ATP Architects and Engineers (ATP) uses Building Information Modeling (BIM) to support its architectural and engineering services and deliver value to its customers. The firm has adopted Autodesk® Revit® software for its architectural, structural, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) design and is one of the first firms in Central Europe to implement a fully integrated, multidiscipline BIM workflow.
With this award, Autodesk recognizes ATP for the use of BIM to help:
ATP Architects and Engineers is one of Europe’s largest integrated design companies. Founded in 1951 as a traditional architectural office, ATP is now an interdisciplinary firm that offers integrated architectural and engineering services. The company has over 420 employees at its offices in Innsbruck, Vienna, Munich, Frankfurt, Budapest, Zagreb, and Zurich.
ATP employs a BIM process and an integrated interdisciplinary design environment for improved accuracy, increased efficiency, and more coordinated projects. The firm uses Autodesk BIM solutions throughout the design process, from conceptual design through to documentation and project delivery.
ATP typically utilizes the following products for its BIM workflow:
ATP’s most recent BIM project is the design of a new 32,000-square-meter shopping mall in the Siska district of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Slated for opening in the fall of 2012, the mall will contain space for approximately 90 stores, as well as extensive balcony areas for restaurants, and open spaces throughout the mall. The facility also includes public space at the major entrances, integrating the facility with the Siska’s neighborhoods and residents, as well as its transportation networks.
ATP was awarded the project based on a design competition that demonstrated the firm’s expertise in using BIM for integrated, sustainable building design. ATP designed the Siska mall to very ambitious energy standards and it is planned that the building will be subject to BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM®) certification—an environmental assessment method and rating system that is widely used in Europe and countries around the world.
ATP’s architects, structural engineers, and MEP engineers all relied on integrated model-based workflows for their design efforts. The design team developed the project using an intelligent model-based design process with the Revit platform products—enhancing cross-discipline collaboration and helping the team avoid design conflicts. As a result, the project design and documentation was better coordinated and more accurate. In addition, although this was one of the firm’s first large BIM projects and therefore included additional training time, the project delivery was more efficient when compared to ATP’s traditional workflows.
ATP’s reliance on an integrated Revit-based design model also optimized project and change management. Any design change made by any member of the design team was automatically reflected in all views of the project and all project documentation, improving quality as well as helping ATP accommodate and control change throughout the design process. For example, the use of a multi-discipline, 3D design model helped the architects, structural engineers, and MEP engineers coordinate the geometry, structure, and building systems for the facility’s complex, curvilinear roof.
Model-based design also helped ATP’s client become more engaged in the early design of the mall, helping to both accelerate project decision-making and increase customer satisfaction. ATP produced project visualizations from the Revit model that helped its client better understand and evaluate proposed design options. In addition, the information-rich Revit models help ATP develop and explore what-if design options to accommodate the client’s space utilization requirements and feedback, gaining early client consensus on strategic design directions.
The close collaboration of ATP’s interdisciplinary design teams and their common modeling environment supported development of innovative sustainable design strategies. For instance, BIM helped ATP orient and analyze the building to promote daylighting and other passive design approaches. In addition, the intelligent design model was instrumental for optimizing the use of renewable materials on the project.
ATP uses Hafner’s Büro, in Stuttgart, Germany, as its reseller.
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