Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced that Amana Contracting & Steel Buildings (Amana) has fully implemented building information modeling (BIM) into its engineering practice. Amana is a leader in designing, constructing and commissioning commercial and industrial buildings in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia. By adopting Autodesk BIM technology, Amana has accelerated its drawing production time by over a month.
Autodesk Building Design Suite 2013 (Photo: Business Wire)The company had been using AutoCAD software successfully for many years, but needed to speed up design while maintaining the accuracy, productivity and quality of final documentation. Working closely with Autodesk partner Omnix International, Amana has adopted Autodesk BIM software products, including Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Revit MEP and Autodesk Revit Structure. This BIM technology helps create essential project information, accurate floor plans, elevations, sections, quantity takeoffs, area calculations and schedules – and much of the work is automated. The software allows architects, structural engineers and builders to work from a single integrated digital model that contains all information essential to the project. “Amana's decision to shift from AutoCAD to Autodesk BIM has already produced positive results for us,” said William Bsaibes, Green Initiative Manager - LEED AP BD+C, Amana Contracting & Steel Buildings. “To date, we have seen an improvement in our productivity as we have saved four to six weeks from our drawing production. The new solution has also allowed our Quantity Surveying department to finalize quantities faster and with more accuracy. The use of BIM technology gives us a competitive edge by producing high-quality documentation, shorter production cycles and an improved approach to servicing our clients.” Autodesk BIM software has allowed Amana’s architects to link a project's structural model into the architectural model, thus directly seeing the structural components on the drawings - resulting in a tighter integration between structure and architecture departments. The use of BIM technology has allowed Amana to make better-informed decisions and also create stronger ties with its clients.