3 DIMENSIONAL COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN MODELING
SASCO has invested in the tools, the trained personnel and has the project experience to provide collaborative three-dimensional (3D) modeling on your next project.
Electrical distribution systems in commercial buildings can be complex and sophisticated. Two dimensional construction drawings of a complicated electrical distribution system may not be the best method of clearly defining the electrical scope to the other design team members, the owner, and the field electrician. 3D CAD drawings can be used as an excellent communication tool and can be advantageous in these circumstances.
In addition, 3D CAD drawings can present a significant advantage when coordinating the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) services during construction administration. Complex team design issues can be explored and coordinated more easily during the design phase, prior to construction. Problems encountered during the design phase are typically much cheaper to fix than problems encountered during the construction phase of a project. 3D drawings can also add value through the identification of system routing conflicts during the design process and allow a simple means of explaining value engineering design options. The net result can be more value to the owner with fewer requests for information (RFI's) and change orders during construction.
Some examples of 3D CAD electrical drawings that SASCO has produced for recent projects are as follows;
The above diagram (Diagram #1) illustrates the main service electrical distribution system, standby generator, and automatic transfer switch distribution. The 3d CAD aspect of the drawing greatly improves the ability of the entire design team to understand the scope of the electrical services and required equipment.
The above diagram (Diagram #2) is the same diagram as Diagram #1, but is rotated. This aspect of the 3D CAD modeling allows the electrical system designers to look at the equipment from all angles. This can help improve the project design and construction.
The above diagram (Diagram #3) illustrates the same project as Diagrams #1 and #2, but with some of the architectural features identified. The walls and some of the structural members have been extruded to help define the area and the space where the electrical standby generator, service panels, and conduits are located and routed.