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04 March 2014

Ziggurat provides 3D modeling and coordination for "Culinary Institute of America" expansion project

Written by Ziggurat Systems

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is a culinary college located in Hyde Park (Dutchess County, New York) USA, founded in 1946. The CIA has branch campuses in St. Helena, California, and San Antonio, Texas, as well as a campus in Singapore.

Kirchhoff-Consigli Construction Management (KCCM), the CM on the expansion project retained Ziggurat to convert to 3D Revit models all construction documents that were developed in 2D so the team can perform “walkthroughs” to review the design and insert MEP systems in 3D to perform clash detection and coordination. Performing 3D clash detection analysis was critical for this job, as it includes expansion of existing building and connecting new MEP and architectural systems to existing buildings.

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04 October 2013

Ziggurat provides 3D modeling and coordination for Battery Maritime Building, a 127-year-old NYC landmark en route to its future incarnation

Written by Ziggurat Systems

The Battery Maritime Building is a ferry terminal at 10 South Street at the corner of South and Whitehall Streets near South Ferry at the tip of Manhattan. It is used since 1956, as the ferry terminal to Governors Island. Between 2001 and 2005, in a 36 million dollar renovation, the exterior of the building and its deteriorating wooden piers were restored and its exterior repainted in its original multiple color schemes by Jan Hird Pokorny Architects.

Our client, the Dermot Company plans to top the historic ferry terminal with a new glass hotel and restaurant and refurbish the building’s Great Hall for public and private use.

The challenges in this project are the intricate land mark’s existing conditions that need to remain and be tied into the new structures. The plans for the new structures were designed in 2D CAD and the developer retained Ziggurat to convert the plans to 3D models for MEP coordination with existing conditions. After point cloud scanning the existing structures and converting these scans into a Revit model, our team proceeded with enabling 3D MEP coordination with the BIM that was converted from 2D to 3D using Ziggurat plugin for AutoCAD and Navisworks. By doing so, project MEP coordination was continually utilizing Navisworks for clash detection between new plans and existing conditions for high level accuracy.

The images below take you through the path of creating a Revit file from point cloud scan of existing conditions, converting 2D CAD MEP plans to 3D BIM with Ziggurat plug in, and running clash detection between new MEP plans and exiting conditions.

12 September 2013

Leading shopping center in Brazil utilizing Ziggurat solutions for 3D coordination

Written by Ziggurat Systems

The new shopping center  Shopping Nações Limeira by Construtora WTORRE is one of the biggest to be designed in the region. The developer elected to convert their 2D plans to 3D models for clash detection and system coordination which was run by MBM ENGENHARIA using the Ziggurat solution.

Shopping Nações Limeira is located in Limeira, São Paulo and consists of two levels with 150 stores, cinemas, Play-land, food court for 1,000 people, 2,000 parking spaces and 226,000 sf. Ft of recreational and stores area.

22 July 2013

A new Robert A M Stern building built by Tishman AECOM utilizing 3D technology with Ziggurat

Written by Ziggurat Systems

99 Church Street, is a building that will be soon under construction in Lower ManhattanNew York City. It will be the second tallest all residential building in the city, at 926 feet. The building was designed by Robert A. M. Stern, and is being developed by Silverstein Properties. 99 Church Street will contain a Four Seasons Hotel and condominium apartments. The new building will be constructed next to and surpass in height the Woolworth Building, which was the world's tallest building at the time of its completion. AECOM / Tishman Construction is managing the project and CRSG is the safety engineer on the project. Ziggurat is working closely with the project's team to convert their 2D safety and logistics plans to a 3D model to be submitted to NYC DOB for accelerated approval as well as an animated presentation to the neighborhood board. The logistics plan for this project is unusually complex due to the height and shape of the building, the large volume of pedestrian and vehicular traffic and extremely limited space.

28 June 2013

Residential project in Brazil is taking advantage of 3D cordination with Ziggurat technology

Written by Ziggurat Systems

Our team in Sao Paolo Brazil has been busy coordinating local projects using Ziggurat plugin for AutoCAD. One recent project was a residential development by a leading local developer Cobec Construction. The project, known as Villa di Parma is located on Avenida Cândido Hartmann, Barrio Santa Felicidade, Paraná.

The project consists of three buildings with 6 floors each with a total of 72 apartments. All apartments have balconies and 2 car garage in the basement and a system to reuse rainwater; http://cobec.com.br/o-villa-di-parma/

The developer approached us to assist in coordinating the tight spaces and convert their 2D plans to 3D model for clash detection. The Cobec team who design their projects with 2D AutoCAD realized the benefits in 3D coordination and is already utilizing Ziggurat’s technology on another residential project without changing their working schedule or requesting their design team to change their work habits.

25 June 2013

NYC new Marriott coordinated in 3D using Ziggurat

Written by Ziggurat Systems

The new Marriott hotel  is designed by Mr. Michael Arad, the architect known for being the designer of the World Trade Center Memorial in NYC, and is developed by G-Holdings. The folks at G-Holdings already worked with us before and found tremendous benefits in taking advantage of 3D coordination while the building is designed in 2D by the architect and engineers. We work closely with the project team and convert their 2D plans into 3D model during the design process. The project team finds tremendous value in being able to continue utilizing their 2D design software such as AutoCAD yet getting their plans checked for clashes in Navisworks after the plans are converted to 3D model using Ziggurat B4UB plug-in for AutoCAD.


29 April 2013

Scan existing conditions for a retrofit project at Mattel Toy Company

Written by Ziggurat Systems

675 Ave of the Americas in NYC is a beautiful Beaux Arts building designed in the early 1900s by architects DeLemos & Cordes who were commissioned by Samuel Adams. The six-story structure covers seven acres of floor space. In the late 1990s Mattel Toy Company took over the top three floors, giving the Adams & Co. building the new name “The Mattel Building”.

The project was a major retrofit of Mattel’s NYC HQ offices. It consists of approximately 40,000 sq ft. of open space on the 2nd floor.

Ziggurat was retained by the GC to scan existing conditions and coordinate the 3D BIM shop drawings phase. The architects required an existing conditions scan to be delivered in Revit format and be used during the construction phase coordination process, and later be part of the “as built” model submitted to Mattel’s facility management.

Once demolition phase was completed, we moved in and within couple of days we scanned the space and delivered a cloud point scan and Revit model to the architect and the sub-contractors to begin their shop drawings modeling. The architects and the drafting team found the accuracy of the Revit model of existing conditions very useful during their coordination process, which enabled them to avoid design clashes with unforeseen existing conditions.

18 January 2013

Ziggurat converts 2D construction documents to 3D BIM and coordinate a new sports arena

Written by Ziggurat Systems

Ziggurat was retained to utilize its AutoCAD plaug-in to convert 2D CAD construction documents into 3D BIM and perform clash detection and coordination using Navisworks. The designing team for the new 3,000 seats, 120,000 sq. ft. sports arena continued using 2D CAD design applications, but were able to take their plans through thourough 3D clash detection analysis to verify that all spectators enjoy a clear and unobstructed views of events taking place in the new arena.




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