In most cases, the Owner/Developer or his architect will provide Summit with floor and roof plans and elevations for each different type of structure to be built. In addition, information regarding the site topography, soil load-bearing and other characteristics, the location of doors and windows, and MEP requirements will be provided. In other cases, the Owner/Developer will provide Summit with a functional concept (e.g., for a single building or an entire township) and request that Summit generate the original designs. Summit will use this information to prepare an initial quote based on a rough panelized design of the structure(s) and estimate of the construction time and cost.
The core of Summit’s architectural/engineering design and panelization process is Revit; a three-dimensional computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) software system. Integrated into Revit, for example, is detailed design, technical, engineering, structural, transportation/delivery and cost data regarding the raw materials, component products, equipment, finished panels, labor and other products and services required to manufacture the panels. After Owner/Developer approval of the initial cost estimate, the panelized design of the structure will be finalized and a comprehensive list of the required construction and other materials will be generated and used to prepare the detailed project equipment transportation/delivery and labor training schedules, cost analyses and formal quotation. Upon acceptance of the formal quotation by the Owner/Developer, this information also will be used to prepare the final construction drawing, project mobilization and performance plans.
Each precast panel and associated items used to erect the structures will be tagged with unique identification codes, which will be cross-referenced to the final construction drawings. This eliminates any delay or error by construction workers in finding the right panel or risk of erecting a wrong panel in a given location in the structure, and thus any delay in, or additional cost for, the project.
Integrated with the Revit system is an inventory, location tracking and distribution coordination program for the StructCrete™ Equipment and consumable items. The program calculates, for example, the length of time each mold will be needed at its current location and thus when it will be available to use on scheduled new projects, as well as what additional StructCrete™ equipment and consumables will need to be manufactured, and when, to meet the requirements of new projects.