OTB Designworks is proud to announce a new concept in design and fabrication! Using the latest in 3D modeling technology, combined with our 23 years of construction experience, we have the ability to encapsulate projects into a Virtual Build Environment, or VBE. Much more than a design and visualization tool, the VBE™ is an actual virtual build, with every nuance of the design thought about, and fabricated, in the computer, exactly as it will go together in the field. The benefits to this process are myriad, but every person involved with the project will have their process streamlined and the entire project will be much more efficient by having had it constructed already once, in the computer.
OTB continues to develop new and exciting ways to leverage the VBE™ for more utility; whether it be for design, marketing, presentations, fabrication, instructional aids, etc., we are diligent in our drive to constantly analyze and expand our uses of the VBE™.
Part of the paradigm shift, in our opinion, is to train builders to be able to fabricate directly from the computer VBE, with no 2D prints necessary. Of course, the construction process will always need some 2D blueprints, but we really are finding ways to reduce, or in some cases, almost eliminate, the use of 2D documents in our design and fabrication process. Yes, you heard it here first, computers can reduce the amount of paper used! We regularly fabricate complicated timber configurations with, at most, 2 or 3 detail pages; the vast majority of the measurements are taken directly from a laptop in the field.
When was the last time you saw a builder accessing and utilizing a VBE™, in the field? Perhaps never? We are striving to change that.