Proposal: AutoDesk toolbox for 3D City modelling

Dear students – we have here a very interesting case where we want to model a whole city in 3D by applying a number of tools from AutoDesk. This way you really go to the limit of the tools. I am looking forward to work with you (2-3 students together), hopefully doing a master thesis, but any other project could help stepwise. As you see below this project can evolve from a special course to a set of coordinated Master projects. Hence you are part of shaping the project/s.

The toolbox and workflow for the project could look like this:

Step 1: InfraWorks 360 will be used to model the terrain and surroundings.

Step 2: FlowDesign will be applied for the modelling of water flows for the terrain and wind modelling in the following steps.

Step 3: FormIt, that is very similar to SketchUp could be used to model the basic buildings shapes.

Step 4: The primitive buildings designed by step 3 will be replaced by 3D-BIM models for the most relevant buildings in the area. For this purpose the FormIt models will be exported to Revit.

Step 5: Now we are ready to do analysis of solar impcat, neigbour building impact on daylight, wind and water impcat on the design and what ever you are able to handle in your project. For this purpose, Vasari has been redrawn by AutoDesk, hence we use the newest implementation of the merge between Ecotect and Revit.

PS: Naviswork will probably be involved to handle process data.

You could choose a completely different modelling package if you are able to do the same work efficiently. Let’s go and try.

Contact me if you feel this sounds exciting, Fred (Alfred Heller)
PS: We will certainly have backup by AutoDesk and relevant supervisors (The idea is defined by Palle Bisgaard, Betechdata, Glostrup).

Alternative wind modelling in CFD for urban areas:

Sketchup is getting better all the time: See city mapping:

 I would like somebody to find the edges for what we can to fast and evt. automated.


Proposal: Smart City – Data Repositories

Within the smart cities research, data from any kind of source are key for the modelling and understanding of the overall systems. Hence we have to collect data in masses.

Under the CITIES project and others, a data repository is to be developed during autumn 2014. For this purpose, we can define a number of project that can include parts of e.g.:

  • hard-core computer programing and architecture
  • data base design
  • data repository design
  • metadata design and handling
  • data management at any stage
  • data collection from public and private sources
  • data correlation and analysis
  • and much much more.

The project is on the one hand related to software solution companies, public and private, and will involve numerous organization with available data.

In the very near future, smart cities project will deliver data as we build the necessary monitoring infrastructures – also a lot of opportunities in this related subject.