Automation of building information modelling process of sanitary drainage system with Dynamo


The aim of this project is to design an adoptable solution that improves the quality of work and increases work productivity for the modelling of inspection chambers, waste sumps and manholes, and their pipe connections in Revit. Existing workflows and design requirements of the sanitary discharge system at a consultancy firm were analysed. Since the aim of the project is to address a practical problem, the mixed-methods research (MMR) overall approach was employed for this study. The MMR was conducted across four phases with different approaches used for data collection and analysis. Phase 1 involves understanding existing workflows and the design requirements of the sanitary discharge system the existing Dynamo workflow used at the consultancy firm managed to generate pipe connections. Phase 2 involves evaluating the performance and user experience of existing workflows. Phase 3 involves the creation and development of the solution. Phase 4 involves evaluating the performance and adoptability of the solution – the new Dynamo workflow. The new Dynamo workflow developed in this study provided users a better work experience than the existing modelling workflows. The new Dynamo workflow significantly reduced labour hours required for completing the given modelling tasks accurately.

Keywords: Design Productivity, Dynamo workflow, Building information modelling, Design management, Computational BIM

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Cite as: “Chua JTJ and Fadeyi MO (2021). Automation of building information modelling process of sanitary drainage system with Dynamo. Built Environment Applied Research Sharing #09. ISSUU Digital Publishing.”

Published by Moshood Olawale Fadeyi

Assoc. Prof. Moshood Olawale Fadeyi is an Associate Professor of Sustainable Building Value Delivery Education at the Singapore Institute of Technology. He holds four university degrees, including a Ph.D. in Indoor Environment and Energy from the National University of Singapore and Technical University of Denmark. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi is architecture (BSc Arch and M.Arch.), building science (MSc.), and engineering (Ph.D.) trained. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi is an architect, an indoor air quality expert, chartered engineer (UK) – building services, chartered construction manager (UK), cartoonist, and specialist adult educator. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi is a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (UK), Chartered Institute of Building (UK), and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi is a complete package for architecture and architectural engineering education in the 21st century. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi does research for education. From 2018, his research direction that aims to enhance applied learning pedagogy is guided by a question, “How, and why of the how, does the applied, creative (artistic), and case study research done with and for students impact their acquired job-readiness knowledge and skills required to enhance the work process needed to increase the ratio of delivered sustainable building performance usefulness to invested resources?” His expertise and interests guiding his research for education efforts are indoor air quality value delivery and value-oriented productivity (in sustainable design, construction, and facility management practices). The outcomes of his research done with the goal of educating students to be industry-ready are also shared publicly to educate industry professionals and the community. His research for education efforts is grounded in design, critical, reflective, scientific, and lean thinking with digital solutions adoption and storytelling. He has written more than 180 published scholarly and peer-reviewed articles in line with applied learning pedagogy enhancement and provision of scientific evidence on new knowledge. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi's expertise and leadership are highly sought after by companies and government agencies. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi is the Editor, Author, and Cartoonist of Indoor Air Cartoon Journal – an applied learning journal providing education on indoor air quality with audiences from over 100 countries. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi is a former National Taekwondo Champion in Singapore - Black Belt Middle-Heavy Weight category, 2006.

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