The development of a BIM based building measurement learning tool

Rick Best

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The paper discusses the development of an integrated tool for teaching and learning building measurement. A 3D CAD IFC-compliant building information model of a small two-storey residential building was created complete with electrical and hydraulic services and all specification information using Archicad. A complete bill of quantities was measured from the BIMusing Buildsoft, and exported to Microsoft Office. The exported dimensions and quantities were used to produce a fully annotated version of the BQ. The outcome is a package comprising a CD-ROM and a conventional book. The CD containing the BIM, the Buildsoft files, a 3D model viewer and a complete set of drawings extracted from the model and saved in PDF format. The book contains a complete BQ in conventional format plus aversion of the BQ with each item shown with its take-off and some notes explaining the measurement process and the relevant clauses from the Australian Method of Measurement.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian Universities Building Education Association Annual Conference - Unitec Mt Albert, New Zealand
Duration: 30 Sept 20083 Oct 2008
Conference number: 37


ConferenceAustralian Universities Building Education Association Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleAUBEA 2008
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityUnitec Mt Albert


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