Optimisation and innovation of building re-design and re-purpose using a Building Information Model (BIM) (2016-17)

Project outcomes

Sponsored by AECOM and Monash University


Project title: 
Optimisation and innovation of building re-design and re-purpose using a Building Information Model (BIM)
Description of the project: 

This project will require students to design and develop a Building Information Model (BIM) of an existing building at Monash University and identify a new use/purpose for the facility, partnering with leaders in their field, AECOM (Architectural, Engineering, Construction, Operations and Management) to explore latest initiatives, redesign the space, simulate and optimise the construction sequence.

To capture the existing conditions it is proposed to leverage laser scanning technology to create a point cloud. The point cloud will then be processed and converted into a BIM Authoring software (Revit). Once the Revit model is created a task would be to leverage the model to explore and test the ability to achieve Carbon Neutrality. This would include firstly understanding the embodied carbon of the structure and secondly, investigate strategies to achieve operational carbon neutrality, whilst maintaining a comfortable indoor environment.

There would also be a task around updating the Revit model to reflect the new design option. The final design will be exported from Revit to Navisworks and linked to a project program to create a virtual simulation of the construction of the new ‘development’. Models will be explored in Monash's CAVE2 environment.

Project brief

Project brief

Sponsored by AECOM and Monash University

Location: 
Melbourne CBD with some time spent at Monash University.
Description of the project: 

This project will require students to design and develop a Building Information Model (BIM) of an existing building at Monash University and identify a new use/purpose for the facility, partnering with leaders in their field, AECOM (Architectural, Engineering, Construction, Operations and Management) to explore latest initiatives, redesign the space, simulate and optimise the construction sequence.

To capture the existing conditions it is proposed to leverage laser scanning technology to create a point cloud. The point cloud will then be processed and converted into a BIM Authoring software (Revit). Once the Revit model is created a task would be to leverage the model to explore and test the ability to achieve Carbon Neutrality. This would include firstly understanding the embodied carbon of the structure and secondly, investigate strategies to achieve operational carbon neutrality, whilst maintaining a comfortable indoor environment.

There would also be a task around updating the Revit model to reflect the new design option. The final design will be exported from Revit to Navisworks and linked to a project program to create a virtual simulation of the construction of the new ‘development’. Models will be explored in Monash's CAVE2 environment.

Project outcomes

This project has been closed
Project Aims: 

Students will be required to explore and develop a Building Information Model (BIM) of an existing Monash building for repurposing taking into consideration the detail as outlined above. 

Faculty or Department: 
Art, Design and Architecture
Engineering-Civil
Engineering-Electrical & Computer Systems
Engineering-Environmental
Engineering-Software
Information Technology
Disciplines: 
Art Design and Architecture
Business Information Systems
Civil Engineering
Electrical & Computer Systems Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Software Development & Software Engineering
Sector: 
Engineering Consulting
Employment Type: 
Scholarship

Applications for this project are welcome from penultimate and subsequent year undergraduates, Masters and PhD students (coursework and research) who are enrolled full-time at Monash.

Selection Criteria: 

Your application will be reviewed by senior faculty members and assessed against the following criteria:

  • Quality of covering letter, resume and on-line application form including spelling & grammar
  • Relevance of your degree to the project(s) you select
  • Skills, ability, knowledge and experience relevant to the project (s) you apply for
  • Extra - curricular activities (i.e. sports/clubs & societies/memberships)
  • Career goals & ambitions
  • Academic performance
  • Successful completion of group activity
  • Successful interview with industry partner

 Please note:

  • Scope for MITI projects are determined by the industry partners, this includes student disciplines and whether they require students at undergraduate, Masters or PhD level.
  • The final selection of the MITI project team will be made by the industry partner.
  • Each industry project will run for 12 weeks over the summer vacation period that is December 2016 through to February 2017.
  • If selected you must be available and agree to commit for the entire 12 week period.
Duration: 
12 weeks
Max number of recipients: 
3
Application process: 

Applications are submitted online via the MITI website and must include a cover letter (no more than one page) and current CV.

Your cover letter should include the following information:

  • why the project is of particular interest to you
  • an outline of relevant experience either through vacation work, study or other extra curricula activities
  • what you can contribute as a member of the team

AECOM and Monash University

AECOM:

AECOM are a global network of experts working with clients, communities and colleagues to develop and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most complex challenges.
Delivering clean water and energy. Building iconic skyscrapers. Planning new cities. Restoring damaged environments. Connecting people and economies with roads, bridges, tunnels and transit systems. Designing parks where children play. Helping governments maintain stability and security.
We connect expertise across services, markets, and geographies to deliver transformative outcomes. Worldwide, we design, build, finance, operate and manage projects and programs that unlock opportunities, protect our environment and improve people’s lives.

More information: http://www.aecom.com/

Monash University:

Monash University is one of largest universities in Australia in terms of student body size. The university has a large network of seven local and international campuses, with five located in Victoria, one in South Africa, and another in Sunway, Malaysia. Monash also has international centres in China, Italy, and India.

Monash has one of the strongest undergraduate divisions in Australia while also maintaining a heavy focus on research, taking pride in being home to a large number of research facilities. The university forms healthy and mutually beneficial partnerships with the government, non-governmental organizations, and businesses to gain relevant information on issues, processes, and trends that could be used to update their course offerings, thereby ensuring that students gain knowledge that is directly applicable to the current national and global context.

Along with these features, Monash also offers its students the possibility of a unique global learning experience. Its education philosophy, called Monash Passport, is a unique approach that bridges education and career as a seamless process that enables students to have an effortless transition from learning to doing. The university's motto, Ancora Imparo, literally means I am still learning, which reflects the approach that the school takes in shaping its courses and moulding its students.

More information: http://www.monash.edu/