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DIGITAL EVOLUTION FOR INCREASINGLY COMPLEX PROJECTS

20 May 2024

IN STARCHING, DESIGNERS ARE SUPPORTED BY A 'BIM RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT' TEAM THAT EXPLORES NEW METHODS AND TECHNOLOGIES, ENHANCING DATA FLOWS.

Since the beginning of the “digital revolution” in the 1950s, designers in every category have been immediately drawn to it. Architectural design holds a central position between creativity and automation. After the advent of the first CAD systems in the 1970s and the emergence of software such as Catia and AutoCAD in the early 1980s, at the beginning of the new millennium, the development of software meets Building Information Modeling (BIM), also born in the 1970s and based on information sharing. This encounter is the spark that ignites the second phase of digitization in the world of design and construction.

Software is no longer just a way to speed up drawing, simulating what was previously done by hand, but tools that, if properly managed and used, place communication and sharing at the center of the project, making every element designed real. The project thus becomes the container for all objects and information created by every involved party (clients, designers, computational experts, construction management, builders, etc.), making them immediately accessible.

With the belief that BIM was destined to revolutionize designers’ habits and initiate multiple changes in the design processes, Starching has been using this methodology for over a decade not only in all design phases but also for construction management activities and project management. After establishing internal governance and specific workflows for various BIM Uses, the phase of engineering multiple software was initiated. Autodesk Revit for BIM Authoring; Navisworks and Solibri for verification and coordination activities; Recap for point cloud management; Infraworks and Civil 3D for land management. In recent times, particular attention has been paid to the development of Autodesk Construction Cloud – BIM360 (Common Data Environment platform) for sharing project documents, models, and managing key communication flows, both internally and throughout the supply chain. Implementing a structured CDE, managed with appropriate access permissions, has not only allowed targeted distribution and use of information but also facilitated moving many activities (interdisciplinary coordination, clash detection, Approval workflows for drawings and models, etc.) to the cloud environment, collaborating with all partners and working from offices in Milan, Rome, and on-site offices.

In the context of continuous digital evolution, Starching supports its designers with a “BIM Research and Development” team that investigates new methods and technologies, implements, and regulates the use of software within the company, creates and improves BIM workflows and internal and external standards, constantly enriching the services offered. To address increasingly complex and articulated projects, which drive designers towards ever higher goals focused on BIM methodology, Starching has established a corporate Academy capable of training and updating its designers on the multiple aspects that guide and integrate design (sustainability, quality, building performance, etc.) with tools (software, workflows, BIM, etc.).

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