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How BIM was applied in the most complicated project of Walt Disney alias Enchanted Storybook Castle for the Disney Shanghai Resort


Enchanted Storybook Castle for the Disney Shanghai Resort is the largest of Disney's castles which was successfully designed in 3D with the help of various Building Information Modeling (BIM) programs & processes.


Due to the incorporated workflow and ground-breaking BIM technology, the project was awarded with a 2014 AIA TAP (Technology in Architectural Practice) Award for Delivery Process Innovation. The project is expected to be opened in 2015.


Various design approaches were applied with the project as it contained a modern & complex interior, along with a central double-helical staircase, restaurant, fountain pumps, a boat-ride system and its maintenance facility, a children's salon and lots other. BIM was utilized for 3d modeling & coordination of all of the design disciplines associated with the project.


The design took help of the cloud collaboration that facilitates distribution of models smoothly, fewer revisions for communications and superior detail.


BIM-supported collaboration through web-based social, video-telepresence, and cloud-based computing also harmonized various project team members to construction jobsites facilitating efficient delivery of major project milestones.


The architectural team applied Revit software but the Structural and MEP disciplines inside the team preferred to go with AutoCAD. In order to switch over data amid various disciplines, the team also developed an in-house workflow. The design files provided a output of architectural Revit information each day for the other disciplines through various custom scripts.


To create the design of the project simultaneously, near about 142 disciplines which involve architects, engineers, and sub-contractors worked together from diverse locations of the globe.


In order to circulate the information across the team members belonged to two sides (Glendale and in Shanghai) of the globe , a BIM information diagram was created to get the view who was liable for what and how their information was transmitted across the globe.


To cope with the problems for limited internet connectivity in China, the team applied a cloud-supported construction collaboration platform alias Buzzsaw to convey updates to the BIM model back and forth connecting Glendale and Shanghai.


The design team focused on the architectural detail after setting up the model precisely as well as making proper communication on both sides of the world. A BIM "surge team" helped in producing intelligent, parametric content inside the model. The details encompassed mock terrain & architectural ornamentation for a period-correct medieval castle comprised with windows, doors, complicated roof structures, turrets for the towers, and the double-helix central staircase. All of these details were saved as Revit Objects in a central library for later usages in various diverse places in the castle.


The project team had set up standard naming conventions to list numerous BIM objects like cornices and antique windows generated in-house. All that architectural ornamentation resulted in superior quantity extraction and construction management.


Attributes allocated to geometry facilitated WDI's architects and engineers to envisage a material breakdown concerning the building, which facilitated creating the design, coordination, and operations decisions for having the proper amounts regarding concrete and other materials for the two fireworks-launching platforms on the building. Attributes were then assigned into the objects to know how the materials combated jointly to resist flame-spread.


The coordinated 3D model facilitated the teams to design a perfectly incorporated building. Design was completed in perfect time, construction on the castle started last year.


BIM was applied in the most complicated project of Walt Disney


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