Part 1 : Volumestudy with Area Calculation
The first part of our tool is to help with the calculation and design at the same time. We know that most architects spend 50% of their time in the first phase to calculate and control their design with numbers.
The first video is made in Revit with the powerful tool of Rhino Inside Revit. The second video’s output is ArchiCAD, thanks to the ArchiCAD + Grasshopper Live Connection.
This tool helps to process the information (from client, government, etc) as an external file (txt, excel, etc) with the desired functions, areas and square meters. After the division of the areas and the required SQM in grasshopper we can create our hatches in Archicad (we created hatches, because this is one of the simplest and most visual tools in ArchiCAD in 2D, but it can be lines, etc..).
So, depending on our form and shape size the SQM indicates the number of floors. (we can also limit the height, depending on the regulation). We connect this information with ZONE Elements in ArchiCAD in real time and we have our first volume studies in LOD100. For visualisation we used different colours for different areas.
If the regulation or the wish of our client is changing, or we are not satisfied with our building shapes, the bilateral connection is allowing us to have the changes in real time and maximize the potential of our design and export all square meters, cubic meters directly to excel directly to share with our client : ) You can go deeper and create more details and materialisation, it will depend on you and your amazing tools, that you create!
Part 2 : Volumestudy + Area Calculation + Cost Estimation
The power of these tools are, that we can create our own design, our own norms, restrictions and possibilities. In the following example we can see how we connected the LOD200 BIM Elements with cost, creating a cost estimation real time!
Are you interested and you wanna learn how to do it? Or you need it in your office to use it?
Learn step by step with PAZ Academy how to create your own tools in your BIM environment :