Architecture + Technology | MSc. BIM, BSc. Arch. Tech. (Hons)



Moving from Planning to Tender Stage Drawings with Revit

Moving from Planning to Tender Stage Drawings with Revit

So you’ve submitted your planning drawings and received your permission from the local council. The drawings were modelled in Revit…

Architects – Manage Your Entire Projects With BIM360 – Design, Detail & Construction Stages

Category : Architecture, BIM 360
Architects – Manage Your Entire Projects With BIM360 – Design, Detail & Construction Stages

This blog post breaks down the primary modules in the Next-Gen BIM360, relevant to how an Architect could utilise each feature….

Revit – Graphic Display Options

Revit – Graphic Display Options

For the Concept Stage of an Architectural project, drawing presentation is a key feature. One of the most powerful tools for…

CSO Statistics – Planning Permission Granted for Home Extensions 2009 – 2018

Category : Architecture

I was recently curious regarding architectural statistics globally, it further led me to research Ireland’s numbers in this area also. I find the recession most interesting, demonstrating there was significant activity within the sector considering the economic conditions. The below table I compiled from CSO figures at the reference link below for Total no. of Granted Home Extensions in Ireland from 2009 – 2018.

Source – https://www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/er/pp/planningpermissionsquarter32018/

*2018 Q4 Figures were unavailable so an average was calculated based on previous Quarters.

To further apply financial revenue in terms of Design Fee’s for Design & Planning Stage. I compiled the below table, being as conservative as possible to what the average fee may have been. I have created scenarios assuming either €1500, 1200 or 1000, in my opinion, are on the conservative side.

The above would indicate that in 2013, at the lowest point we still had 5,695 home extensions granted. Even taking €750, as the average design fee would have generated €4.2 Million in the economy for SME Architectural/Design firms just for home extensions.

In addition, the total number of one-off homes granted (doesn’t include multi-housing development) is around 50% of the home extension’s granted figure. All of the above € figures are my own opinion and I welcome your contribution or contradiction.

In summary, Micro & SME firms contribute significantly to the architectural industry in Ireland.

The Digitisation of Architecture as a Business

Category : Architecture, BIM, Technology
The Digitisation of Architecture as a Business

  The transition from drawing board to computer was a leap into progress. However, the act of drawing, erasing &…

BIM360 Design – Adding Teams

Once you have created your project within BIM 360 Design, adding teams will automatically generate the folders within Project Files for the named team.

ABC Architects or 123 Engineers are separate companies, however, you can set them up as teams for the purpose of folder creation within BIM360 design. Teams can also include individual people or roles, with varying access rights to their folders.

BIM 360 Design – Consumed Folder

I have come across some confusion regarding the Consumed folder with BIM360 Design. The Consumed folder within BIM360 Design is a temporary holding area for linking in 3rd party models. For example, an Architect will have a Consumed folder and the Structural Engineer will have their own separate Consumed folder. If the Architect is linking in the Engineers model through BIM360 design, they should first copy the latest Engineers model into the Architects Consumed folder. Within Revit, using the Insert Tab > Link Revit > External Reference/BIM360 > Architects > Consumed, and the model should be linked in from there.

The purpose of this workflow is to avoid linking into the live shared model of other consultants, as this will cause any changes in their model to go unidentified or automatically accepted. This allows you to manage the version of another consultant’s model that you are using for reference.

Revit – Section Box

Category : Architecture, Revit
Revit – Section Box

A simple but effective tool within Revit is the Section Box in a 3D View. Open a 3D View. Select…

Revit – Multi Category Tag

Category : Architecture, Revit

The power of Revit to create coordinated drawings with 3d models doesn’t stop there! As architects, technologists, designers, engineers we have all had to notate drawings, revise the notations and sometimes miss a note to update. With multi-category tags, this is all solved. Take a wall finish for a planning drawing as an example.

This workflow will pull in the information entered with Type Properties of the wall under Description (see above).

Open an elevation or preferred view that you wish to tag. Select the Multi-Category Tag as above.

Select Load Tags to choose “Type Description”

Once your tag is loaded, hover the tag over your wall and you will see the “Description” appear.

Drag the note as you want it to appear in clear space or so that it is readable. This same process can be applied to any view type, including 3D views (must be a locked orientation). As you can see in the example below the same tag works on window “Type Description”

And the best thing, if the note updates in your type properties, then so will every other note. Enter the information once and it is reused throughout your project, including schedules which I will cover in another post.

Copenhagen Architecture

Category : Architecture

As an Architectural Technologist, my role in architecture is to analyse and assess the technical reality of building designs, both before and after construction. On a recent visit to Copenhagen in Denmark, I was impressed by the modern architecture and its juxtaposition to the traditional buildings. Around 10 or so years ago, I became familiar with Danish modern architecture through Bjarke Ingels work.

Danish culture seems quite practical yet with appreciating enjoyment in life at the same time, similar to their philosophy of Hygge. This is evident in their architecture and a good example of this is Architect Bjarke Ingels of www.big.dk.

Image www.big.dk

His buildings break the rules of plain box architecture, yet it delivers functionality unimaginable to most people, myself included. His project The Mountain, is a ground breaking interpretation of apartment living yet residents enjoy stepped gardens with exceptional views. The undercroft space of the building, is used as a public car park instead of packing in endless apartments with lower quality living experience for residents. The car park generates turnover for the owner, while the apartments are of the highest quality in finish and design. Each unit has a garden space larger than a usual balcony with a hanging garden of greenery to ground the sky view and reduce overlooking.

The Mountain is so called because of it’s stacked nature that appears structured but feels quite organic in form when you are up close to the building. The undercroft car park is clad in perforated metal that at a relatively close distance and quite far distance forms a mountain range graphic. This adds to the intrigue and interest of this building as it sits in it’s suburban context served by a lengthy cycle path leading 5kms direct to the city center.

The Mountain is a refreshing reflection of Danish architecture that delivers high quality apartment living.