Project updates

LIDX video series released

posted Feb 28, 2012, 10:29 AM by Craig Simmons

The project team have released the final series of eight videos showing the completed LIDX prototype Google Sketch-up addin that provides the user with early stage cost, carbon and waste data. 
  • Part 1The initial steps required to generate early stage massing costs.
  • Part 2a: How the tool can be used to define the internal spaces of a building floor by simply drawing lines to divide the floor area, which are then processed by the tool to add additional parameters that control the geometry of the walls and spaces.
  • Part 2b:  Definina floor that extends into the roof space showing that the roof geometry correctly clips the wall geometry of the building spaces.
  • Part 3How rates can be assigned to different building elements. The tool uses a property inheritance model that allows you to define rates either site-wide, building-wide, floor-wide, or for specific elements which helps to reduce the amount of effort needed to assign bulding rates.
  • Part 4Estimates for building carbon, cost, and waste, in the tool are collected together and presented in a building report. The hierarchy of this report follows the New Rules of Measurement (NRM) elemental estimate analysis. Items within the building model can optionally be assigned unique names by the designer so that they can be identified in the report.
  • Part 5Buildings created using the LIDX tool are also SketchUp components. The additional properties added by the tool are embedded into the model geometry. This means that you can use LIDX building components in the same way as SketchUp components, such as instancing them around a site, or making instances unique to make specific changes.
  • Part 6Since LIDX buildings are SketchUp components, they may also be uploaded to (or downloaded from) the 3D Warehouse, making it easy to share models between designers, or simply keep a repository of models on your 3D Waehouse account. All building parameters associated with the LIDX model are embedded into the component, and can be restored easily by the tool when models are downloaded. The only exception is estimate data, as this is kept private by default. To share estimate data, you simply send the costing template spreadsheet with whoever whishes to see the building estimate.
  • Part 7How a model geometry can be exported from SketchUp, via gbXML, into DesignBuilder for energy simulation using the DesignBuilder model importer tool.

Video for the third newsletter now available

posted Jul 15, 2011, 7:01 AM by Andy Bodey

Video for the third project newsletter available here.

Third project newsletter now available

posted Jul 15, 2011, 6:57 AM by Andy Bodey

Newsletter PDF available for download from Documents page.

Second project newsletter now available

posted Jan 25, 2011, 6:12 AM by Craig Simmons

Newsletter PDF available for download from Documents page.

Design Tool demonstrator (video): Building components

posted Jan 25, 2011, 6:10 AM by Craig Simmons

Design Tool demonstrator (video): Workflow overview

posted Jan 25, 2011, 6:03 AM by Craig Simmons   [ updated Jan 25, 2011, 6:10 AM ]

4th project meeting

posted Dec 9, 2010, 6:13 AM by Craig Simmons

Scheduled for 2nd February 2011 at Oxford Brookes University.

3rd project meeting

posted Dec 9, 2010, 6:10 AM by Craig Simmons

Third Steering Group meeting held at Oxford Brookes University on 19th November 2010.

2nd Project Meeting

posted May 10, 2010, 5:53 AM by Craig Simmons

Held second project meeting 10th May at Oxford Brookes. Everything on schedule.

Project launched

posted Oct 19, 2009, 10:41 PM by Craig Simmons   [ updated Mar 12, 2010, 3:26 AM ]

The Low Impact Project held its inaugural meeting at Oxford Brookes University on 9th February 2010. Present were representatives from all project partners along with TSB monitoring officer Russ Wolstenholme. 

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