A Tale of Two Architects
Brittain & White Architects, Charlie White and Jim Bennett illustrate some of the standards and outline the processes used throughout a typical project.
Rule#1 — Neatness Counts!
Data must be stored in a convenient, consistent, easy to locate place on your computer/network, and then ARRIS must be set to look for the data in that location.
Using the ARRIS Projects feature makes all of our data extremely
accessible to everyone on our network.
Project List is maintained in our Standards directory. (categories: Active
Projects, Completed Projects & Standards)
Within the project, drawings are organized by category. (Architectural,
Structural, Mechanical/Electrical, etc.)
Database, Drawing & Layer Standards:
Databases are organized by type of data and scale.
Drawings are organized by which portion of the data within a database
goes on a particular page of the drawing set.
Layers are organized by type of drawing, group and specific information.
Processes In Carrying Out a Project
Program & Information Gathering:
Add project to ARRIS project directory.
Use eZ to gather all project information. (digital photos, sketches,
Site data is started in ARRIS with the initial layout of site boundaries.
This is then brought into eZ for sketching, bubble, diagrams and initial design.
Design sketches are done in eZ and initial plan layouts and elevation
layouts may be done in ARRIS using single lines.
Floor plan database is created with layer groups, and elevation database
is also created at the time.
3D models done in ARRIS. How far the model is taken depends on the
project and what information is to be derived from it.
Production Drawings (Construction Documents):
Construction drawings are done by expanding on the existing design
This phase is heavily automated making in very fast.
At any point these drawings will be launched into eZ for internal review.
Bidding out subcontracts and materials.
We are also contractors so we built almost all the work we design.
Using Corel Draw and some of the ARRIS drawings (floorplans &
elevations) we create sales brochures, websites, etc.
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