- What is BIM?
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.
- Are Revit and BIM the same thing?
Revit is a software app (from the same stable as AutoCAD) used to generate Building Information Modelling, or BIM for short. BIM is a super-efficient way to plan, design, build and manage projects, and you can read more about it here.
- Why should I use Revit models? There nothing wrong with CAD!
By using models that are accurate to 100th of a millimetre, we know everything is going fit. We can then pull 2D drawings out of a 3D Revit model for use on site, just like CAD but more accurate.
- Why would I have BIM Coordination on my project?
A well-coordinated BIM project using all stakeholders (contractors included) will save a considerable amount of time, money and materials. Clash co-ordination meetings allow the BIM managers and coordinators to iron out all of the problems before construction commences.
- Who needs to be involved in the BIM process?
Ideally the whole project team – architect, engineers, consultants and all trade contractors. It’s also a good idea to keep the owner and other stakeholders aware of all developments and updates.
- What type of trade drawings do you produce?
Everything from for construction, shop drawings, SLDs/schematic diagrams and revision changes to as builts and asset management models.
- How do I mark up my drawings for as builts?
We’ve put together this cheat sheet for you to follow. It’s primarily for electrical customers but many of the tips are relevant for hydraulic and mechanical contractors too.
- I need new printouts of my drawings. Can you do that?
We sure can. We’ve got a massive plan printer that prints up to A0 size. It scans, too, if you’ve only got a paper copy.
- What software does Drawable use?
We create two-dimensional drawings using AutoCAD, which is the industry standard, and also Visio, while for 3D and beyond we use Revit.
- Can you convert files?
We can convert most PDFs and JPEGs to AutoCAD files (DWGs), but it depends on a lot of variables. Best to get in touch and check with us.
- I don’t have AutoCAD software. How can I look at my files?
It’s free to download DWG TrueView to view AutoCAD files, so you can check them before sending us your job.
- The files I’ve got are too big to email. How should I send them to you?
- What info do you need from me to quote a Revit job?
The Revit Spec Sheet we’ve developed should cover all bases – including the BIM Execution Plan (BXP) plus trade, structural and architectural models. But if you’re unsure about anything, just give us a call.
- How can my crew work off a 3D model on site?
Revit models can be printed just like two-dimensional drawings, so your tradies can still read from and mark up old-school paper. If you want to view the actual 3D model just download this free software, Navisworks Freedom.
- I’m confused about LOD…
- What 3D Laser Scanner do you have and how far will it scan?
We own a FARO S70 Scanner that will scan up to 70 metres with a +/- accuracy of 1mm. Its resolution is up to 165 megapixel and maximum measurement speed is up to 976,000 laser points per second with a 300 vertical / 360 horizontal.
- What would I need a 3D Laser Scanner for?
3D laser scanners digitally capture the shape of physical objects and real-world spaces – such as construction sites or fit-outs. In our work, laser scans allow for verification of the Revit models against the installation.
Drawable’s expertise has been invaluable for the BIM coordination of the Sydney Opera House Function Centre upgrade. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.
Patterson Building Group
We call the Drawable team ‘the Postmen’ … they always deliver!
project manager (property)
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Dave and his team provide excellent service, a high level of accuracy and fast turnaround times. I would highly recommend him for any AutoCAD or Revit services, from assisting with design to as built documentation.
Love the fantastic service that I have been given from all the team for many years. Never fail to deliver and consistently support us with a great product. Always happy to recommend Drawable!
senior facilities consultant
Australis Facilities Management
We utilise Drawable for all our drafting and engineering needs, Dave and the crew work seamlessly with our Design and Project Managers. Great service.
Somerville Electric have been using Drawable’s services for over 8 years and we have been astonished at their level of professionalism. We are very pleased with the quality and collaboration on all projects along with the timely responses.
Stowe CBD has found Drawable most reliable and mistake-free with all our CAD. Not only is their pricing very competitive but we have found their work to have a very quick turnaround, which helps the supply of documentation to our clients.
Sydney CBD manager
I have been using Drawable for shop drawings, revisions and as builts for eight years both in my current role and with my previous employer, ADCO Constructions, and they consistently provide great service. Their work is accurate and they always meet our tight schedules. A joy to work with.
I’ve been using these guys for years. No matter how bad my mark ups are they always turn around a professional job in a short period of time. I would recommend this team to anyone.
Drawable has provided our business with as built drawings for numerous projects over the past 9 years. We’ve always had great results, even when the info we send is not as detailed as needed. Dave and his team just know their stuff.
Fast Track Communications
Great experience from Dave and the team at Drawable. Highly recommend their services for any contractor needing AutoCAD and Revit drafting solutions.
Very responsive and the quality and project delivery was second to none.
Excellent team and quality drafting. From the smallest of changes to a complete Revit design, these guys are the best in the business.
We’ve been working with Dave and the team for the past 12 months – they’ve been extremely professional and a pleasure to deal with. Drawable always have a quick turnaround on all drawings. I will be using them in the future and would highly recommend them to others in the industry.
We utilise the services of Drawable for our as built drawings. We always get a professional and reliable service, good communication and great staff to work with!
4 Fold Building Services
We’ve been working with Dave and the team at Drawable for over 12 months and cannot recommend them highly enough. BIM and 3D modelling has been great with Cameron. Always turning drawings and models around early or on time.
Our company has been using Drawable for quite some time and we have always been pleased with the efficiency and the quality of the work they produce. We would highly recommend using Drawable.
I have had the pleasure of working with Dave and his team for around nine years now and nothing is too hard for these guys. My requests can be anything from an adjustment to an existing drawing to complete new drawings and the work is always produced as asked.
Dave’s deep and detailed knowledge of the industry makes working with Drawable a breeze. His consistency and reliability is second to none.