Transitioning King + King Architects from a 2D to 3D BIM Workflow

By Luc Lefebvre, Senior Architect Product Specialist at Vectorworks, Inc.

Due to intense industry competition, there is increasing pressure to design and construct quality buildings in shorter timeframes, making performance and efficiency even more essential in today’s architectural practice. An architect’s tool of choice is critical in responding to this demand. Back when I worked for King + King Architects as a project manager and BIM manager, I handled our firm’s switch to a fully integrated 3D modeling and BIM process using our tool of choice: Vectorworks software.

An example of a project completed using King + King's BIM process. Image courtesy of King + King Architects.

An example of a project completed using King + King’s BIM process. Image courtesy of King + King Architects.

We picked Vectorworks software for its easy-to-use set of tools and powerful graphic capabilities, which allowed us to not only initially learn the software more quickly, but also adapt our design workflows to better accommodate shorter timeframes. The software’s various 3D modeling tools and 3D objects offer powerful and flexible ways to represent ideas and perform various types of analysis for things like energy performance. Using native objects such as walls, windows, doors, spaces, and more enabled us to work in a 3D environment, while the information contained in those objects facilitated the creation of various types of documentation, from schedules to 2D floor plans, sections, and elevations. The flexibility of the software gave us an edge over our competitors.

Vectorworks software is also designed to help firms smoothly handle collaboration. Being able to work on one central model using project sharing, where each team member can see what is being modeled or altered in real time, helped streamline King + King’s process and internal teamwork. The publish function and various file formats available for export, such as PDF, DWG, and IFC, ensure that Vectorworks models are compatible with various tools on the market, whether it be a consultants’ software of choice or clash detection software, which was a game-changer for our external collaboration.

With our switch to BIM, King + King was able to exceed the growing demands of the field, helping us gain an advantage over other firms. And, now that I work for Vectorworks, it’s my role to help educate other firms like King + King Architects on how worthwhile and feasible it can be to make that transition. If you want to help your firm gain an edge over the competition, then think about making the switch to Vectorworks software and download your free, 30-day trial of the program. To find out more information about how Vectorworks can help optimize your firm’s workflows, check out our infographic below.

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