Building Information Modeling is not just an app you can install, or an upgrade you can buy. It is a do-it-yourself solution from which you can withdraw only what you deposit. It is very much a digital construction site, where a collection of methodologies and lessons learned that changes from project to project mimics real life means and methods.
Wielded well, BIM can:
- free up vast amounts of mental resources and shortcuts many time consuming exercises to allow more time for exploration.
- multi-task for designers, so that effort adjusting proportions or coordinating disciplines yields at the same time accurate immersive experiences.
- Convey the intangible value of your design goals clearly for clients and builders, so that spreadsheets lose their monopoly on value determination.
- Collect knowledge attained on previous projects and allows them to be built upon quickly.
Acoustic Ceiling Panels in Historic Auditorium
A modern update of an existing 100-year old auditorium in an historic museum building had a large catalog of state-of-the-art sound and video equipment to cram into an existing structure, making every 1/8" count when designing the space. Demolition uncovered a complex vaulted Guastavino tile structure that offered potential additional head height for a new mezzanine. Using a point cloud survey and 3d modeling of the geometry, a computer generated casting was made for panels that would follow the exact shape of the dome, leaving just enough room for services to run behind them out of sight, and provided a clean and acoustically excellent space for lectures and performances.
Connective Complex of Two Existing Classroom Buildings
Working with renovations can be complex, and when connecting two separate buildings with a third new structure, understanding relationships in 3d is key. Using BIM technology to efficiently document existing conditions from observations and historic drawings, the design team was able to navigate the newly-connected spaces and identify issues to ensure that the final design would create a flowing connected space, both spatially and functionally.
Being one of the first to use a cloud-based workflow developed by Autodesk, architects and consultants in Louisiana worked seamlessly with design team members thousands of miles away as though they were in the same office.
Facade Studies for a Curtain Wall
BIM creations are practical, but also allows for the creation of visually stunning pieces to convey and sell design intent and value, all while maintaining a connection to reality and construction documentation. This series of studies for a hotel in Manhattan allowed different schemes to be reviewed, and once selected, instantly updated design drawings for pricing and contractor analysis.