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Posted: September 26, 2010 in Assignment 2
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(Building Information Modeling)

Due Date: September 27, 2010

Maximum Point: 100/100

The intent is to give you a taste of working with a BIM tool AutoDesk’s Revit (you may use Bentley System’s equivalent as an option if you choose, but I cannot help much).

* You’ll create a sample building taking advantage of a few of the BIM capabilities of the software.
* For newcomers we’ll give step-by-step instructions, but experienced users there’s an option.
* The end-product will be a single drawing incorporating multiple “views” of your project
* You’ll write some conclusions and present your project in class.


My House

Posted: September 26, 2010 in Assignment 2

I had learned Revit a year ago for my ARCH-192 course at Drexel University. At the time I used Revit 2009, which had the old interface. For this assignment the challenge and the primary goal was equating myself with the interface and new features of Revit 2011.

For this assignment I chose to draw up my own home, since I have been intending to do so for some time and did not get an opportunity. Revit is an incredible tool to use for a 3D modeling. Since I was leaning this software for both my classes and work, I was able to come up with advantages as well as disadvantages of the software. The greatest advantage of Revit is the 3D modeling and rendering capabilities. It has real intelligent data libraries built in, which are fairly customizable. AutoCAD consumes too much memory when dealing with 3D views and the renderings are poor. Moreover, materials assignment in AutoCAD is rather complicated. Such issues have been addressed and resolved in Revit. Another reason Revit is popular for large scale projects is for the 3D coordination purposes of the internal building systems (HVAC, plumbing, and electrical).

The drawback is, that the HVAC and plumbing are well addressed, but electrical aspect of Revit MEP is neglected as it is with majority of Autodesk products. In producing the 3D coordination drawings for the contractors, electrical contractors have to use the plumbing tool, and redefine them to be suitable for their purposes. From the architectural standpoint, as mentioned earlier, Revit is great for the conceptual design and rendering, but it is extremely complicated and time consuming to be used as a construction document tool.

With this project I had an actual building to be duplicated and was forced to make the software suit my needs rather than making my design suit the software capabilities and my knowledge of it. It brightened my horizon in Revit’s controls and object editing capabilities. For example I had learned how to edit wall profiles of individual wall to create bent shapes. I was also able to reacquaint myself with the new interface and found it to be much more convenient and easier to master that the 2009 interface.

Below are the PDF files of the project sheet files:

– 1st and 2nd Floors
– Exterior Elevations
– Perspective Views
– Rendering