Brunet Saunier Architecture
Customer Success Story
Using Revit Architecture software, the architects at Brunet Saunier are able to
Easily determine the impact of sunlight in hospital rooms and design accordingly
Produce 3D ambiance perspectives using the direct link to Autodesk® VIZ software
Communicate with customers and the
reprographer using Autodesk® Design Review
Publish designs to the DWF™ file specification
for easy review
The Solution Fortunately, Revit Architecture and its single, integrated database was built to handle this kind of challenge with ease. “When a ward is reassigned, you can see the effects of the change immediately,” says Jacques Lévy-Bencheton, architect and computer manager at Brunet Saunier. “For example, you see how modifying the circulation of the fluid networks or the smoke extraction ducts affects the floor slabs and the walls. As a result, you can avoid many of the collisions usually observed at a later stage. In addition, after the slightest modification, the areas are recalculated in real time.”
Make Better Planning Decisions And because all of this data is found in one integrated model, the architects can easily use the updated information to create the materials— such as initial bill of quantities and material takeoffs—necessary to validate a project’s financial feasibility. As a result, Brunet Saunier can now better plan, and stay within, an accurate budget from the initial bid to project completion.
Shorten Production Time And once work has begun, Revit Architecture makes it happen faster. Recently, Jacques Lévy-Bencheton compared a traditional CAD- based workflow and a Revit Architecture workflow on two similar projects. “We found that there was virtually no difference between the end results—the quality was as good as usual,” says Jacques Lévy-Bencheton. “But fewer designers for the Revit project were needed than in our previous CAD-based processes.”
Revit Architecture and its single, integrated database, Brunet Saunier was able to quickly print 250 documents from a detailed preliminary project plus an additional 500 contractor consultation files. “If the files had not been linked, we would have had to open them one after the other to start each printout,” says Jacques Lévy-Bencheton. “With Revit Architecture, we simply select the sheets and print everything with just a click.”
Easily Make Changes Architects appreciate that speed when changing parametric components within the model or proposing different types of façades covered with curtain walls, for example. “You can modify the drawing of the façade directly from a panel contained in the item library,” says Jacques Lévy-Bencheton. “All drawings and cross sections are then updated automatically.” This approach virtually eliminates coordination mistakes, rework, causes of wasted effort and materials, and other sources of human error.
The Result “Problems hidden during the design phase often arise on work sites,” says Jacques Lévy-Bencheton. “These errors and omissions generate work, and therefore extra costs, at the worst possible time during the project. With Revit Architecture, projects can be studied more seriously and more exhaustively. It makes the work more comfortable and, consequently, we have more time to dedicate to the architecture.”
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Take Advantage of Connections As the project proceeded, the architects discovered other advantages. For example, using
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