Autorouting in Ships Using Computational BIM

The SPAR3D Conference next week brings together a diverse group of 3D technologists. In preparation for that event, we wanted to demonstrate an example of autorouting and automodeling that tests geometric complexity and congestion. Here's what we came up with.

If you look at the top of the page, you'll find an image of a tug boat engine room. Within that image, you'll see a large diameter conduit that we've automodeled using GenMEP, our autorouting add-on to Autodesk Revit. The point cloud of this ship was imported into Revit but the complexity of the ship and engine room were not modeled. Using GenMEP, we identified a start point and an end point within the cloud and the conduit was automodeled without clashes.

This is transformative and disruptive. Some key points:

  • The point cloud was not converted into a mesh or modeled geometry.
  • Clash detection in Navisworks was not used and was not necessary.
  • GenMEP, a BIM tool, routed within the complicated geometries and congestion of a structure more complex than a typical building.

We're preparing a video that we'll post to YouTube demonstrating more routes and the workflow. Check out our past videos (point-to-point routing, batch routing, point cloud routing) for other demonstrations of our work and imagine how computational BIM, generative design, and advanced automation could revolutionize your BIM workflows.

See you at SPAR3d next week.

(Special thanks to Szymon Bloch from Scan 3D of Gdynia, Poland for letting us use his point cloud example.)

Tags: BIM Generative Design MEPS

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