How can Autodesk help architects meet challenges created by an evolving industry?
Over the past year we’ve spoken to an abundance of architecture and design practices about their use of Autodesk software to uncover how the latest in Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology can enhance communication and efficiency within a design team.
This week we spoke to Andrew Victory, the Applications Administrator at RTKL’s London office, to find out why they made the move to use Autodesk software 15 years ago and how it has helped them cope with the rapid changes in the industry over the last few years.
RTKL’s London office has been using the complete Autodesk package for the past 15 years on each project from inception through to construction. ECOTECT, VASARI, REVIT and 3D Studio Max are constant features in the London office and Victory explains that architects in London often call across to the American offices of RTKL for advice on Autodesk CFT Simulation.
When asked why building design has taken longer over the past few years and how BIM can meet this challenge, Victory countered: “In my 15 years in the industry there are two reasons that I’ve become aware of that buildings are taking longer to build. One is the complexity of the building which is definitely increasing compared to what it was 15 years ago unless you work on hospital projects which have always been complicated.
“The other reason is that there are more and more stakeholders involved in the designing and the building of a project so there are a lot more people to have input and to make sure that they’re all getting the best benefit from the models and the designs that we produce.”
We asked Victory to present a current project from RTKL’s London office where Autodesk software had been used successfully and he responded with a complex mixed-use scheme in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This retail, residential and commercial scheme involves two parcels at approximately 66,000 sq m each, both of which had to be smoothly integrated into an active construction site. He explains RTKL’s strategic approach to the project in the following short film.