Precast Buildings

allplan PRECAST for BUILDINGS and Parking structures

  • Design & reinforce precast walls columns, beams, & slabs
  • Generate quantity take-offs & proposals for bids
  • Visualize clashes with the click of a button



Manage the full BIM workflow for precast concrete

Precast concrete plays a crucial role in the building process, but miscalculations or errors in shop drawings can negatively impact deadlines and budgets. A 3D BIM model, used in the planning and design stages, can streamline the entire precast workflow. Software with integrated quality assurance and automatic functions, such as clash detection, enable optimal precast planning and simplifies change management.

Allplan Precast helps to simplify the precast detailing process from sales estimation and bidding to automatically generating shop drawings.

But that's not the end of the story. 

Model-based design is becoming the new norm for building structures, and it has yielded big dividends for construction contractors and engineers alike. But BIM has not yet transformed precast fabrication in the same way. Why not? 

  • High quality BIM-based detailing isn’t yet easy enough to be an everyday workflow
  • Downstream use of BIM data is limited and cumbersome

To realize the potential offered by digital precast workflows, engineers must be able to create high-quality models with ease, and fabricators must have operations management tools that can consume, use, and update the information those models contain.


BIM Supports Better Bids for Precast Projects

Precasters using 2D CAD for estimating and design have limited ability to visualize the details, createing a higher likelihood for errors and data inconsistencies. Left unchecked, these errors remain in the drawings and documentation given to fabricators and onsite contractors. This leads to cost overruns from correcting expensive mistakes during construction, increased requests for information (RFI’s), and stretched deadlines that could cause friction between team members. 

This is where building information modeling (BIM) software becomes incredibly valuable - a 3D BIM model of a precast element submitted with your bid looks more professional and stands out against other 2D bids. BIM software also equips your sales team with more accurate measures of the quantities needed of concrete, the number of forms, and rebar sizes. In the end, this allows the company using BIM to present a more complete, professional, and accurate.

Learn more - download the Bidding for Precast whitepaper

3D as easy as 2D

Incrementally, the AEC industry is shifting towards digitalization and software implementation to remove bottlenecks and streamline engineering work. While learning new software can be intimidating, Allplan offers software for precast concrete buildings that provides a familiar CAD interface. Drafters can draw their designs in 2D as they always have and produce a 3D model simultaneously, and the time saving is undeniable.

Here is what one of our customers has to say, Allplan allows us to draw in 2D and get a 3D model. I knew a lot of my drafters would really appreciate that because they already understand CAD. Go ahead and get on board now, this truly is the next step.”

Watch this short video to see how easy it is.

Introducing PIM: Precast Information Modeling

We’ve all heard of BIM. But did you know that information modeling can be specially tailored for the precast industry?

One of the most meaningful ways a company can reduce overhead and increase margins is by implementing new technology. The frontline designers and drafters can save a lot of tedious time with the right tools. Let us show you how easy it can be to implement BIM, save time while still producing high quality production drawings and making PIM a reality for your company.

When you hear BIM, certain words probably come to mind such as properties, design, and change management. But what about reinforcing, automation, or precast?

We need to shift our thinking of information modeling, broaden our scope, and understand how it pertains to precast. Learn how precasters can incorporate automation, leverage technology, and let the software do the tedious work for us.

Watch our informative webinar "Introducing PIM: Precast Information Modeling"

Generate automatic shop drawings and reports for precast walls

With BIM & a 2D to 3D workflow, automatic drawings are a huge asset; they increase accuracy in reporting for individual pieces, as well as for fabrication. In Planbar, drawings are automatically created with all required dimensions, sections, bill of materials data, rebar bending schedules, as well as piece properties. These automatic piece drawings help reduce the number of drawings that need to be created, saving projects time & money on production.

Watch the video to see how automatic shop drawings and reports can be a game-changer for wall elements.

Automated drawings and elementation videos

Beam Element Plan - automate your precast drawings in seconds!

Automatically create wall elementation for precast buildings in one easy step

Changes to the model automatically update you customizable shop drawings

Recorded Webinars

Check out our webinar, “Introducing PIM: Precast Information Modeling,“ where we discuss how frontline designers and drafters can save a lot of time with the right tools. We will show you how easy it can be to implement BIM, save time while still producing high quality production drawings and making PIM a reality for your company. REGISTER TO WATCH

In our webinar, BIM for Precast Buildings and Parking Structures, we will discuss the complex issues facing model creation for a typical precast concrete building and precast parking structure in a BIM environment. We will look at how you can transform your projects from plans to simple models to a fully detailed and information rich project. Learn how to reduce the tedious aspects of modeling and automate many of the processes; including elementation of walls and slabs, placing reinforcing and generating shop drawings. REGISTER TO WATCH