Computer Aided Design (CAD) software provides modeling and simulation tools for construction projects. These systems provide a key component to the successful execution of a project in the form of design specifications and material requirements from within a virtual model.
Providing an integration point with third-party CAD systems enables fast and accurate data sharing between design, estimating, schedule, project performance, and accounting. Integrated CAD empowers data sharing between the systems unlike any single point of entry on the market. A work breakdown structure based on a design model (work package or entire project) from a third party CAD system can be created in HD Solutions where cost, productivity, and schedule dates can be defined. Create multi-directional data delivery and collaboration by sending new data defined in HD Solutions back to the CAD system to update the work package or project with cost, productivity, and schedule data.
Once the work breakdown structure for the work package or project has been created in HD Solutions, the costs, production rates, and schedules may be defined with direct integration to Primavera or Microsoft Project. Costs may be defined by detailing all of the resource requirements and a production rate (Detail cost source), directly entering the cost of the activity without defining the resource requirements (Plug cost source), or awarding the activity (component) to a subcontractor or vendor (Quote cost source).
An option may be provided to allow the user to add the drawing(s) for this work package or project as a project attachment in HD Solutions for reference purposes.
Once the cost, productivity (man-hours), and schedule dates are defined in HD Solutions, the user may be provided with a method to update the originating work package or project in the CAD system with the data defined in HD Solutions. This data may be used for planning, look ahead purposes, and/or historical analysis.