Design Development & Coordination

Pinnacle has the competence and technology to assist MEP Design Firms in the design development process. Our dedicated team of skilled personnel is experienced in interacting with engineers to understand their design-intent and provide value-added support which evolves from conceptual/schematic stage to construction stage. The inputs received by Pinnacle include any or all of the following:

  • Conceptual Drawings and/or Models
  • Red Line Mark-ups
  • Design Sheets
  • Hand-sketches
  • Single Line Diagram
  • Design Basis Reports
  • 2D Drawings
  • Calculation Excels

Pinnacle’s engineering team translates designer’s thoughts, expressed through the aforesaid inputs into buildable information in the form of 3D models and 2D Drawings. We have a large database of building equipment and elements, fittings & accessories covering most of the manufacturers globally. We recognize the importance of communication, work process & documentation for successful collaboration. Our ISO 9001:2008 certified process follows detailed documentation process which is critical for collaboration.

The above process passes through one or more of the following stages of Design Evolution:

Schematic Design: Schematic design is an initial design scheme that seeks to define the general scope of the project, including scale and relationships between various building components. At this stage, the models are the dominant tools to provide a description of the proposed system. The description is a set of integrated ideas and concepts about what the proposed system should do, behave and look like, so that it is well understood by all the stakeholders. The sketches from the design firm interpreting the client’s desire are translated into a model, corresponding roughly with the LOD 200 Revit model. We use LOD 200 Models for preliminary studies, based on location, orientation and overall systems.

Detailed Design: Detailed Design is the stage following schematic design where the schematic design decisions are worked out in greater details. The details get reflected in the model, corresponding roughly with the LOD 300 Revit model. This also enables the client to visualize the project. Analysis based on specific Systems can be performed and Quantities of all Materials can be extracted from the model. At LOD 300, the model is leveraged for the generation of traditional Construction Documents and Shop Drawings and is used for the analysis of Constructability, Clash & Cost.

Construction Documentation: Construction Documentation is a bridge between building design and physical building form. It encompasses the preparation of drawings and specifications that set forth the detailed requirements for the construction of a building project. In terms of modeling, this corresponds roughly with the LOD 300 Revit model incorporating all information of the MEP services. LOD 300 Models include elements that are accurate in terms of size, shape, location, quantity and orientation with complete fabrication, assembly and detailing information. At this Level, the Model has non-geometric (3D) information like text, dimensions, notes and 2D details and it is a complete representation of all the proposed elements.