Video: Capitalizing on innovation: 3D model of the Centre Block

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) worked with Carleton University's Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) to develop a Building Information Model (BIM) of the Centre Block building. Watch this video from 2017 to learn more about the ways in which this 3D digital model is helping to put Canada at the cutting edge of building information modeling for heritage conservation and architectural rehabilitation.

Transcript of Capitalizing on innovation

(Shot of Stephan Fai working at his computer)

Stephan Fai: I remember as a kid I grew up watching television and seeing this place called, you know, Parliament Hill (Close shot left side Stephan Fai's face) and thinking it was absolutely magical. (Shot focuses on CIMS business cards).

(Chest shot) Lara Chow: The project that we're working on here at CIMS is to develop a BIM of the Centre Block building.

(General shot of Centre Block CIMS research team working on computer) Stephan Fai: Building information modeling harnesses the power of three dimensional computer modelling. (Shot of screen showing Point Cloud data of the Senate Chamber). So the geometry, the accurate geometry, of a computer model. (Animated Building Information Model of Centre Block rotating showing detail). One of the machines we use sends out a signal at 1 million times per second. It does that a million times in 360 degrees. We take that information and we bring it into (Animated Building Information Model pans up the front of Centre Block building) the building information modeling software and we essentially trace in three dimensions from that metric data.

Lara Chow: What's innovative about BIM is that it also contains (chest shot of Stephan Fai) a lot of information that (wide shot of Stephan Fai presenting and CIMS researchers looking at screen) can be put into the building elements.

Stephan Fai: (Horizontal pan from left to right of CIMS researchers looking at TV screen) It can include the date something was made, (close up of Stephan Fai pointing to model on the screen) where it was manufactured, other information (Screen showing Centre Block BIM of the Senate Foyer) related to the geometry within that 3D model.

Samuel Dubois: (chest shot of Samuel Dubois) With BIM, we can integrate everything into one 3D model, (horizontal pan from right to left showing researchers working on computers) so that it makes collaboration between (close up of researcher working on computer) different project participants easier. (Close up of right side view of researcher face) (Screen showing user referencing multiple data sets including historic drawings.)

Lara Chow: We've been working on the project since the summer of two thousand fifteen. We've gathered point cloud data in collaboration with Heritage Conservation Services.

(Chest shot of Stephan Fai) Stephan Fai: Our model will give the consultants, architects, and engineers an (close up of Stephan Fai) advantage of where they would have been if we hadn't prepared this model.

(Close up of researcher picking up virtual reality goggles) Stephan Fai: This project puts Canada (wide shot of CIMS researcher using virtual reality goggles) at the cutting edge of building (close up of CIMS wearing virtual reality goggles looking up and to the left) information modelling for heritage conservation and architectural rehabilitation.

Stephan Fai: This is the project of a lifetime.

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