LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 21: Costing

February 27, 2017. By

Introduction

We have looked in previous posts about how to create and check data. Of course creating reliable data means it can be used for other purposes. In the previous post we saw how the LEGO model data can produce an information takeoff and whilst this can be exported to a cost consultant it makes more sense to extract quantities and apply rates in a single piece of software. Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 19: Sequencing Part 3

January 31, 2017. By

Introduction

In the last two posts of the ‘LEGO Architecture meets BIM‘ series we have seen how we can visualise the building sequence with both GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD and Solibri Model Checker. Both of the methods described rely on having some data related to the sequence. But of course in order to do this the model author needs to know the sequence of steps. Whilst this process is useful for early stage visualisation of a construction sequence it is less effective when managing real buildings to understand the detailed steps to erect a building. Therefore solutions have been developed by various vendors to produce more advanced approaches to construction sequencing. This typically involves using a model connected directly to a project programme. As this process involves a 3D model and adds time it is often referred to as 4D construction. Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 18: Sequencing Part 2

December 12, 2016. By

Introduction

In the last post of the LEGO Architecture meets BIM series we looked at how we could create a fairly primitive sequence using GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD. The first post on sequencing can be found here if you haven’t read it yet. Much of this approach required a manual process to setup and configure to get a useful output. In this post we look at how a sequence can be achieved outside of our authoring tool and in a more automated way in Solibri Model Checker. Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 17: Sequencing Part 1

November 28, 2016. By

Introduction

Being able to both develop the sequence of the build process and visually demonstrate that process is something that is integral to anyone who has ever played with LEGO. In fact I think this ‘project’ is almost the perfect vehicle to explain the concept to a layperson. We all understand that a LEGO model needs to be built in a logical order in order to achieve the final complete product. Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 15: Quality Assurance

October 31, 2016. By

Introduction

Model authors do their best to ensure that models are accurate but it is inevitable that even the most diligent of individuals will miss items that will cause issues for themselves or others. It is therefore imperative that information is checked. Information can be checked manually of course and there is always a place for manual checking. However software tools now allow model checking to be carried out in an automated way.

Checking of models can be split into 2 main areas – geometry and data. Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 12: Federated Models

September 12, 2016. By

Introduction

Up to this point in the series on ‘LEGO Architecture meets BIM’ we have only discussed a single model. However on real life projects models are split into a number of models. This is normally split by discipline (architectural model, services design model, structures model etc), due to file size or simply to provide easier management of files during the project (for example to provide a simple method to switch off models quickly). We also split models because it assists with model checking but more of this in another post. Continue reading