How Does Computer Aided Designing & Manufacturing Help Construction Process?

How Does Computer Aided Designing & Manufacturing Help Construction Process?

The construction industry has begun embracing the benefits of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to address different areas. The benefits of prefabrication and Lean construction have already been realized.

The latest construction projects depend on different CAM technologies to create ready-to-install modules. The benefits of the technology have been realized in Canada and across the world. Some of the tallest buildings in the world have been designed using the latest modular technology.

Role of Computer-Aided Designing & Manufacturing

Computer-aided Designing (CAD) and manufacturing plays a crucial role in different phases of a construction project. Learn about the different phases in such projects where this technology is helping make a huge difference.

1. Planning & Budgeting The first phase covers everything from planning to getting permits for the project. You will be evaluating the concepts and their feasibility. So when it comes to building a restaurant, the planning phase will involve much more than examining the need of the restaurant in the community and its location. It will also involve:
  • Creating design concepts using computer-aided designing systems
  • Teams of electrical, mechanical, and plumbing designers working together during the concept phase
  • Budgeting, including setting emergency funds
  • Evaluating environmental impact
2. Design Phase Even when the plan is created during the first stage, the actual design is created in the second stage. It will involve collaboration between all the different parties with the central goal being:
  • Ensuring optimal cost-effectiveness
  • Saving time
  • Minimizing all errors
  • Minimizing alterations
  • Minimizing the need for rework
Designing work will depend on inputs from all the different professionals involved in the construction project. This includes architects, engineers, electricians, HVAC engineers, and plumbers. And it is highly likely that all these different designers will be working on their own computer-aided designing systems.

The latest designing systems will pull all the key information from these different designing teams. The result will be a central database that optimizes the overall designing process.

3. Design Evaluation Phase This phase again brings all the different designers and stakeholders together, including the builders and clients. All the different professionals collaborate and communicate with each other to evaluate the design and determine if and where the changes are required. The goals addressed during this phase include:
  • Collaborating to prevent any kind of errors in design
  • Simplify the process of cost estimation?
  • Make a smooth transition into the next phase – the construction stage
4. Construction Phase The proper implementation of all the earlier phases leads to the construction phase. Construction drawings are issued to all the different departments, carrying accurate information. The areas covered include:
  • Floor plans
  • Site plan
  • Materials and suppliers’ information
  • Foundation plans
Precision drawings will also be presented for electrical, mechanical, HVAC and lighting systems.

The latest computer-aided designing and manufacturing systems help in simplifying and speeding up the construction project. At the same time, the technology also helps in eliminating all room for errors. It helps create a system where there is no room for errors to creep in.