For architects, engineers, urban planners and those who are focused on the definition, design and development of the owner’s vision into a realizable project, there are two objectives that are paramount.
Firstly, it is important that the creative process be liberated—not from the unbuildable—but from the unquantifiable. With the application of Building Information Modelling technology and constraint-based, parametric modelling engines, an entire class of building forms and shapes that were once considered unbuildable have now been proven anything but. A generation of designers have been able to extend the product of their imagination from mere representation to physical realisation. What was once conceivable but unbuildable became, through the application of computer technology, forms that could be quantified, fabricated and erected.
However, this technological movement in design continues to redefine our creative boundaries; today, designers are not only realizing their complex constructions but realizing them with greater efficiency. Designs are not only complex but optimised for aesthetic qualities, performance objectives, material properties, ecological concerns, fabrication limitations, waste reduction, handling and installation procedures and maintenance strategies. This translates into construction that exhibits greater complexity without the complication—or cost. Syntegrate combines the use of a variety of Building Information Modelling tools with the development of customised software and a set of best practices drawn from years of experience on complex projects to empower the designer to rigorously develop his or her designs and to optimise them against a variety of constraints and costs.
Secondly, the solution that is arrived at so painstakingly, must survive the vicissitudes of the construction process intact. It is not unusual for a building to be composed of anywhere from a dozen to more than twenty different building trades; therefore, a lack of coordination in any one trade or sub-system at a particular location could lead to a design issue that has significant consequences in the coordination of the other building trades in the vicinity of the problem. Left unnoticed, the result will be a highly compromised construction at the detriment of the design intent. Syntegrate is experienced in assisting the designer to produce a highly coordinated set of design documentation where existing design issues are identified and their resolution facilitated through the use of Building Information Modelling technology in order to protect the integrity of the design.