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 the Technical University of Denmark. He is architecture (BSc Arch and M.Arch.), building science (MSc.), and engineering (Ph.D.) trained. He is an architect, an indoor air quality expert, chartered engineer (UK) – building services, chartered construction manager (UK), cartoonist, and specialist adult educator. He 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. He is well suited for architecture, interior design, building science, and architectural/building services engineering education. He has experience and expertise in developing undergraduate and postgraduate curricula to make students job-ready upon graduation. Since 2018, Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi focuses more on education. His education practice includes research that aims to understand how students, industry professionals, and the public should be educated to develop the fundamental knowledge and skillsets for defining and solving a problem for value delivery instead of solving a problem that does not exist or just providing a solution to a problem that exists. The theme of his education practice is sustainable building value delivery education. Under this theme, he has in-depth expertise in indoor air quality value delivery education and value-oriented productivity education (in sustainable design, construction, and facility management practices). His education practice is enhanced by his fundamental knowledge and skillsets in design, critical, reflective, scientific, and lean thinking, fine art, oral and written communication, building information modelling and other digital solutions adoption, and storytelling. Assoc. Prof. Fadeyi has published more than 200 applied learning, discovery research, and literature review articles and creative works (fine art and creative writing) contributing to applied learning pedagogy enhancement and scientific evidence on new knowledge. His expertise and leadership are highly sought after by companies and government agencies. He is the Editor, Author, and Cartoonist of Indoor Air Cartoon Journal – a creative and applied learning journal providing education on indoor air quality, with audiences from over 100 countries. He is a former National Taekwondo Champion in Singapore - Black Belt Middle-Heavy Weight category, 2006.

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