LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 30: FM Handover

October 17, 2017. By


When I had the original idea for the LEGO series one of the main goals was to demonstrate how open standards could be used throughout the project. Many of these processes are well documented and shared amongst the BIM community. However, little is available on how information is exchanged into Facilities Management (FM) software. Part of my aspiration for the blog was that we could use the LEGO model to demonstrate a little of this digital handover process. So the question is: What does that design and construction information from a BIM process actually look like in an FM tool? Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 29: Construction Reality

September 20, 2017. By


Throughout this blog series we have discussed some of the many benefits of a BIM approach. Of course there are more than this blog series will cover but the aim of the series has always been to show how BIM can be applied to anything, even a child’s toy, if you really want to embrace a BIM process. Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 28: COBie

August 21, 2017. By


We are now moving towards the end of the blog series on LEGO Architecture meets BIM. In this post we look at how the data from the LEGO model can be extracted into a COBie format.  The main purpose of COBie is to provide a transfer mechanism of data produced with a BIM process into a format that can be used by Facilties Managers. This data is provided for maintaining an asset (in this case the Villa Savoye, although in LEGO format!) after the completion of construction. Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 26: Common Data Environments

July 10, 2017. By


BIM is often misunderstood simply as technology, a deliverable or all about the model. However PROCESS is the most important aspect of any BIM project. A successful BIM project is one that follows a defined process effectively and efficiently, using technology to produce deliverables (these may or may not come from a model). In the UK much of this starts with ‘BIM Level 1’. I have written previously in detail on this subject but a core requirement for a project is the use of a Common Data Environment or CDE for short.  Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 25: Making Waste Visible

June 12, 2017. By


The posts in this series have been very focussed on the uses of the model that we created at the beginning of this series. These have all been very focussed to date on how technology can be used to support a BIM process. However in this post we look beyond the technology to consider how a BIM mindset can provide added value to projects. Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 24: Mobile Part 2

May 30, 2017. By


In the last post we looked at how the LEGO Architecture meets BIM project could be shared with GRAPHISOFT BIMx. As I said in that post I love BIMx as a mobile application, however it is largely restricted to GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD users. The application of BIM requires many different stakeholders to come together. This change to a more collaborative culture needs to have as few barriers as possible so as an industry we must ensure that technology does not divide us further. So without going into a whole host of reasons, we need open solutions to share our information as easily as possible. Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 23: Mobile Part 1

April 24, 2017. By


As technology advances the need to access information on mobile devices becomes increasingly important. Using mobile phones or tablets to buy products, tickets or book a holiday is common place today and being able to access Building Information Models (BIM) in the same manner is expected by an increasingly technology literate population and with the internet increasingly connected in more and more locations. Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 22: 3D Printing

March 13, 2017. By


Over the past couple of years 3D printing has very much been in the main stream media. So the concept of 3D printing is largely understood by even those not involved the construction industry. 3D printing can produce some incredible outputs however this relies of course upon on high quality inputs! Our LEGO Architecture meets BIM project has of course a robust 3D model at the heart of it so producing a 3D printed version is relatively straightforward. Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 21: Costing

February 27, 2017. By


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