3 comments on “Is this BIM? Answer: Absolutely!

  1. This piqued my interest! I paid a pilgrimage to Sagrada Familia last year and it inspires me in my work even more than ever.

    What was the discussion at RTC Australasia about? Did someone model this in Revit or are we looking at an image from Google Earth, Apple Maps, or something else entirely?



  2. Hi and thank you for your comment Ryan. The Keynote Speaker for the event was Mark Burry, who is the Senior Architect for the project. He was able to demonstrate how Antoni Gaudí modeled the design and what were the driving ‘parametric’ design parameters. In addition, he shared Gaudí’s inspirations from nature which is incorporated into all of his designs. (Not just Sagrada Familia)

    All of this had to be calculated and determined in order for his design to be fed to computer driven saws which then cut all of the stones used in the cathedral.

    Amazing! Not only how Mark Burry was able to figure this all out and understand it (by actually understanding how the geometry was parametrically driven), but more impressively, how Antoni Gaudí actually did it all in head!!

    Just goes to show you……smart is smart, no matter when.

    Mark Burry
    RMIT University

    Professor Mark Burry is a practicing architect who has published internationally on two main themes: the life, work and theories of the architect Antoni Gaudí, and putting theory into practice with regard to ‘challenging’ architecture. He has been Senior Architect to the Sagrada Família Basilica Foundation since 1979 pioneering distant collaboration with his colleagues based on-site in Barcelona. In 2001 he was the Founding Director of RMIT University’s state-of-the-art Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) in Melbourne Australia, established as a holistic transdisciplinary research environment dedicated to almost all aspects of contemporary spatial design activity. He is currently the Founding Director of the RMIT University’s Design Research Institute (DRI), established in 2008.

  3. Thanks for the context! I remember enjoying the models and tools on display in the basement when I was there. Seeing the clay models and sandbag mockups of catenary geometry (upside down) that Gaudi used was really interesting. Also, seeing the progression from 19th century tools through to their 21st century counterparts (3D printers, CNC and laser cutting machines, etc.) to model intersecting parts of the space was super fun. Good find!

    For a brief moment, I thought it would be fun to try and model the massive work in it’s entirety in Revit. Then I remembered I have real work to do…

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