See how Autodesk customers are using Autodesk® Revit® building information modeling (BIM) software for architectural design.
University of Southern California
AECOM: Roseisle Distillery
RLF: Irwin Army Community Hospital
The Beck Group: Builds Church 120 Feet Underground
Robins & Morton: Carolinas Medical Center
Haynes Whaley Associates: Structural Engineers
Athié | Wohnrath: Dow Chemical Building (Brazil)
Robins & Morton: Auburn University Basketball Arena
Hunt/Moss: Florida Marlins Stadium
Stephenson&Turner: New Zealand Government Building
Western Michigan University: Modeling the Campus
New Complex at USC School of Cinematic Arts
NASA Sustainability Base
UC Davis: Maurice J. Gallagher Hall
Merrick & Company: Lackland Air Force Base
NOAA Research Facility
China Construction Design International (CCDI)
SHP Leading Design
Pella Corporation / Z+ Architects
Sundt Construction: Water Reclamation
PBS&J / TLC Engineering for Architecture
KlingStubbins & Tocci Building Companies
HNTB/Turner Universal: Human Resources Center
Stevens & Wilkinson/Beck Group: Courthouse Annex
Sacramento Central Plant
Grange Insurance Audubon Center
SENER Engineering Group
Good Samaritan Hospital Expansion
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
McCownGordon Construction LLC
The Haskell Company
Carr Design Group Pty Ltd
Preble High School
University of Minnesota
Brunet Saunier Architecture
Independence Energy Homes
Penn State University: BIM Curriculum
Reno C. Negrin Architects
Lott + Barber Architects
Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo
Brigham Young University: BIM Curriculum
Savannah College of Art and Design
RTKL Associates Inc.
Donald Powers Architects
NCG Architects Inc.
Huntsman Architectural Group
Johnson Bailey Henderson McNee (JBHM)
Studio Kremer Architects
VIA Suzuki Architecture
“Using traditional CAD software, it takes us more than three weeks to identify each hospital room with its own unique label. But with Revit Architecture, that same task takes less than a week.”
—Jacques Lévy-Bencheton, Architect and Computer Manager, Brunet Saunier Architecture
Using Revit® Architecture software, Brunet Saunier Architecture completes projects more easily, improves accuracy, and spends more time doing what really matters—designing masterful, award-winning buildings.
Founded in 1981, Brunet Saunier Architecture is one of France’s leading architectural firms. In particular, the firm is known for its simple, almost minimalist, style and the incorporation of transparent building materials, such as glass beams, into its designs. Some of the firm’s betterknown creations include the research laboratories of Renault’s Techno Center, the National School of Music, Dance, and Dramatic Art of Chalonsur- Saône, the Administrative Center of Saint- Germain-en-Laye, and the Laboratories of the French Museum at the Louvre in Paris. And although Brunet Saunier entered the computer age relatively late with its adoption of CAD software in 1992, it is now one of the first architectural firms in France to begin using Revit Architecture software. Purpose-built for building information modeling (BIM), Revit Architecture enables architects to easily create a single digital model that contains all project information—sections, elevations, floor plans, 3D models, schedules, and more. Brunet first made the transition to the new software— and to a new approach to building design and documentation—on a major hospital project.
Many of the contracts currently managed by Brunet Saunier and its 45 architects are in health care. In fact, the firm has recently been selected for the restructuring or construction of more than 10 major French hospitals, including two 70,000- square-meter projects, one in Toulon and one in Lagny.
Over the years, the firm has also conducted many in-depth studies in this field. These studies led the firm to develop a unique design concept known as “Monospace.” Based on maximizing design flexibility from initial bidding through project construction, this approach enables the architects to quickly and easily change the location of entire hospital wards—even at the last minute. However, it also places significant demands on the firm’s design software.
Fortunately, Revit Architecture and its single, integrated database was built to handle this kind of challenge with ease. “When a ward is reassigned, you can see the effects of the change immediately,” says Jacques Lévy-Bencheton, architect and computer manager at Brunet Saunier. “For example, you see how modifying the circulation of the fluid networks or the smoke extraction ducts affects the floor slabs and the walls. As a result, you can avoid many of the collisions usually observed at a later stage. In addition, after the slightest modification, the areas are recalculated in real time.”
And because all of this data is found in one integrated model, the architects can easily use the updated information to create the materials— such as initial bill of quantities and material takeoffs—necessary to validate a project’s financial feasibility. As a result, Brunet Saunier can now better plan, and stay within, an accurate budget from the initial bid to project completion.
And once work has begun, Revit Architecture makes it happen faster. Recently, Jacques Lévy-Bencheton compared a traditional CADbased workflow and a Revit Architecture workflow on two similar projects. “We found that there was virtually no difference between the end results—the quality was as good as usual,” says Jacques Lévy-Bencheton. “But fewer designers for the Revit project were needed than in our previous CAD-based processes.”
As the project proceeded, the architects discovered other advantages. For example, using Revit Architecture and its single, integrated database, Brunet Saunier was able to quickly print 250 documents from a detailed preliminary project plus an additional 500 contractor consultation files. “If the files had not been linked, we would have had to open them one after the other to start each printout,” says Jacques Lévy-Bencheton. “With Revit Architecture, we simply select the sheets and print everything with just a click.”
Architects appreciate that speed when changing parametric components within the model or proposing different types of façades covered with curtain walls, for example. “You can modify the drawing of the façade directly from a panel contained in the item library,” says Jacques Lévy-Bencheton. “All drawings and cross sections are then updated automatically.” This approach virtually eliminates coordination mistakes, rework, causes of wasted effort and materials, and other sources of human error.
“Problems hidden during the design phase often arise on work sites,” says Jacques Lévy-Bencheton. “These errors and omissions generate work, and therefore extra costs, at the worst possible time during the project. With Revit Architecture, projects can be studied more seriously and more exhaustively. It makes the work more comfortable and, consequently, we have more time to dedicate to the architecture.”
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