Let’s Design a Green Blueprint for Green Tomorrow…

Let’s Design a Green Blueprint for Green Tomorrow…

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With the advancement in technology and software, it is possible now to evaluate the energy performance of a building at early stage of building designing process. Let’s design a blueprint for green tomorrow green where we and our generation would inhale fresh air!

Energy efficiency is becoming a key factor. Of late, “Go Green” slogan has been organic part of the architecture industry. International outcry for a greener and safer earth, increasing environmental consciousness among people, greenhouse issues raised by the environmentalists across the globe are compelling the architecture firms, virtual building solutions firms and real-estate developers to develop energy efficient tools which can minimize the environmental impact and predict the amount of energy a building consumes over its life-span much before its construction. In response to the increasing demand, architect engineers and software experts develop various tools to be used in the early design phase, as 80% of the sustainable design decisions that affect a building’s energy performance are made by the architect designer at the early design phase, to increase the building performance. With the advancement in technology and software, it is possible now to evaluate the energy performance of a building at early stage of building designing process.

Impact of the Construction Industry

The construction industry has a profound impact on our daily lives: the buildings we live and work in, the roads and bridges we drive on, the railways, airports and harbors we travel and trade from are the greatest contributions of this industry. According to a report published by Pricewaterhouse Coopers, “The construction industry accounts for around one-tenth of the world’s gross domestic product, seven percent of employment, half of all resource usage and up to 40 percent of energy consumption.” It indicates large amount of land use, energy and water consumption, and air and atmosphere alteration. To mention, in the US alone, more than 2,000,000 acres (8,100 km2) of open space, wildlife SUPS habitat, and wetlands are developed each year. More commercial and residential building will be developed in the coming years. Increasing energy and water consumption will alternate the ecological balance and healthy atmosphere. The demand for advanced energy efficient tools is increasingly sweeping the architectural design industry.

Global Scenario and Today’s Need of the Hour

In the last century constant movements led by environmentalists, scientists and NGOs forced developed and developing countries both to set some standards and benchmarks to be followed by architecture design firms, real estate developers, architects and engineers to reduce green house effect. With the passing of time, architecture firms around the world have developed advanced tools to help architecture designers and building developers meet the standards set by various Councils and energy bureaus. There are hundreds of energy rating tools available in the market. These tools are being considered need of the hour. Autodesk® has developed an energy rating tools called Ecotect® help architects and designers evaluate multiple design alternatives at early stages of the design process. In conjunction with 3D, these tools enables architect designers to assess and control solar access, natural and artificial lighting levels, overshadowing, wind exposure, thermal performance, etc. Reference Architectural Evangelist.

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Architecture Industry: A Hidden Culprit to Global Warming

Architecture Industry: A Hidden Culprit to Global Warming

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Contrary to this belief that transportation industry is largely responsible for climate change and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, buildings are the single largest contributors to global warming.

“If we buy the wrong TV we’re saddled with it for a few years. If we buy the wrong sandwich we’re only saddled with it for the afternoon. But if we buy the wrong building, we’re saddled with it for far longer,” answered Peter Morris principal of the construction consultancy Davis Langdon, in response to a question by a leading Indian magazine, Business Week. Build green building and promote global environmental responsibility. Build green and save money. Increasing environmental consciousness among people, international outcry for a “cleaner, greener and safer Earth”, greenhouse issues raised by the environmentalists from the different corners of world are compelling architectural firms, real estate developers, home builders, virtual building solutions provider to focus on sustainable green building.

The architecture industry has a profound impact on our daily lives. Contrary to this belief that transportation industry is largely responsible for climate change and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, buildings are the single largest contributors to global warming. According to the US Energy Information Administration, buildings are responsible for almost half (48%) of all energy consumption and Green House Gas emissions annually. Globally the percentage is even greater. Architectural buildings including residential, commercial and industrial buildings consume 76% of total U.S. electricity generation.

The story does not end here. Building industry also generates tons of wastage materials which distort the soil structure and pollute environment largely. For example, the architecture industry in UK produces nearly 20 percent of all UK waste, equating to approximately 90 million tonnes sent to landfill every year. This figure is sufficient enough to prove the impact of architecture industry on ecological system. In the US alone, more than 2,000,000 acres (8,100 km2) of open space, wildlife SUPS habitat, and wetlands are developed each year. More commercial and residential building will be developed in the coming years. More energy and water consumption will alternate the ecological balance and healthy atmosphere. Immediate action in the building sector is required if we want to avoid the coming grave crisis. Architectural firms can gift us a green tomorrow as 80% of the sustainable design decisions that affect a building’s energy performance are made by architect at the design phase. With gradual advancement in technology and engineering, Architectural firm can evaluate the energy performance of a building at the early stage of designing building process. Copied from Architectural Evangelist.

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Project Shapeshifter to Revit Conceptual Design

Project Shapeshifter to Revit Conceptual Design

After playing around with Project Shapeshifter, He has to say I am quite impressed. extremely complex geometrical forms can be created, which would take a considerable amount of time to replicate in Revit’s massing environment, as well as through visual programming in Dynamo. He wondered how one could utilize these Project Shapeshifter forms in Revit and started defining a workflow.

The first images below will demonstrate the various forms one can create in Project Shapeshifter, based on the pre-existing templates.

The default Cube template will be active by default. There is a filmstrip of allowing you to choose from 38 patterns to the bottom of the web browser, to apply to the object.

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Below are the different patterns which can be applied, and their effects:

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The various forms one can choose from, takes place from the templates tab to the top of the web browser. There are 12 forms to choose from.

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A snake form was chosen. One can now start to modify basic settings applicable to this form, or even move to more advanced settings. One can even decide what the form geometry will look like: Based on a circle, half circle, triangle, etc.

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The best feature for me would be the Randomize function. You will get random forms with a random pattern and random template applied. This shapeshifter model can then be downloaded in either a *.obj file format, or *.stl file format. With a quick file format conversion in 3ds Max to ACIS Sat, the concept is useable in Revit.

Walls and Curtain Systems were applied to the form faces, to generate quite an interesting structure:

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Going Green – Green Architecture

Going Green – Green Architecture

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Building and construction have a great effect on the environment. In the United States, buildings alone account for 40-49% energy consumption, 25% of water consumption, 70% of total energy consumption and 38% of total carbon dioxide emissions.

What is green building?

Also known as sustainable architecture it essentially means building and architecture that is considerate towards the environment. This consideration can range from, building home with special materials such as straw bale, using efficient products and recycled materials within your home, planning land use and monitoring and improving indoor air quality.

There are several ways, which are not considered experimental anymore, in which home owners and builders can create environmentally responsible buildings. Mainstream approaches include using eco friendly products wherever possible; harvesting rain water and using natural light harnessing solar energy. Using raw materials that are rapidly renewable such as cork, linoleum and bamboo or locally manufactured products to save on energy consumed during transportation are also options at an individual level.

Green Countries

Australia

The Green Building Council of Australia has outlined a green building standard known as the Green Star. The most recent recipient of the 6 Green Star award was The Australian Ethical Investment Ltd’s refurbished office space in Trevor Pearcey House, Canberra. The total cost of the renovation of this building was $1.7 million, and produced an estimated 75% reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, 75% reduction in water usage, and used over 80% recycled materials. The architects were Collard Clarke Jackson Canberra, architectural work done by Kevin Miller, interior design by Katy Mutton.

Australia also has a system to improve energy efficiency of residential buildings called First Rate. Environmental consciousness has rapidly grown in Melbourne, the government offers subsidies and rebates for water tanks, water efficient products (such as shower heads) and solar hot water systems. The city is home to many examples of green buildings and sustainable development such as the CERES Environmental Park. Another one is EcoLinc in Bacchus Marsh. Two of the most prominent examples of green commercial buildings in Australia are located in Melbourne — 60L and Council House 2 (also known as CH2).

Canada

For new buildings built after the year 2000, Canada has implemented “R-2000” in an effort to increase energy efficiency and promote sustainability. Incentives are offered to builders to meet this standard.

Examples of green buildings include Beamish-Munro Hall at Queen’s University built by sustainable construction methods such as high fly-ash concrete, triple-glazed windows, dimmable fluorescent lights and a grid-tied photovoltaic array. And the Gene H. Kruger Pavilion at Laval University which was built using largely non polluting, non toxic, recycled and renewable materials as well as advanced bioclimatic concepts that reduce energy consumption by 25% compared with a concrete building of the same dimensions. The structure of the building is made entirely out of wood products, thus further reducing the environmental impact of the building.

Germany

  1. Green buildings in Germany
  2. The Solarsiedlung (Solar Village) in Freiburg, Germany
  3. The Vauban development, also in Freiburg
  4. Houses designed by Baufritz
  5. The new Reichstag building in Berlin

India

The CII is the central pillar of the Indian Green Building Council or IGBC and plays a major role in the promotion of green building in the Indian construction sector. The IGBC has licensed the LEED Green Building Standard from the U.S. Green Building Council and currently is responsible for certifying LEED-New Construction and LEED-Core and Shell buildings in India. All other projects are certified through the U.S. Green Building Council. There are many energy efficient buildings in India, situated in a variety of climatic zones.

Israel

Israel has recently implemented a voluntary standard for “Buildings with Reduced Environmental Impact” 5281, based on a point rating system (55= certified 75=excellence) and is coupled with complementary standards 5282-1 5282-2 for energy analysis and 1738 for sustainable products provides a system for evaluating environmental sustainability of buildings. Recently at the Intel Development Center in Haifa the United States Green Building Council LEED rating system had been implemented. Many other buildings have successfully implemented this standard and an industry wide movement is in place to introduce an Israeli version of LEED in the very near future.

Malaysia

The Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia (SIRIM) promotes green building techniques. Malaysian architect Ken Yeang is a prominent voice in the area of ecological design.

New Zealand

The New Zealand Green Building Council has been in formation since July 2005. After a few organizational changes and the appointment of Jane Henley as CEO a positive movement began. In July 2006 the first full board was appointed with 12 members reflecting wide industry involvement. The several major milestones were achieved in 2006/2007; becoming a member of the World GBC, the launch of the Green Star NZ — Office Design Tool, and welcoming our member companies.

US

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, which is the nationally and internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The Green Building Initiative is a non-profit network of building industry leaders working to mainstream building approaches that are environmentally progressive, but also practical and affordable for builders to implement. The GBI has developed a web-based rating tool called Green Globes, which is being upgraded in accordance with ANSI procedures. The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s EnergyStar program rates commercial buildings for energy efficiency and provides EnergyStar qualifications for new homes that meet its standards for energy efficient building design.

Washington became the first state in the United States to enact green building legislation, in 2005. Accordingly, all major public agency facilities with a floor area exceeding 5,000 square feet (465 m²), including state funded school buildings, are required to meet or exceed LEED standards in construction or renovation. The projected benefits from this law are 20% annual savings in energy and water costs, 38% reduction in waste water production and 22% reduction in construction waste.

Charlottesville, Virginia became one of the first small towns in the United States to enact green building legislation. This presents a significant shift in construction and architecture as LEED regulations have formerly been focused on commercial construction.

UK

The Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB) has promoted sustainable building in the UK since 1989. The UK Building Regulations set requirements for insulation levels and other aspects of sustainability in building construction. Copied from Architectural Evangelist.

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BIM: Bringing a “sea change to the industry’s workflow”

BIM: Bringing a “sea change to the industry’s workflow”

BIM or Building Information Modeling is bringing about new methodologies and possibilities for all the industry players, from designers and contractors through to citizens, end users, communities and public authorities.

Following an EU directive in 2014 recommending the use of electronic tools such as building information electronic modelling for public works contracts and design contests, BIM will be rolled out in the UK in 2016 and Germany in 2018. The Netherlands, Finland, Denmark and Norway have already adopted it, whilst in France, the Housing Minister recently announced that it will be mandatory for public procurement as from 2017.

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BIM or building 2.0, from design to demolition

“Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an integrated process for exploring a project’s key physical and functional characteristics digitally before it’s built, helping to deliver projects faster and more economically, while minimizing environmental impact,” explains Paul Sullivan*, Senior Public Relations Manager at Autodesk, the company that conceptualised and developed BIM. He goes on: “Coordinated, consistent information is used throughout the process to design innovative projects, better visualize and simulate real-world appearance, performance and cost, and create more accurate documentation.” All the team members input data throughout the project, facilitating communication and project delivery.

A simpler definition is provided by the National Institute of Building Sciences, quoted on WSP*: “A digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility… and a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition.”

BIM: the entire life cycle of the building and all the players

But BIM isn’t confined to the design and coordination phase: it covers the entire building life cycle and ecosystem, including urban infrastructures, equipment and services. As such, BIM involves everyone from architects and contractors to suppliers of products, technologies and services, citizens and end users, communities and public authorities.

This week in Paris, a dedicated expo called BIM World* is being organised for the very first time (25th and 26th March) and attended by players from across the building industry.

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BIM: bringing building into the age of data and digital

A description of the challenges and potential of BIM on the website of this new BIM event highlights the vital importance of data: “Technologies such as 3D, augmented or virtual reality, GIS, Big Data, Open Data, Cloud storage and smart grids are now interfaced with digital models of buildings and infrastructure, opening up new possibilities in innovation and service.” And all this data is designed to make cost savings throughout the lifecycle of the building: design, construction, maintenance and use through to demolition.

New skills and jobs

Recruitment consultants recommend that professionals across the industry update their skills and IT tools in order to incorporate the new working methods and tools associated with BIM. A number of universities currently offer MSc courses in Building Information Modeling, and BIM Manager is increasingly featuring on job sites.

According to recruitment firm Hays, the typical BIM Manager has a background in engineering or architecture who’s at home with IT tools and had a sound understanding of virtual building and documentation systems. A BIM Manager reports to and works closely with the Technical Project Manager, overseeing the BIM project, which involves holding coordination meetings and drafting reports on interferences between the different copies of the model.

*Reference articles/further reading

The daily life of building information modeling (Buildipedia)

BIM World

What is BIM? (WPS Group)

How to hire a great BIM manager (Cadalyst).

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Fighting the Wind – How We Contribute to Natural Disasters

Fighting the Wind – How We Contribute to Natural Disasters

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We build our houses as boxes, primarily rectangular boxes of varying sizes and shapes. But boxes have lousy geometry when it comes to shedding wind forces. Why aren’t we building residential construction that is more aerodynamic?

We build our houses as boxes, primarily rectangular boxes of varying sizes and shapes. But boxes have lousy geometry when it comes to shedding wind forces. Here is a new concept to fight against the force of wind – Aerodynamic Architecture!

This past year we have seen the destructive power of wind particularly from tornadoes in, for example, Joplin, Missouri and Tuscaloosa Alabama. We also had hurricane Irene that impacted long stretches of the East Coast. In the aftermath of the tornadoes there was the usual call for stronger building standards to make residential construction safer to minimize damage and loss of life. We have heard such calls before, such as when strong hurricanes have wreaked havoc in Florida and neighboring states. And there have been improvements over the years in building standards even if they have been more modest than needed.

But there is something missing from this discussion; a question we are not asking. Why aren’t we building residential construction that is more aerodynamic? Yes, aerodynamic like we have been doing with our automobiles. We have been making our cars more aerodynamic for a long time, primarily to improve fuel mileage. Compare the Ford Model T to today’s Ford Focus. They are significantly different in shape and ability to shed wind.

Our houses are not unlike the Model T. We build them as boxes, primarily rectangular boxes of varying sizes and shapes. But boxes have lousy geometry when it comes to shedding wind forces. They expose lots of surface area and flat walls can catch the full force of wind causing damage and destruction. And they often have long roof overhangs, section add-ons and wind catching ornamentation. A streamlined home presents lower wind resistance or better “coefficient of drag”, to borrow a term usually applied to automobiles.

And that is a good thing when it comes to hurricanes and tornadoes. But it is not the only benefit. Better geometry can also lower surface area to volume enclosed, reducing energy for heating and cooling. And by reducing or eliminating sharp corners, which concentrate forces, there is potential to reduce seismic loads on our buildings in earthquake country.

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But what geometric shape or shapes should we be using for our homes to make them more aerodynamic, recognizing that most people aren’t going to live in geodesic domes. We can take some cues from nature, which doesn’t build boxes, but does have to deal with wind and other forces. Whether it’s the honeybee, who builds with hexagons, the nautilus that uses circular spirals or birds that construct hemispherical abodes, there are many forms that could be adapted to residential construction, some are fairly tame and others more radical. These many different shapes offer the potential for safer and more environmentally benign homes potentially fostering a creative new aesthetic. That could move us beyond the conventional “plywood nostalgia box” we are so emotionally attached to and seem reluctant to give up.

Our preferences in home design are not innate; they are learned. And there is precedent for shifting to different aesthetics from what we grew up with. We see that in our clothes, in furniture and in our beloved cars, just to cite a few examples. But we have to recognize that there is a need to shift before we can create the opportunity to do it. We may have to take a lesson from the energy crisis of several decades ago when we began the march to more fuel-efficient cars. It doesn’t have to come from a government mandate. But more aerodynamic houses should be in our future. Better energy efficiency, safer homes, less earthquake risk are some of the reasons to change. We just need to think outside the box.  Copied into Architectural Evangelist.

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The Revit Catacomb

The Revit Catacomb

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or the incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable” – William Pollard

This entry is based on a mobile android game called SoulCraft, developed by MobileBits. As I was playing the game, I entered the Egyptian tomb level and I thought: It might be a fun exercise to recreate this Egyptian tomb in Revit.

Below are two screenshots of the level’s environment, using my cellphone’s screenshot function:

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Based on the latter images, a mock catacomb was created with the following rendered result:
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The burial niches were created as Generic Model  families, with the Family Category changed to Window when it was complete. Due to the category change, it was possible to add an opening cut to the niches. A recessed light source was also placed above the niches for illuminating the opening, and respective sarcophagi. I was able to etch the Egyptian symbols into the tapered column by sketching it out using voids.
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Splitting the floor face enabled me to apply two materials to each segment to indicate the different floor finishes. The trim around the wall niches were created using an in-place sweep.
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Enabling the Light Sources in a realistic view, provided a good indication of how the light distribution would look in the rendering.
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See? It’s not necessary to only Revit during working hours. Have fun!

Get Walking to be a Modern Urban

Get Walking to be a Modern Urban

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In the recent times, there has been a cumulative feeling that people are increasingly getting isolated. In more ways than one, the factor responsible for this has been accounted to the way we live, or more precisely the structures that we live in.

In the recent times, which we would call the ‘modern age’, there has been a cumulative feeling that people are increasingly getting isolated. There has been a marked alienation within the social fabric and people live like ‘islands’. In more ways than one, the factor responsible for this has been accounted to the way we live, or more precisely the structures that we live in.

Buildings have a deep psycho-social impact on human behavior. Increasing stress among educated professionals, failure in relationships (high divorce rates for instance), unrest among teenagers (high schools shootings being a case in point), are all accounted to the simple fact that our entire life is spent within walled confines, leaving little room for healthy inter-personal bonding. It doesn’t foster in us a sense of accommodating others in our space. Instead, it breeds segregation within our community.

Modern architects are, therefore, fiercely propagating the idea of having walk-able townships, where every place and thing would be accessible on foot. This movement has come to be known as New Urbanism. Under this model, the practice of getting out of home and reaching for an automobile, in most cases a car, to reach businesses and other buildings would be obliterated. People would just stroll down the roads, thus, facilitating greater social interaction, understanding and human bonding. Simultaneously, it would go a long way in reducing our destabilizing impact on the environment.

Modern day designers hold that tract style residences with sprawling sub-urban neighborhoods catalyze social isolation, leading to failure of communication within the community. So, New Urbanism landscape architects push for well-knit neighborhoods that lay less emphasis on roads and instead, build more facilities for pedestrians and other social interaction spaces. Suburbia is considered to put an end to authentic civic life.

Walkability is regarded the cornerstone to an efficient surface transportation for an urban area. Every trip involves commuting on foot, where you come in close communion with other people. Besides, it’s the cheapest, healthiest and most affordable mode of transport any community can design. Thus, the community also secures its future by making a sustainable use of resources. Crime and anti-social problems too will diminish significantly due to healthy and happy lives of the citizens.

It has been noticed that when affluent Americans cordon themselves away from the community through enclosed neighborhoods, it leads to misunderstanding, fear, and stereotyping within the society. Therefore, as proud modernists, we should ideally have open cities, where people of all incomes, races and backgrounds would steer through their lives in mutual harmony.

By laying the principles of New Urbanism to practice, people will educate themselves to value others in greater esteem and social networks would healthily expand. It would be a fashion to walk to the destination and ditch the car in the garage. Reference Architectural Evangelist.

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BIM 3D Renderings to Construction and Marketing

BIM 3D Renderings to Construction and Marketing

BIM 3D Renderings to Construction and Marketing

At HingePoint, a Dallas BIM consulting firm, some of us have been working on BIM (Building Information Modeling) or 3D design and construction models even before desktop computers existed. Do you ever wonder if people even know what BIM is? When I try to explain what I do for a living to my kids, “we make 3D modeling systems for hotel and restaurant chains, so they can see their building designs like a video game before they are ever built,” they don’t understand. If you are like my kids and aren’t so sure exactly what BIM is either, you are not alone.  I’ve finally found an example from Legacy Towers building being built in 2014 at the Shops of Legacy in Plano Texas that explains it perfectly. In fact, it was as easy as a drive around Dallas when my kids finally understood what HingePoint does for our clients.

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In this example, we see some best practice uses of BIM for:

1. Conceptual Design – 3D architecture photo realistic renderings of the building that show exactly what it will look like when finished.

2. Design Documentation – Creating 2D and 3D documents for construction documentation, permitting, and installation so that everyone is on the same page throughout the entire construction project.

3. Site Planning and Community Outreach – Showing the community what the building will look like in the context of it’s surroundings. This group did an exception job of showing the building within it’s urban surroundings, and I bet the community was trilled the building blended in so well.

4. Marketing for Commercial Real Estate – The 3D renderings are so beautiful they can be use for marketing the commercial leases available and advertise for the companies involved. This particular site was successful using job site signage making it clear to everyone exactly what was being built.

As I drove by, I explained to my kids what I did at work.  “Hey kids, see that picture of the building? How do they have a picture of the building if it isn’t even built yet?” I asked. They had no idea. I explained that by using BIM  tools, the architects and engineers can design the building and create realistic photos that are similar to or even better than a really great video game or virtual reality.  They were starting to get it.  Then I had to explain “our firm HingePoint helps clients develop BIM systems and integrates them into their business to get these amazing 3D video game-like models to create those photos of the building before it is built.” They seemed to understand, but were not impressed yet.

Then I wondered why they didn’t realize that BIM is so amazing.  Maybe because they’re not systems engineers or civil engineers like the teams at HingePoint. But, then I realized, maybe they think everyone has BIM tools like everyone has video games.  I then said “do you know how most construction firms still build? They use paper print outs like “blue prints” and mail drawing plans around in tubes, and flip through 100’s of pages on huge tables, and nobody has any idea what the building will turn out like except the architect and interior designer, who envisioned the design. Now they were in disbelief, that real companies still used paper to design buildings. In this digital age, it’s no surprise how children take for granted the accessibility of technology, or assume that people (especially AEC firms) use technology as opposed to traditional (ie: paper) methods.  I then explained that HingePoint helps clients find easier ways to convert from paper to digital, from 2D to 3D, and from drawings to photo realistic renderings. Even though BIM seems really complicated, expensive, and difficult to envision to many, that achieving a more efficient digital workflow is much easier to achieve in this day of powerful computers, cloud computing, mobile devices, and great BIM platforms available from Autodesk and other helpful apps.

If you’ve ever had difficulty explaining what BIM is to anyone, we hope this article will help you convey the technology in a more digestible format. In fact, be sure to TXT this article to your kids to explain to them what you do at work! Credits – we want to give credit where it is due. While PhoenixEOS is in not affiliated with this project, we admire the best practices of the team: CBRE Trammell Crow Company Principal Real Estate Investors.

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Revit Devil’s Fork Fencing

Revit Devil’s Fork Fencing

TIA – This Is Africa: A quote I believe made infamous by the blockbuster Blood Diamond. This entry will focus on another unfortunate TIA necessity here in South Africa: Security. Most residential developments are now taking place in Security Complex’s, as it provides some kind of (false, in my opinion) confidence that the chance of crime occurring at your premises are less likely.

None the less, let’s turn a negative into a positive. Why not model the typical middle-class South African security barrier – Devil’s Fork Fencing, in Revit? Following the layout of a previous blog post: Parametric Revit Scaffolding, the first image will focus on the different component types a Devil’s Fork fence segment is typically made of.

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Assembled, complete with bars, braces, bolts and washers, the fence actually doesn’t look too bad.

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One thing to note however, is that I modeled the Razor Wire a bit thicker than what it would be in reality, for rendering purposes.

revit fencingThe end result can look similar (or even better) than the image below:

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As a sidenote: I still cannot understand why Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t win an Oscar for his performance. Brilliant film!