Advanced BIM

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.

Students were asked to form teams of three and research stadia design in order to identify a series of rule based constrains, 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 additional to a standard drawing sets as the main deliverable, special emphasis was placed on advanced representation techniques of both geometry and data. In order 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 which 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

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Brasilia Athletics Stadium, BF Architecture – Stewart Cowan, Connar Blampied & Emerson Reece

London Olympic Stadium, Populus – Jonathan Capparelli, Michelle Beck & Beatrice Ong

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Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex Kiev, Hrechyna & Pilvinsky – Shokoufeh Rajaian & Faraneh Jabalameli

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Brasilia National Stadium, Ícaro de Castro Mello – Stephanie Ferguson & Yang Xuan

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Custom Stadium – Eddie Ma, Bonnie Zhou & Linseen Lee

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Kaohsiung National Stadium, Toyo Ito – Salar Ahvazi & Anas Albasyuni

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Munich Olympic Stadium, Günther Behnisch & Frei Otto – Team 10