Feldkamp Enterprises, Inc.'s Drafting and Design Department is where your project starts. We believe that the planning phase is the most critical step in the delivery of a quality product. Our Drafting and Design team is the lynchpin in that process. Our drafters are among the most qualified in their field, utilizing the most advanced cutting edge software, such as…
AutoCAD is the base program that we use to make our backgrounds (floor plans). It is the software environment that we use to incorporate our duct and pipe shop drawings as well as other trades' drawings. This allows for more accurate coordination among all trades and an easier and more organized installation.
CAD Pipe is a proprietary program that we use in conjunction with AutoCAD to draw duct and pipe. This program has the capability to render 3D real world duct and pipe objects. It is the program that allows us to make solid models that interact in a real world 3D model. The dimensional database was developed to exacting industry standards, so what is drawn is actually what will exist in the field. It also has fabrication takeoff functionality.
Revit is Building Information Modeling software. It allows us to design a building and its components in 3D, annotate the model with 2D drafting elements and access building information from the building models database. Revit is 4D BIM capable with tools to plan and track various stages in the building's lifecycle, from concept to construction and later demolition. Revit allows us to view architect's and engineer's work and to use it as a reference when incorporating our mechanical equipment into the model.
Navisworks is the latest 3D modeling viewer and collision detection software. It has revolutionized the coordination process. Everything in the building that is a solid model (walls, structural steel, ceilings and trade entities) can be viewed in Navisworks. Wherever there is a collision between trades or building objects, Navisworks will highlight the problem area. Each trade can then manipulate their 3D model. As each problem area is resolved, Navisworks is updated to reflect those changes and the highlighted collision area disappears. This process insures that no one trade will be in conflict with another when it comes time to install their respective work.