Going Beyond BIM with 3D

October 17, 2013
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time


Using a sophisticated three-dimensional (3D) visualization program that incorporates building information modeling (BIM) project data, a design team can illustrate, in very realistic details, a facility's design elements to end users, operators, and clients. The 3D program will enable viewers to "see" and walk through the completed laboratory as it is intended to be built. Colors, patterns, relationships, heights, and equipment placement are all "seen" by the client as they walk through their labs. Designers can utilize the extreme detail of the designed spaces to communicate to researchers the final product. End users can visualize occupancy before construction. Zach Goepel of WorldViz, LLC introduces this concept and explains how 3D visualization allows for the design team, owner, or facilities department to capture any changes prior to construction. Imagine holographic laboratory design using a headset to allow end users and owners to walk through their newly completed laboratories prior to construction. Mock ups are easily illustrated in real-life projections rather than having to wait until construction begins.

By viewing this webinar, participants learn how to:

  • Communicate a final design prior to any construction activity. This includes identifying design impacts with client guidance, environmental health and safety input, and pre-construction conditional sign off by all parties.
  • Demonstrate and identify potential issues with use of sustainable products before they are chosen by client. Attendees will be able to identify costs associated with sustainable design ideas that can affect the project budget.
  • Illustrate adjacent research lab relationships in near-realistic working conditions. Attendees will have the ability to prove efficiencies and clearly communicate design impact to end users.
  • Identify cost savings that would have required change orders since design details are captured in Construction Documents rather than after the plans become "dimensional"(i.e. walls framed in) to the end users. Intended design is not left to team member imagination or interpretation.

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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Attendees of this course and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL if you would like to receive a professional development credit for viewing the webinar.

Instructor Biographies

Zach Goepel is the Director of the AEC division within WorldViz, an industry leading virtual reality solutions provider. He is based in Santa Barbara, California, and has global responsibility for business development and exposure of the company's AEC application: Architecture Interactive. He and his team have brought an immersive, 3D design solution to market in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries that stands to revolutionize the design process. He works with companies such as Turner Construction, DPR Construction, HKS Architects, NBBJ, and other to provide cutting-edge technology and services to meet the needs of large projects and high end clientele.


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