Early Engagement and IPD – From Design to Site

After a number of projects under our belt using a digital design delivery method – IFC files, I thought it was about time to stitch some of the possibilities together and de-mystify some of the technical aspects of process.

I prepared a PowerPoint presentation for a meeting with a builder this week to showcase some of the benefits and possibilities.

The images and descriptions below are from that PowerPoint.

The presentation went down very well and the conversations around the table developed the narrative of the processes used to deliver controlled information from design to site, which is difficult to replicate in a video or a series of slides.

If you want to know more, feel free to give us a call to arrange a meeting.


1 – Traditional design workflow V’s Alternative workflow methods:









2 – IPD process video:


3 – Results which can be realised using these processes:









4 – Never underestimate the flow on benefits from spending more time at the start of a project planning the outcome.

Consider breaking the project up to suit staging for fabrication and erection. Also be aware of possible “post allocation” of breakup like Lotting which can be very effective.

5 – Our systems and processes are all designed around a central database which populated our construction models with project information – Feed information in once and enjoy the benefits of consistency and control.













6 – IPD delivers many things:

  • A more linear approach to design communication – less of a need for multi communication mediums.
  • Closer ties between design and manufacture – get the best from both worlds.
  • A realisation of expansive information that’s a direct result of 3D model collaboration – The level of intelligence of the construction model is increased.











7 – Document management can make or break a project. Gains made in the development of Shop Drawings early can all be lost if the management of information isnt cared for.

Since the advent of 3D Steel Detailing packages, the output of information has increased and whilst there are many out there that complain about this, however there are reasons for it.

The main reason being the identification of each and every part. Every part is accounted for in terms of a drawing and a processing file, the purpose being for the speed and benefit of manufacture.

Traditional document management systems really struggle with the overload of information:









We have solutions to these sorts of issues by making use of our cloud based document management systems.

Managed internally, we can give project parties access to a place where all the latest documents can be found – no more wondering if your own document control systems are up to scratch.

We can even break the drawings up in directories based on the breakup of the project, as discussed earlier at project kick off.









8 – Model based status communication and reporting. We are able to deliver colour coded models to display production status in colour, such as:

  • Steelwork Detailed
  • Steelwork Issued
  • RFIs raised on Steelwork
  • Holds on Steelwork








9 – Additional reporting for fabrication. We have developed many reports to assist project participants:

  • ABM – Advanced Bill of Materials
  • Lot reports
  • Purlin Bundling
  • Project wide Bolt Reports
  • Project wide Material Lists
  • Project wide Assembly Reports

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