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Case Study of Design, Documentation, and Construction of Curved Stone Wall

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    This class will illustrate an integrated design and construction process achieved through using a more advanced method of the modeling and documentation of a curved stone wall for a courthouse building. 2D documentation of the complex geometries might not lead into the most efficient workflow between the design/construction team. The case study—Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe, Kansas—demonstrates using adaptive component families in Revit software to model, document, and construct a 40 foot by 440 foot curved stone wall with punched openings. This class will explain the modeling method of the wall in Revit, the documentation for the contactor, and the construction of the wall on the jobsite. Using an adaptive component family (Revit), different types of stone panels in the curved wall were modeled precisely according to design intent and were placed and repeated on the parametric rig. The conclusion will be lessons learned in this project, and an examination of the pros and cons of this method.

    Key Learnings

    • Get familiar with a new method of modeling a curved stone wall in Revit using adaptive component families
    • Learn about how the adaptive component model of a wall was used to document and construct the wall on the construction site
    • Learn about the pros and cons of this modeling method for design and construction of the wall in comparison to conventional methods
    • Learn about the benefit of using adaptive component modeling method for complex geometry such as a curved stone wall