Unintended consequences: Why a LOD400 model is not always desirable

Building Information Modelling (BIM) has brought about significant improvement to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. As this article will explore, however, is that the enforcement of specific BIM deliverables can be counterproductive and result in worse project outcomes. Specifically, the article unpacks the requirement of a fabrication-level model, known as ‘LOD400’. When challenging the fitness-for-purpose of BIM, some readers may be inclined to jump to the conclusion that if you are challenging BIM, you must be advocating CAD. This assumption is misguided. For those that know the work of Parametric… Read More

UTS Central: A case study in digital fabrication

This case study will present the UTS Central project as an exemplar of how an architect’s design intent can be maintained through the use of material-specific design solutions, parametric modelling and digital fabrication. The project is a striking 17-storey, glass-encased building which forms the final project of the University of Sydney’s (UTS) City Campus Master Plan. Parametrically derived via a set of rules, the sun shading system regulates solar access into the library’s reading room and is manufactured primarily from folded aluminium components. Each of 108 unique bays consists of a louvre, 64 of… Read More


The ROB|ARCH2016 conference brings together world-leading researchers at the forefront of new robotic technologies and applications. This year’s conference was held in the iconic, industrial Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay in Sydney from 15th –19th March. Hosted by The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning from The University of Sydney, and in partnership with RMIT, Monash University, Bond University, UNSW, and UTS, the event comprised of a 3-day workshop and a 2-day conference. As a major sponsor of the event, BVN contributed by fabricating the conference bags. These were custom printed using a KUKA… Read More

Code to Production

As part of the build-up to the RoblArch 2016 conference, BVN was invited to take part as industry representatives in a research elective at The University of Sydney (USYD) called ‘Code to Production’. Code to Production explored the potential of an iterative design process from parametric variations; to analysis and simulation; to digital prototyping and manufacturing. The course had a two-fold agenda: to examine the performance of complex geometries available through sophisticated computational design processes and to translate the optimised design by digital manufacturing into robotic experimentation and prototyping. Based upon the development of a series of controlled… Read More

Fabricating Futures

Last week I had the pleasure to attend the Fabricating Futures: Robots. Research. Design exhibition at the University of Sydney. The exhibition was run in conjunction with the Sydney Design 2015 festival and showcased research-led projects in architecture, design and fabrication including digitally fabricated models, interactive prototypes and robotic innovations created by students, staff and researchers within the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.