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Building the model

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Once the specification of the model is agreed, 3dd's project management comes into its own. A team is assigned to the project, and a detailed brief using the most up-to-date information takes place with the architect. Specific materials are ordered. Drawings and digital data is requested. cad content is extracted, edited and cam components produced in tandem with the hand-crafted elements in the workshop. Detailed monitoring and client liaison throughout the construction guarantees no surprises and ensures customer satisfaction and repeat business.

For most projects the work rolls to its conclusion, the model is delivered and that's that. Quite a lot of the time that's exactly how it happens. But when a practice has the same deadline for the model and the design, the chances are high that modifications will occur right up to the last minute. No problem. 3dd relishes meeting these challenges as well.

With up to ten live projects at any time, Kevin Mullane has the task of obtaining the correct information and materials and matching resources to cover all aspects of the models as designs are finalised. 'It's a human jigsaw at times, but our associates control and monitor progress within the workshops and we make adjustments to ensure each model is given support where needed and clients are kept informed,' Mullane says.

Acute awareness of overall costs is simply sound management. 'A client will agree a price at quote stage, but projects move so fast and any revisions in their design must be clearly recorded and approved. Nowadays it's very common for a model specification to change between quote stage and completion. Architects are under considerable pressure to revise a design and provide a modelmaker with drawings at short notice,' says Mullane. 'Our service includes the control of these changes. If revisions are likely, we will agree a contingency alongside the model price, which ensures the programme is not delayed.' This point is highlighted by Jonathan Seal of Hamptons International: 3DD have produced detailed and impressive models for a variety of our clients for many years. They would have produced many more had our clients been aware of the quality they provide, rather than concentrate on the cost involved.

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