there is a missing link in the digital chain between the construction idea and its fabrication, which was – and still is – inhibiting an efficient digital process.
our business model is mainly based on our enthusiasm for great buildings and a large portion of laziness
In non-standard, complex-geometry, pre-fabrication projects many questions need to be asked (and answered) at an earlier planning stage.
Design-to-Production provided a full digital-planning, 3D-models and fabrication data.
is about the smart setup of a project workflow.
impossible without digital pre-fabrication
Therefore, the fabricator needed a precise digital fabrication model, and at 1,800 bespoke components it was also rather obvious that nobody wanted to model them by hand. So, a parametric model was created, that generated all the intricate details automatically
we use one of the cheapest 3D modelling programs available on the market (Rhino from McNeel), and we exploit it by extending its abilities with our own tools and plugins we program, often project-specific.
large scale parametric digital 3D models
We are plugging into the other project partners’ workflows and provide digital information in a way they can use without additional effort
Since the timeline for Concept design phase is generally short, designers tend to use tools that are better suited to design exploration than design interrogation. It also makes sense, in Concept design phase, to keep the model ‘nimble’ since designers may not yet have the ‘information’ part of BIM
BIM models are by their very nature large complex datasets. As a result, allowing users to parametrically explore such models may severely reduce the latency and robustness of the system
Therefore, it is better for designers to create a federated BIM model using Computational BIM workflows rather than struggle with the limitations of any one BIM system
categorized Computational BIM workflows as either Tightly Coupled (Fully compatible) or Loosely Coupled (Fully interoperable)