The congregants of a church located in an urban neighborhood in Pittsburgh,
Pa., faced the difficult decision of whether to relocate to a new, expanded
campus that would serve the growing congregation or to renovate and expand
the current campus. One proposed solution suggested a modern cathedral that
contextually fit well within the neighborhood.
Using MicroStation, Thomas Pierce Architecture and Interior Design modeled
the design concept. The fluidity of the software was integral to the design
process. The cathedral design linked 10 disparate ministry departments
together with a common point of entry. The building design embodied a
community icon as a means to restore cohesiveness to the urban fabric.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tri-Service CAD/BIM Technology Center
BIM Deliverables Using 3D PDF
Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States
The Tri-Service CAD/BIM Technology Center, working with Bentley, Adobe
Systems, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Huntsville Division, developed
a prototype BIM delivery methodology using a single 3D PDF file. The $128,000
prototype for use in smaller installations in daily operating routines fulfilled
three objectives: provide an interactive 3D BIM model, produce printable 2D
CAD construction documents, and secure an auditable web-based repository for
all PDF documents.
Multiple Bentley products were used. Project success relied heavily on
Bentley’s strong working relationship with Adobe Systems. Positive outcomes
included overcoming technology biases and cost savings from reduced training
and software acquisition. For the design team, the ability to archive BIM
information into a single PDF file reduces the downstream demand from the
owner for as-built information and drawings.