According to the Wall Street Journal construction costs are on the rise due to an improving economy. Labor and material costs have been increasing close to 3.5 % a year. This means that companies need to find ways to make up for those rising costs, whether it’s looking for cheaper material vendors or letting some employees go. Therefore, it’s important to look at the areas where you can save without losing the integrity of the project. Believe it or not, one way that construction companies can cut costs is to simply print color plans with a color-capable CAD plotter.
Architectural design is something that is ever evolving. One changing aspect, that has completely redefined the design-build process, is BIM software (Building Information Modeling). AutoDesk defines BIM as “an intelligent model-based process that provides insight to help you plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.” This collaborative software is now allowing architects, engineers, and contractors to work together in new exciting ways. But, a paradigm shift always forces other changes. One significant change as a result of BIM is the necessity to print construction plans in full color rather than monochrome.
To explore this further, Lyra Research, Inc. (Now Photizo Group) conducted a study that focused on inadequate collaboration in the design-build process. They strived to find ways to reduce construction costs and in doing so, they made a remarkable discovery. AEC companies can actually save money if they print BIM files in color.
If your business is dependent on reliable wide-format printing, you need to ensure that your staff can have the performance that they need, when they need it. Whether you are looking to replace an old LED plotter or simply make the upgrade into a toner system from ink jet technology, the Océ PlotWave is a solid contender. Here are 3 reasons why you should consider an Océ PlotWave 360.