Interstates has committed to leverage 3D technology for electric room design when it will clearly add value to a project. This commitment stands even when the owner does not request that we use the technology because we believe that 3D allows for improved planning and increases owner engagement in the design and construction process.
Interstates is assisting Ag Processing, Inc. (AGP) with construction of a separate electrical room to house electrical equipment for AGP’s existing boiler house and dryer at their Sergeant Bluff, IA location. Our team is using computerized image scanning and 3D technology to design, plan, and prefabricate the project.
This project could be completed without scanning and 3D. Team members could visit the site to gather measurements; but this would take more time and ultimately there would be less information to work with. As each scan is taken, information is captured as a ‘point cloud’. Point clouds are later converted into objects to be used within drafting software.
The more Interstates uses 3D technology, the more we learn about what is truly needed for conversion. It’s easy to just convert everything from the point clouds ‘because you can’. To add the most value, teams must be deliberate in determining what will or will not be converted.
Benefits of scanning and 3D modeling produce a cumulative effect. Completing a scan of a facility allows for conversion to 3D imaging. 3D imaging allows visualization and more effective use of prefabrication. Visualization leads to owner acceptance. Prefabrication keeps onsite crews smaller, is less costly, and requires less installation time onsite. Finally, once you have the scan and the initial 3D design, it is available for subsequent projects.
AGP representatives can visualize exactly what the fi nished project will look like and can review and comment before the work is installed. With ability to do a virtual walk-through of a facility, people can visualize exactly where they will be working without actually visiting the site. We find that our team members are more familiar with a site upon arrival because they have virtually walked the model. It’s a little like looking at an employee photo directory before meeting someone in person. Once you see them, you recognize them immediately.
While some companies are slower to adopt 3D technology, Interstates realizes the value in applying it where it makes sense.
"I am certain that soon all clients will be asking for 3D,” says Jake TenHaken, Director of Integrated Services, Interstates Companies. “When they ask, Interstates will be ready."