BIM in Wood Construction – From Planning to Production with IFC and OpenBIM
Modern wood construction is no longer only a craft or an art, it is – and has to be – technology based. In every CAD/CAM system, from the planning stage to CNC production, new information input or manual transmission of information happens during the process. While proprietary interfaces can improve the handling and reduce the learning curve, they clearly limit the choice of bespoke software solutions to allow for your customized solutions.
As an OpenBIM technology platform, IFC is meant to enable the exchange of information between different software tools, accelerate input and reduce transmission errors. However, it has to be prepared, communicated and done well to avoid frustration and additional work – or errors. Good news: it is less complicated than you may think.
In this workshop Michael Marzy of Dietrich‘s (CAD/CAM software for timber design) will explain the basic functions and the necessary setup to “do IFC right”. From dimensions to materials, from organizational to business information, from the first drawing on a napkin (well, almost..) to the CNC machine output – the possibilities will be demonstrated with successful case studies and examples.
About TallWood Design Institute (TDI)
A partnership between Oregon State University and University of Oregon, TDI unites researchers from top U.S. wood products, engineering and sustainable design programs as one of the nation’s first and only interdisciplinary research collaboratives focusing on the advancement of mass timber and structural wood products building solutions. TDI’s primary activities, which include a wide range of testing, state-of-the-art timber research, and education, are reinforced by diverse faculty expertise, cutting-edge facilities and dynamic partnerships with manufacturers, designers and other stakeholders.
Cover image courtesy TallWood Design Institute.