Students get to grips with 3D reality

A group of students from the University of Wolverhampton have recently developed a Prometheus-styled 3D computer model of one of the most historic buildings in Telford.

The students from the Architecture Department of the School of Architecture and Built Environment, FSE, have been working on the model as part of a Building Information Modelling (BIM) module.

The real-world project is in aid of helping the regeneration of the Anstice Memorial Hall situated in Madeley, Telford.

Students involved with the project completed the model after several visits to the site, with the work being a collaborative team effort based on the UK Government BIM Philosophy and subsequent standards.

Dr David Heesom, Reader in BIM at the University of Wolverhampton, said:

“The laser scan creates a highly accurate 3D ‘point cloud’ of the building made up of millions of individual measurements. From the laser scan data our students have used a Scan2BIM approach to build a very accurate 3D model of the building using BIM tools.”

Based on the computer model generated, students are now working on individual projects to create a redesign of the building. These will be showcased at the end of year architectural design exhibitions in May at the University’s Harrison Learning Centre, the Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the Anstice building itself.

From today, 4 April, all centrally procured public sector projects will require the implementation of BIM at Level 2.