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Building Asia's Largest Bird Paradise: A Sustainability and Digital Journey

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    Mandai Bird Park Project is an innovative sustainable-construction initiative in Singapore designed to create Asia's largest bird park in a 23-hectaire nature reserve. The design consists of eight massive walk-through aviaries inspired by diverse habitats, 20-meter-tall waterfalls, and an 84-meter-long archway. As part of the Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan, the team had to keep in mind sustainability and preservation goals to minimize changes to the original landscape topology, preserve existing flora and fauna, and replicate a tropical landscape incorporated within the architecture. This intensified the overall construction complexity. The class will show how we fully used building information modeling (BIM) as a single source of truth, reality capture. and cloud platforms, including drone mapping, laser scanning, and 3D surface modeling with Revit, Navisworks, Dynamo, and ReCap software throughout the virtual design and construction (VDC) implementation. This saved us 30% in survey costs, achieved 100% reuse of excavated soil, and prevented the aviaries from clashing with the trees.

    Key Learnings

    • Learn how to make strategic decisions with data visualization for better sustainability and productivity in a large and complex project.
    • Learn how to achieve best practices in landscaping and substructure coordination using Revit Toposurface generated from a point cloud.
    • Learn about automating the quantification and tracking of excavation volume for complex topography using ReCap, Revit, and Dynamo.
    • Learn how to implement fail-proof construction via a constructability study and clash detection with reality-capture data in Navisworks.