It is a requirement in Singapore to produce and submit color coded floor plans with tabulation of walls that shows legends, buildability types (BType), lengths, labor saving index (LSIndex) and buildability score (BScore). As we are doing it in BIM we can add part 3D models showing the floor as well. As part of ARCHICAD’s OPEN BIM approach the team have developed a very good inter-operable solution with Excel. Let us see how to do this with ARCHICAD + Excel.
A quick way of inserting the representation of the terrain to our model is using the point cloud import feature of ARCHICAD. Point clouds are more and more popular since they can give the most detailed surveying results, however at the same time need some touch up for architectural BIM use. They are only used as references to model the terrain meshes which – compared to the point cloud – will:
- be native ARCHICAD elements with significantly smaller size
- no longer contain excessive number of points that might slow down navigation
- have solid bodies for proper representation in all viewpoints
- be used for quantity takeoffs and visualization purposes.