This Nordic engineering firm says AGACAD’s BIM software has brought big efficiency gains for its precast concrete and wood framing projects, helped it win new clients, and enabled the company to handle more complex projects.
JPS-Konsult AB, based in Vrigstad, Sweden, specializes in the design of precast concrete and wood-frame buildings, mainly for residential use.
While upgrading itself from 2D to 3D design to be more modern and competitive in the market, JPS-Konsult ran into productivity issues with its new Autodesk® Revit® software. Revit required so much time-consuming manual work that the company was tempted to go back to AutoCAD®.
“We tried to make shop drawings with plain Revit, and soon realized that there had to be a better way,” recalls CEO Johannes Svensson.
So the firm began looking for ways to get all the great benefits of BIM for its precast concrete and timber projects but without having to waste so much valuable time. Specifically, it needed automated view layouts, dimensioning and material take-off, plus ways to quickly insert elements to achieve greater detailing. This functionality had to be easy to learn and use.
Svensson says he did a major search and concluded that AGACAD had the most powerful solutions for his needs. It’s also the only one with a software portfolio broad enough to support both wood and concrete projects.
To begin, JPS-Konsult got a trial of AGACAD’s Smart Assemblies, which automates the creation of views, rules-based dimensions, and assembly sheets for combinations of structural and architectural elements in Revit.
“Now we have almost all of AGACAD’s programs and use them a lot. We could not have made the transition from AutoCAD to Revit without them,” Svensson notes. He’s an especially big fan of the Precast Concrete tools for modelling prefabricated concrete walls, floors, and columns, with real-time project updates in Revit. The software also creates element views with automatic dimensions, and generates bills of materials and shop drawings for quality production and accurate assembly on site.
What has AGACAD’s BIM software meant for JPS-Konsult?
“A fast and reliable way of planning our buildings,” the firm’s CEO says.
More specifically, he cites big efficiency gains due to faster design and fewer errors, new clients attracted by the use of advanced technologies, an ability to handle more complex projects, and more pride and enjoyment in daily work.
“This is a fun way of doing things, the time savings are obvious, and we minimize errors,” Svensson says. “Without the add-ons we couldn’t get such a high detail level and still be competitive. Now we have a great advantage over competitors, who mostly still only work in 2D.”
He rates AGACAD’s team “10 out of 10” for support: “They have a really high level of knowledge, not just on their own applications but also in Revit generally – that’s often been of great use. And it’s impressive how quickly the software gets updated when we make suggestions.”
This client relationship exemplifies “Building BIM Together!” – the slogan at the heart of everything AGACAD does. The focus is on accelerating Building Information Modelling for everyone in AEC based on the insights and experience of advanced BIM practitioners. New and enhanced features based on client feedback and requests are regularly incorporated into solutions.
AGACAD is the developer of the world’s widest range of true BIM software for Revit® professionals, with 10,000+ users in 130 countries. The company is now celebrating 25 YEARS DELIVERING TOMORROW’S AEC.
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