In the late 1980s, the AutoCad drawing program was introduced in horticulture to make plant drawings. It was a big step forward in design quality and detail, says John Vollebregt, COO of Tebarex. In 2021, a new milestone was reached and Tebarex moved to REVIT 3D installation plans.
Drawings based on good explanations
AutoCad drawings have quickly become a household name in horticulture and the demand for drawing all greenhouse facilities has fully increased. John: “In my career of more than thirty years in the horticultural sector, I can say that drawings have always played a very important role in the successful execution of projects. These drawings were and still are the tools for overseas supervisors. able to properly explain to local fitting teams what needs to be installed.”
The transition from AutoCad 2D to drawing projects in REVIT 3D this year means that the entire ground plan, consisting of all pipes and ground cables, is designed and detailed in the 3D environment. Conflicts in intersections are easily made visible and solutions are worked out in a 3D environment. “By spending more time preparing the job and creating the 3D drawings, the execution will be much smoother, allowing for faster and more efficient work in the field,” John expects.
For a 22 hectare project (Ely-Fenland UK) commissioned by Bom Group, a single ‘master drawing’ is being created, which is divided into sectors, John explains. “Then only the outline drawings are printed on paper and all working details and drawings can be viewed via a tablet or smartphone. This saves a lot of paper compared to the previous drawing method.”
By clicking on a sector of the master plan, several details are displayed on the left. By clicking on a link, the corresponding detail is displayed and can be rotated in all positions via the 3D viewer (Dalux). “With this, the supervisor can call specific details to any location in the greenhouse and instruct and check local technicians. When the supervisor is back at his hotel, the drawings are synchronized, so that the next morning, they come out with the most recent drawing.By taking notes in these details on site and marking the GPS positions, as-built drawings can easily be produced once the installation work is complete.
Tebarex ensures that a project, simple or complex, is drawn in 3D to a professional standard, concludes John. “This way the installer has less to worry about during the execution. The work is carried out as planned and the installation can operate without problems for years.”
Need more explanations? John is happy to provide it.