Computers Unlimited, the Vectorworks software distributor in the United Kingdom, recently sponsored the publication of a new book that dispels the misconception that BIM is appropriate only for larger practices. Written by architect and author Robert Klaschka, BIM in Small Practices: Illustrated Case Studies features 10 BIM projects designed by small architectural firms. One of those case studies focuses on industry expert Jonathan Reeves, who has been a loyal Vectorworks user since 1991.
“Smaller architecture firms are not just one-stop house designers any more,” says Reeves, whose practice, Jonathan Reeves Architecture (JRA), consists of one architect and one administrator. “They need to adhere to building regulations and environmental standards, as well as satisfy local planning offices, clients, and any other parties interested in local development. This means that they need to call on experts in each particular area to support their work. BIM simplifies and improves this process.”
Reeves values the ability to communicate ideas with three-dimensional, information-rich objects. He first put BIM to good use on a project for Kingsway School, collaborating with Quattro Design Architects in Gloucester back in 2006. Since then, Reeves has gone on to provide architectural BIM services and a full range of Vectorworks-based training courses.
Reeves uses Vectorworks Architect as his main tool for all 2D drafting, 3D modeling, and building information modeling. “Vectorworks Architect is a powerful cross-platform solution,” Reeves says. “Its ease of use and powerful tool set make it very productive for all the main tasks within the architectural design process, from concept design right through to production information and also presentation boards.”
He adds that all projects, not just large ones, need simplified collaboration. “BIM is all about setting standards and operating procedures that make collaboration much easier, simplifying the task of sharing data with other professionals who use different technologies, different file formats, and different ideologies,” says Reeves. In addition, he notes that BIM should be used by all practices to save time, money, and effort, enabling designers to focus on improving the architecture they create, while still enjoying the creative process.
BIM in Small Practices: Illustrated Case Studies is available for purchase and would make a nice addition to your summer reading list. Enjoy!