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Friday, September 22, 2017

BIM for Renovation of Historical Sites

BIM is shading off the conventional drawing rapidly. Building Information Modeling (BIM) introduces a new way for designing, constructing and operating buildings and infrastructure. The application stretches far beyond the known territory and it also touches the history with its best features and applications. For understanding the building designs and materials of historical sites, BIM brings out an unparalleled approach. Renovating buildings centuries old requires a comprehensive knowledge of structural designs.

The most known problem associated with renovating historical sites is identifying the structural design. BIM comes as a boon for the organizations that are conducting such works. They revealed that scanning the old construction is like lifting the pages of history and bring out the architectural theories decades ago. BIM has been used for surveying sites accurately that carve out the foundation step of planning the renovation work as per the structure needs.

Mapping historical sites let you understand how the materials have been used and transformed over times. BIM has been used in renovating the Attucks school in Kansas City. The red building was built in 1905 by Charles A. Smith. The building stands in the test of time as a historical site of the colonial revival influences and it has a great influence in the education history of the African-American community.

Nearly two decades after, Charles A. Smith was approached to extend the historical building with a two-story wing to eliminate the over-crowding issue. The task was challenging since Smith needed to match the aesthetic essence of the building while designing the extending part. He used original architectural detail to recreate the same value created decades back. Getting the complete details of the building was not easy and it needed a thorough survey.

Redeveloping Attucks in a new way was a complex task for the team and it required to unveil the existing structural design in the infrastructure. BHC RHODES, a civil engineering firm, shouldered the responsibility of offering 3D Revit Building Information Model. The company used the lider 3D mobile mapping of GeoSLAM conduct the survey work magnificently.

The survey brought out some necessary factors that were essential for carrying out the renovation work safely. The team revealed information about the deteriorating conditions of the wooden flooring, a possibility of ceiling collapses and poor air quality.

The revealed information helped the workers on site plan their job in a secure way. The firm took help from GeoSLAM ZEB-REVO for mapping the inside of the building. The lightweight, a mobile device used the 3D Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) technology to perform the required job efficiently. The process is considered to be comparatively cost effective one to terrestrial, static or trolley based systems.

ZEB-REVO is incredibly designed for mobile mapping and surveying for multi-storied buildings. The device allows you to scan the inside of a construction just while walking around. For the Attucks School, the data received by this device generated 200BIM models.
The application of BIM in layering the historical sites proves to be a new approach. It opens up an array of benefits that lead to a flawless working ability. Sometimes the owner of building needs details about how the renovation work will be done and which material will be the best for work. BIM presents a design that contains every detail required for getting a quick approval on the proposed plan.

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BIM for Renovation of Historical Sites

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Rajib Dey

PartsLab is a useful free Revit add-in

PCL PartsLab belongs to a free Revit add-in that makes the process automatic for production, visualization, and change management concerning Revit Construction Parts. Significantly minimize time and clicks by generating numerous parts from targeted categories/families/types.

Context sensitive tools facilitate rapid hiding & isolation. With the managed history view, it is possible to monitor when design updates occurred as well as types of modifications.

The Revit plug-in is intended for functioning with the software's Parts function to track changes to horde objects in the design models throughout construction devoid of modifying specs set in the construction model.

Now, it becomes easier to connect with the design models and make the constructability edits that is necessary when a design modification happens. With PartsLab, it is not required to visit and update the model. Just connect the original construction model into the original design. If any modification is done to the original model, the duplicate is also modified, and one can make edits to the duplicate.

Now, it is possible to mass-select [components] and generate parts out of everything that [includes] a floor, a column or a wall, for instance. When you accomplish that repeatedly it saves huge time.

This app is mostly suitable for general contractors, architects and engineers as well as major general contractors in North America and Europe.
The add-on offers the following features:

• Compatible with Revit 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 (all verticals supported)
• Explore through connected model categories/families/types from the aggregated model
• Filter model categories/families/types content by Level
• Generate numerous parts from targeted categories/families/types
• Automatically combines the level of Parts from linked-model objects
• Generates and handles a 3D history view of all Parts formed
• Apply context ribbon tools to Hide/Isolate Parts with the original categories/families/types
• Apply as investigative tool for Linked model content, shows object counts
• Replicate chosen family/type definitions from linked models into your existing model

It is available in Autodesk’s App Store as a free app.

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Formit 360 Autodesk

Autodesk® Formit® 360 is used to capture building design concepts for the appeared ideas. Those ideas are created in a compact digital format which will be used in the real-world site information like satellite images, for orienting the designs. Real building and environmental data is used for supporting design brainstorming. Preliminary designs are changed to centralized data storage for accessing and refinement in Autodesk® Revit® software or other applications.

This Formit360 released a lot of new goodies and also released an updated version for Ipad Pro, a Windows version and integration with Dynamo. The released notes followed:

• Internet connection is not needful for working in Formit360 when Formit360 Pro or trial is validated
• Online works is need when it is connected to the Formit 360 services like A360 Drive, Insight 360, Real-time Collaboration, Google Maps etc. and many more
• It can be modeled and navigated easily with the touch-enabled Windows devices with the use of the finger, stylus, mouse and keyboard
• Scripts can be placed and flexed from Autodesk Dynamo Studio
• The modeling tools are Shell, Filet, Mirror and many more
• The export options are Export Visible and Export Selected
• Exported file types are FBX, SAT, DAE, DXF
• The files such as SKP and SAT could be opened and imported directly to Formit
• The Visual Styles are like Monotone surface for an exquisite rendering effect
• For removing the material easily paint is done with the use of default material
• The area per level are viewed
• The user need to view the nested groups to select the groups from a tree view
• Then Ungroup All and the Model
• High DPI screens will be seen in high resolution icons with full clarity
• Keyboard shortcuts are Customized, Imported, Exported
• Next add, remove and relocate the toolbars, then set the UI theme in blue or white

Release Notes for Formit 360 for iPad and iPad Pro:

• It has the full support for iPad Pro resolution
• Formit 360 now supports the Apple Pencil. So the user can sketch more flawlessly and can use pressure for locking into a selected axis
• There will be some sound when anyone snapped to a point and moving along in an axis. It also disable the Settings menu
• There are new actions for undo and redo. For undo double flick to the left is needed and for redo to the right
• There is a new monotone surfaces for a subtle visual style
• It has improved performance, reliability and accuracy in Insight 360 Energy Analysis
• It has improved its performance for fixing the bugs

Release Notes for Formit 360 for Web:

• File operations are organized for allowing local and A360 Drive access
• There are monotone surfaces for a subtle rendering effect
• Export options are Export Visible and Export Selected
• Modeling Tools like Mirror, Offset Edges, Extrude Edges and many more are accessible here through keyboard shortcuts
• It has improved performance, reliability and accuracy in Insight 360 Energy Analysis
• It has improved its performance for fixing the bugs
Release Notes for Formit 360 for Android has improved their performance and fixed the bugs.

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Rajib Dey