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06 January 2015

Ziggurat on a project listed in the WSJ's "The Best Architecture of 2014"

Written by Ziggurat Systems

The renovation and expansion project at the Sterling and Francine Clark near Williams College, MA was listed by the Wall Street Journal as one of 2014 Best Architecture. You can read more HERE

Ziggurat joined the team during early design phase to convert all architectural, structural and MEP 2D plans to 3D models utilizing Ziggurat’s plug-in for AutoCAD and Navisworks.

Review of the 3D models helped identify major design issues including insufficient plenum height to accommodate MEP systems, conflicts  with concrete joists and mismatches between architectural, structural and MEP designs such as stairs, slabs, walls and opening shown on different location for each discipline.

These issues were resolved during Construction Documents stage and Ziggurat submitted a 100% CD clash free 3D model that was submitted to the subs for construction.

To see a live video of the model Click Here>>

In 2001, a master plan developed by Cooper, Robertson & Partners dramatically re-conceived the Clark campus. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando and landscape architects Reed Hilderbrand Associates were selected. In summer 2010 work began on the infrastructure for the next phase of the project, the construction and renovation of the main campus buildings and grounds.

The project team included:

Design Architect - VECC
Tadao Ando Architect and Associates, Osaka, Japan

Design Architect – original museum building and Manton Research Center
Annabelle Selldorf, Selldorf Architects, New York, New York

Landscape Architect
Gary Hilderbrand, Reed Hilderbrand Associates, Watertown, Massachusetts

Architect of Record
Gensler, New York, New York

Construction Manager
Turner Construction Company, Albany, New York

And Ziggurat providing 3D modeling, clash detection and coordination services.



29 October 2014

Ziggurat utilizes Bentley Systems on MTA project with Jacobs Engineering

Written by Ziggurat Systems

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is North America's largest transportation network, serving a population of 15.1 million people in the 5,000-square-mile area fanning out from New York City through Long Island, southeastern New York State, and Connecticut.

Ziggurat was retained by Jacobs Engineering to provide BIM support services on the new ventilation plant to be built at the West Village's Mulry Square. The exterior of the plant, to be constructed at the intersection of Greenwich Avenue and Seventh Avenue South, is designed to blend in with the surrounding historic district-protected neighborhood, complete with a brick facade and windows.

Ziggurat team was tasked with converting the subcontractors’ 2D shop drawings to 3D model using Bentley Systems, the choice platform for all MTA work. Once the 2D drawings were converted to 3D models our team performed clash detection, 3D visualization and model analyses utilizing Bentley’s Projectwise platform.

07 July 2014

News from FIFA world cup - Ziggurat 3D technology was used during the planning of Arena de São Paulo

Written by Ziggurat Systems

The Arena Corinthians is a sports stadium located in São Paulo, Brazil and owned, operated, and used by Sport Club Corinthians Paulista. It has a seating capacity of 48,234, making it the fifth-largest stadium used by teams in the top tier of the Brazilian League and the eleventh-largest in Brazil.

During the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the stadium is known as Arena de São Paulo. It will host six matches, including the opening match on 12 June 2014.


Our partner in Brazil, MBM Servicos de Engenharia were retained to assist in early MEP coordination by converting the 2D AutoCAD drawings into 3D models that were further analysed for clash detection.


23 June 2014

Ziggurat supports 3D BIM coordination at Princeton's Firestone Library renovation

Written by Ziggurat Systems

We are very excited about a project we recently started working on. We were retained by one of the sub contractors to develop and coordinate their shop drawings in 3D and comply and fulfill the 3D BIM requirements on this project.

Princeton University is moving forward with plans for a complete renovation of Firestone Library. The planning is focused on creating a building that is well-suited to support modern library services while also providing the proper environment for one of the world's great book and manuscript collections.

Few of the sustainability features include: Energy-efficient HVAC system including chilled beams and heat recovery systems, Energy-efficient lighting including automatic controls and energy efficient lamps and ballasts, Replaced skylight glazing to reduce heat loss. New UV filtered and insulated windows are also being installed and Low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption.

The renovation and reconfiguration is conceived as a long-term phased project taking more than 10 years, during which the library will remain open and occupied.

Area: 400,000 GSF

Executive Architect         Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott

Design Architect               Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects

Construction Manager   Massimino Building Corp

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.

You can read more about the project by clicking here:

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.


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