Why consider shop and fabrication drawings if you have BIM building designs?
Shop and fabrication drawings do not, in any way, negate the need for BIM building designs. Building information modeling plays a role in the construction industry. It has more functions than what shop drawings show. Both are, however, representations of the building components.
However, BIM designs, although they reveal much of the information about the components holistically, may not give clarity to all stakeholders, especially those who are not tech-savvy. Shop and fabrication drawings come to the rescue by selectively revealing the information of prefabricated components.
Again, shop and fabrication drawings are not necessarily done by engineers and architects but by contractors, subcontractors, fabricators, and suppliers. After completion of the drawings, they will be sent to architects and engineers who will verify the design consistencies with the original designs before fabrication starts.
Fabrication of these drawings without the approval of engineers and architects could lead to change orders, and that could incur costs to the facility owner. New York Engineers eliminates such inconveniences by following the right procedure in shop and fabrication drawing production.
These drawings are still needed despite the availability of BIM building designs. In fact, New York Engineers can extract 2D drawings from the BIM model and utilize them for shop and fabrication drawing production. Our expertise and experience in building information modeling enable us to manipulate the model. We know that most fabricators are not well-rounded with BIM technology, and so they prefer working on shop drawings rather than the 3D building designs.