Pipework BIM and VR workshop

  • Principles of object orientated 3D BIM and the use of VR (Virtual Reality) for the modelling of building services pipework systems


    The UK's strategy for construction aimed for 15%–20% cost savings, with many intending to achieve this through implementation of BIM (Building Information Modelling).

    Apart from the cost savings that more efficient design procedures can achieve, BIM enables the possibility for continuous analysis and utilization of descriptive information regarding a building's performance both during design and operation.

    For engineers of building services pipework systems, or for those responsible for the operation and maintenance of such systems, BIM provides the means by which relevant information, describing a building and its pipework, can be accessed and given context.

    Therefore, it is vital that pipework systems, where BIM is used, are modelled correctly in the first instance.

    Objective of the workshop

    This workshop will examine the principles and skills for using object-orientated 3D BIM and the modelling of typical building services pipework systems, and examine how VR (Virtual Reality) promotes new and innovative ways of interacting with BIM models.

    Learning outcomes

    Attendees will learn how to find and use vendor or manufacturer-based component families for pipework systems, edit or customize families and generate necessary documentation, and see how VR can be used as an interactive training tool.

    Key areas covered

    • BIM for building services pipework systems.
    • Pipework definition issues and common mistakes.
    • Levels of definitions.
    • VR (Virtual Reality) for BIM and pipework training.

    Workshop details

    45 minute presentation provided by Loughborough University.
    15 minutes Q&A session.
    30 minute hands on introduction to VR training demonstrator.

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