Our approach and experience
Creating buildings that meet the needs of society today and in the future is not an easy task. Ramboll has led the way in the use of a range of advanced computer aided design techniques that can help produce these buildings. We have a unique approach to using Building information modelling (BIM) and CAD, and combining these with analysis techniques – we call this Virtual Design and Construction (VDC). This approach has benefits for the entire building project team, future users and society as a whole:
- 3D modelling and visualisations allow clients, designers and all stakeholders to experience the building early in the design process.
- Clash detection resolves design issues before the building is constructed – minimising the risk of costly design revisions during the actual construction phase.
- Building configurations and characteristics can be assessed, iterated and optimised before construction – resulting in improved sustainability and economy of the solutions.
- Information is managed and shared efficiently between the project design team, contractors and future users –reducing time, cost and risk at all stages of the building's life.
- Parametric design can rationalise complex geometries and relationships – realising architectural aspirations that would not otherwise be possible.
- Efficient and elegant structural forms are created by combining advanced engineering analysis tools with 3D CAD and parametric design methods. This strong combination leads to inspiring buildings with minimised material and energy consumption.
We successfully utilise our Virtual Design and Construction techniques every day. We see these as a design toolbox. The key is using the most appropriate tool in the most efficient way – ensuring that the right information gets to the right people at the right time.
Combining computer software and project organisation procedures to realise the benefits of Building Information Modelling can be challenging. We have developed a methodology to overcome the various barriers. Using this methodology we can assist any of our partners to successfully adopt BIM on a project.
Research and development
Advances in computer aided design occur all the time. We are actively researching and working in collaboration with a number of partners to develop a variety of new design tools and processes:
- 4D (time and logistics) modelling
- Linking virtual models with real buildings
- Parametric design
- Interoperation of 3D and parametric models with other disciplines (including cost management, buildings physics and infrastructure)
We welcome suggestions for other collaborations.