You’ll never hear a fit-out designer saying “It’s only a fit out,” So why do clients think it should be quick and easy?
(spoiler: with Tridify, it can be easy)
3 important challenges for fit-out projects
1. You have to work within the structural requirements of the space. It’s not a blank canvas so clients’ visions need to be scaled to fit.
2. As designers, we get a brief but we can’t possibly know all the detail of how a space will be used after the fit out. We’re experts in design, not in the practicalities of our clients’ daily operations.
3. Clients aren’t designers. They don’t have our experience and this means they can struggle to visualise 2D designs. Similarly they don’t always have the experience to imagine how a colour scheme will really work or how a room of a certain size will feel.
These challenges create a void between the client’s expectations and our delivery. We get the blame if the fit out design isn’t fit for purpose – and that usually means delays in completing the project and disputes over additional expenses. The costs of this can be huge, in terms of materials and labour.
We know that things improve if we can involve a user at the design stage. When people who use the space can provide functional and practical input to the building, prior to construction, it can reduce the fitout cost by over 20%1.
Can technology help with visualisation? Sort of. Traditionally, taking BIM data and turning it into 3D visualsations has been slow and difficult to do. How often have we heard a client say “Could you just…” and then go on to ask for something that means the entire visualisation needs changing? So then we go back to our offices and we get the computers working away and we wait for the new visualisations to be be ready. When your project gets stuck you end up with people and materials sitting around idle. This is frustrating and costly for everyone.
The alternative, is to press on without the visualisations and risk the costs of rework. This has a cost though. A client of ours, puts the average re-work costs at a 7.5% contingency across new build and refurbishment. If you take 7.5% off your bottom line, you’ll really damage your profit margin. This probably explains why the ROI benefits of BIM data vary from 16% to 1654%2.
Make way for the Tridify revolution!
When you hear that businesses like yours have cut their rework costs by 50% – 90%, don’t you want to know how? The answer is simple, affordable and innovative.
They use Tridify.
This tool lets them create all their designs in a fully data described environment in real-time, using a mobile phone or a tablet.
With Tridify, you can stand on site with a client and quickly manipulate the design objects to create 3D visualisations of their plans. When a client stands in their space and sees the new wall colour or desk arrangement, they can quickly imagine their design as a reality. Move a wall, move a window, create a glass conference room – all at the swipe of a finger.
When clients really “see”, magical things happen. In a hospital refit, a clinician was looking at the visualisations and spotted that a corridor was too small. It was wider than most corridors – but not wide enough for two stretchers. It’s a perfect example of someone who uses the space applying their expertise to improve a design. Imagine though, if the clinician had not spotted this because s/he couldn’t visualise a 2D design in their heads.
It is costly and troublesome to move a built wall. It is less sustainable and it makes life difficult for everyone. When you modify designs in the digital space, using Tridify, the savings are immediately quantifiable.
The Tridify process is incredibly powerful and the time is now.
In Turner & Townsend’s Construction Survey, Steve McGuckin Global Managing Director, Real Estate commented:
”While advances in technology like BIM and modular construction can help, efficiency improvements of the scale required will only be achieved if the industry evolves – and develops leaner, more collaborative ways of working across the supply chain.”
The survey also notes that “Opportunities to improve the efficiency of the construction sector and reduce costs are also opportunities to grow the global economy faster.”
Tridify makes this simple for you. One of our clients increased Sales Value by 120% over conventional decision support tools. That’s what we call a result!
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