The Beginning of the End of Clash Detection

Job sites all over the world use clash detection to report on the errors that occur as architects, engineers, and contractors create 3D models for buildings. Every clash report includes tens of thousands of these errors, and the clash detection process can take months or years. The errors are so prolific that they test our abilities to fix and correct them. But BuildingSP has a solution. We want you to imagine your BIM workflows without clash detection and consider what that would change.

Many of us in construction remember clash detection before we had the help of software. We used light tables and overlaid printed vellum. Everyone gathered around a table, noted the systems in their heads, and then made corrections with a red pen on one copy of the vellum. This required skill and collaboration to simply identify clashes, much less fix them. While this was a highly imperfect workflow, most of the built environment was created using this technology, which relied on skilled people.

Fast forward to the era of programmatic clash detection. When we first used Navisworks, it felt like magic, and it forced us to come up with creative ways of managing clashes. This included viewpoints, clash reports, clash sets, Excel spreadsheets, carefully worded BIM execution plans, and management of files using cloud computing. But while clashes are now easy to find, it still takes tremendous effort to fix all of those coordination problems.

Enter BuildingSP.

We are declaring the beginning of the end of clash detection. Our work uses the concept of clash avoidance rather than clash detection. We've created tools that automatically route mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems using computational BIM. These tools create clash-free systems through BIM environments, working in data-driven ways rather than manual point-and-click modes.

We can autoroute through point clouds with intense congestion, route in data-driven ways, and route in point-to-point scenarios. You can see examples of our work on our demo page. Many more demos are on their way, so please check back or sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date.

How will the work of BuildingSP change the industry? We believe it is disruptive. Clash detection and low-productivity modeling do not support the future of how we work. Clash detection has a limited role in that future and we're proud to be moving the needle towards smarter design and construction. Generative design, virtual reality, reality capture, and big data need better tools.

Contact us to learn more about software trials, our development roadmap, and how our pricing is structured to incentivize early adopters.

Tags: BIM Construction MEPS

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