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Title: RS152-1 - 3D CAD and FIAPP: Three-Dimensional Computer Models and the Fully Integrated and Automated Project P
Publication Date: 3/1/2001
Product Type: Research Summary
Status: Supporting Product
Pages: 20
Discusses the various functions of 3D CAD and computer models and how 3D models can enhance the construction process; offers recommendations on present and future uses of 3D CAD modeling in construction.
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The three-dimensional computer model has been a well established design engineering element for over a decade. Early 3D models justified their expense by enabling detection of model elements that showed potential for trouble in the field. These early models helped reduce field rework.

Recently, the construction industry has begun to accept 3D models as a design tool, not just a three-dimensional representation that augments traditional 2D design systems. This brings about a need to reevaluate the purpose of documents and drawings. Viewed from the perspective that 3D models enable “information extraction,” the industry has the opportunity to explore the many uses of three-dimensional models and their associated databases both in pre-planning and at the construction site.

CII wanted to evaluate the integration of 3D computer aided designs (CAD) into the construction phase. Specifically, CII wanted to provide the industry with information on how 3D CAD models could be used in achieving the fully integrated and automated project process (FIAPP). To help in accomplishing this, CII formed the 3D CAD in FIAPP Research Team to develop procedures for integrating 3D CAD into the overall integrated, automated project processes.

The research team concludes that numerous construction functions can be supported with 3D CAD models. This research summary presents a discussion of the various functions and how three-dimensional models can enhance the entire construction process. Recommendations are also offered and cover the entire spectrum of the engineering construction process, from pre-planning through start-up and commissioning.