides a suggestion in a meeting, you can analyze revised models in real time to accelerate consensus and speed up the planning process.

Trap 5: Communication gap with construction
Why it hurts: Greater risk of overruns, poor quality, and reputation damage
Solution: Communicate designs from every angle, solving problems early on

Project delivery is no longer about engaging with the contractor at the end of the design phase. More collaborative delivery models propose all stakeholders be involved from the outset. With data-rich 3D models, you can invite contractors to review your initial designs from a constructability perspective, ensuring they are viable from the earliest stages. You and your clients will benefit from higher quality designs and fewer project overruns from rework, and your reputation will remain impeccable.

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