INNOVATION IN BUILDING
34 Barnton Avenue West
No. 34 Barnton Avenue West in West Edinburgh, Scotland, is a nine-apartment
luxury development with a contemporary layout and design. No two apartments
are identical, but each overlooks private outdoor space, stepping back in a
series of terraces above underground parking. The developer’s specifications
were highly detailed and included a request for 3D modeling.
This £ 4. 2 million project was the first use of building information modeling
software for Yeoman McAllister. With support from Bentley’s Professional
Services, the firm produced multiple design iterations to fulfill the aesthetic and
budgetary requirements while applying luxury materials and finishes. Once the
model was complete, more than 75 percent of the standard production data
could be produced immediately.
Donaldsons College is building two residence halls to complement the existing
campus building that is undergoing refurbishment and conversion. Yeoman
McAllister undertook several design iterations to meet both aesthetic and
budgetary requirements for the £ 89 million project in Edinburgh, Scotland. The
complex building shape consists of two symmetrical blocks, each organized
around multiple radial grids and containing multiple repetitive sections.
Creating the faceted radial roof layout in traditional 2D would have been
difficult. Using Bentley Architecture and other MicroStation-based tools for
building information modeling enabled the architect to model the design,
present 3D visualizations for client review, and add cost and specification
detail to illustrate the impact of changes on budget. The 3D PDFs facilitated
communication with all project participants through construction.