AutoScheme makes case for 3D kitchen design

Schematic will officially unveil its patent-pending kitchen and space planning BIM software for foodservice design next week.

The kitchen design software specialist has created a system that utilises ‘drag and drop’ symbols representing actual commercial appliances to rapidly create layouts not just in 2D but 3D too.

It also produces instant quotations of products and can select optional extras. 3D views can be rendered rapidly to photo quality using the system, while video walk-throughs of plans are also instantly generated.

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Joseph Smith, managing director of Schematic, said AutoScheme is the solution for space planning specialists who provide support to architects and engineers using other BIM architectural and engineering software.

“AutoScheme is considerably simpler to use than any of the complex softwares,” he claims. “It is a far less expensive software, a fraction of the annual renewable licence and more importantly the skill it takes to re-train a CAD operator to BIM proficiency, then also to maintain the cost of such a very rare specialist operator. It is a huge unplanned cost that most dealers are unaware of and it will cause some anxiety when it does become known.”

He added that the software has also been designed to match the powerful portable hardware devices that CAD designs increasingly developed on.

“It is our conclusion that foodservice designers will be eager to adopt such a time-saving system, one which makes them BIM compliant and also allows the system to be deployed in the field and across branches, so corporate control of equipment selection and margins can be better managed,” he said.

BIM stands for Building Information Modelling, a process of digitally designing all aspects of a building collaboratively using one system of computer models rather than as separate sets of drawings.

The government has set up a Task Group that aims to ensure that all central government departments will be adopting, as a minimum, collaborative Level 2 BIM for projects by 2016.

Smith says dealers will be able to see AutoScheme in action at stand 463 of the CESA Innovation Zone at Hospitality next week.

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