3D modelling has allowed the V&A Dundee, Scotland vision a reality.
The V&A Dundee, Scotland is due to open next year. IT will house the hundreds of the best design classics. The design of the museum is a trendsetter in construction technology and would not have been possible without the aid of 3D modelling.
Kengo Kuma is a Japanese architect and professor at the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Tokyo. The digital model has been developed from his original concept. With that said, it’s down to the international engineering firm Arup to make this concept become reality.
3D modelling has helped this vision become reality, everything from virtual reality walkthroughs, to 3D printed models of the museum. The 3D model also helped to create the shuttering into which its concrete has been poured.
Subsequently, 3D modelling has changed the way we approach construction. The design engineers no longer need to spend hours looking through 2D CAD files. Then try and imagine what those flat drawings are supposed to look like, which instantly removes human error.
Design engineer Dan Clipsom, who heads Arup’s structural project team said:
“We moved into the 3D world much more strongly than we have previously,”
“Engineers are very good at drawing things. We sit and we think with our pencils, we draw details, we top things up.
“This is a building where we had to approach it as a 3D object. So the structure is one overall machine, the walls, the roof, the floor – they all interact and pull on each other so it’s one design we have to do, we can’t pull it into bits.”
To conclude, the V&A Dundee could have been built without this technology however it couldn’t have looked like this. The design would have been more conservative, with thicker concrete walls.