UTS 2016 | Advanced BIM

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The ‘Architectural Communication: Building Information Modelling’ (UTS | Summer | 2016) course introduced students to computational design within a BIM environment. Run as an elective over 3 weekends (6-days, 36hrs), the course covered basic and advanced modelling techniques using Autodesk Revit 2015. A key focus of the course was Dynamo, Revit’s visual programming language, and its ability to embed associative logic into a BIM model.

Studio synopsis

Students were asked to form teams of three and research stadia design in order to identify a series of rule-based constraints, including:

  • Pitch size;
  • Seating capacity;
  • C-values; and
  • Seating bowl geometry.

Next, teams were required to model a sectional portion of a stadium. Students had the option to either using an existing stadium or their own custom design. The workflow methodology was heavily emphasised and students were encouraged to use Dynamo where possible and then to document how this brought intelligence to their project.

In addition to a standard drawing sets as the main deliverable, special emphasis was placed on advanced representation techniques of both geometry and data. To represent geometry, students were encouraged to produce 3D sectional views, exploded axonometrics and renders. In order to visualise data, students were asked to produce a series of schedules and coloured plans. These views highlighted various parameters in the BIM database. For example, quality of views, distance from pitch, value of seat, etc. Through the generation of these specialised workflows, students gained an understanding of rule-based design, data management, analysis and optimisation.


Yoyogi National Stadium by Kenzo Tange – Jordon Mathers & James McRae
BIM_Team 14_Brasilia2_1600x950
BIM_Team 14_Brasilia1_1600x500
BIM_Team 14_Brasilia3_1600x550
Brasilia Athletics Stadium, BF Architecture – Stewart Cowan, Connar Blampied & Emerson Reece
London Olympic Stadium, Populus – Jonathan Capparelli, Michelle Beck & Beatrice Ong
BIM_Team 03_Olympiyskiy1_1600x600
Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex Kiev, Hrechyna & Pilvinsky – Shokoufeh Rajaian & Faraneh Jabalameli
F:BIMDynamo ScriptsAssignment 2 Scripts11316_BIM_Stadium_Ass
Brasilia National Stadium, Ícaro de Castro Mello – Stephanie Ferguson & Yang Xuan
BIM_Team 06_Custom1_1600x725
Custom Stadium – Eddie Ma, Bonnie Zhou & Linseen Lee
BIM_Team 15_Kaohsiung2_1600x950
BIM_Team 15_Kaohsiung1_1600x800
Kaohsiung National Stadium, Toyo Ito – Salar Ahvazi & Anas Albasyuni
BIM_Team 12_Munich1_1600x1000
Munich Olympic Stadium, Günther Behnisch & Frei Otto – Team 10

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