Measured Building Survey to highly detailed 3D model
3D Modelling Project Pippa_bir
3D Modelling of Heritage Property
Commissioned by the owner of a historic building, Benchmarq was commissioned to create a 3D model of Heritage property.
Hearing about the benefits of BIM and 3D modelling, our client wanted to use the model for:
Enhancement of the visitor experience
The provision of a platform for asset management of the property and grounds
A more coordinated approach to the design of new facilities at the property, such as upgraded car parking and drainage, and installation of access facilities
How We Helped
Having commissioned various dimensional and condition surveys in recent years, data was readily available to enable our client to begin their BIM journey.
Using CAD drawings from a recent measured building survey, augmented with intelligent imagery from a spherical photography survey, the Benchmarq team set about constructing a 3D digital model using Autodesk Revit.
In common with most other BIM software, Revit is primarily a tool for creating new designs rather than recording ‘as-built’ data.
With Heritage properties, this becomes more evident with walls, floors and ceilings that are usually neither level nor straight. Features such as handcrafted stone window frames present even greater challenges due to their complex shapes and creation by different craftsmen over the history of the building.
Inevitably, compromises are required to develop a coherent 3D model of such a building. This became apparent when looking in detail at the CAD drawings from which the 3D model was constructed, when inconsistencies and anomalies in the 2D linework needed to be rationalised.
The Final Result
Our in-house 3D modeller and Revit expert created a highly detailed 3D model, using a library of historically accurate textures and patterns to develop the comprehensive hand-crafted window frames and brickwork.
After the 3D model was completed, our client was able to readily view, interrogate and manipulate the 3D model via Autodesk’s A360 app, which can also be used by visitors for an immersive experience.
The Estates team were supplied with the 3D model to start attributing with data specific to the condition of the property, the goal being to create a centralised asset management and maintenance scheduling system.
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