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File Naming Convention Diagram

Understanding Construction File Naming Codes on DKAD Drawings

This page contains tables to explain the codes on our drawings. Our drawings use a recognised standard for file naming, based on the British Standards for construction information, which have been largely adopted by the RIAI in Ireland. Follow this link to BIM Toolbox for the most up to date version of the conventions.  Our drawing title blocks, and file share locations use systems of codes to quickly identify files based on these 10 parameters: Project Number- there should be a standard number for the project used by all companies.  Originator– the person or company who created the file. Our originator code is “DKAD” System or Volume– the building number (for...

Benefits of Our New BIM Workflow for Commercial Housing Projects

Benefits of Our New BIM Workflow for Commercial Housing Projects

It is estimated that BIM technology can deliver 30% cost savings on commercial construction projects. We have developed an apartment design workflow using Building Information Modelling technology and cloud rendering. Mass housing is an ideal application for cost saving technologies based on the BIM platform. Wikipedia Definition of Building Information Modelling What Does our BIM Workflow Mean For the future occupants of the new homes? This technology presents accurate, deliverable 3D views of all spaces, and it also creates opportunities for innovative new services to emerge. At a basic level, the real-time link between the 3D images, the 2D construction drawings, and the organizational database for the project is key....

Our Daylight Analysis and Lighting Design Services

Our Daylight Analysis and Lighting Design Services

We provide technical daylight analysis services for planning applications, glazing design and large scale artificial lighting design. When Do I Need Additional Daylight Analysis Services? Architects typically use rules of thumb or their design experience to decide adequate natural and artificial light levels for buildings. Sometimes we need a more scientific and analytical approach. 1. Accurately specifying the correct number and type of light fittings for large commercial spaces. 2. Visualising natural light levels for design purposes 3. Quantitative analysis of daylight for planning, and planning appeals purposes. 4. Isobar illustrations of light levels for lighting design. Providing adequate levels of light is one of the first design skills learned...

Classical Form is Still the Starting Point for Luxury Residential Design

Classical Form is Still the Starting Point for Luxury Residential Design

How Can You Achieve Luxury Without Profligate Expense? As a designers, we are often focused on problem solving. But when a special client asks for something more than just an intelligent solution for their practical needs, for a design that is personal to them and expressive of their personality, we embark on a subtly different process, and we ask ourselves “what does luxury mean for this client.” If you read lifestyle magazines, which are driven by advertising, it can often seem that achieving an extraordinary home is about spending vast amounts of money on luxury brands and technologies. As architects it’s our job to see through the fog of marketing...