Drawing Generation

(Drawing Production)


A process in which building information modeling and the model itself is used to create drawings and drawing sets. This including Schematic, Design Development, Construction and Shop Drawing. "With building information modeling, each building object instance - its shape, properties, and placement in the model - is defined only once." (Eastman et al. 2008). The same building model can be used to create all drawing, reports, and analysis datasets. This eliminates the need to manully update each drawing for each design change. Additionally standard construction details can be generated directly from the model, however it may be necessary to add additional information that is not contained within the facility model.

Potential Value:

  • Quickly generate multiple views(plan, elevations, sections, and details) from a single facility model
  • Improved quality of drawing that better explain design intent with additional views such as isometric and 3D views
  • Automatically update drawing sets based on changes in the model
  • Autopopulate schedules
  • All data is extracted from the same model therefore increasing consistency between different views of the same data

Resources Required:

  • Design authoring software with the ability to generate drawings

Team Competencies Required:

  • Ability to manipulate, navigate, and review a 3D Model

Process Map

Below is an example of a Drawing Generation Process


Selected Resources:

  • Eastman, C., Teicholz, P., Sacks, R., and Liston, K. (2008). BIM Handbook: a guide to building information modeling for owners, managers, designers, engineers, and contractors. Wiley, Hoboken N.J.
  • Eastman, C., Teicholz, P., Sacks, R., and Liston, K. (2011). BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors. Wiley. Hoboken N.J.