Virtual Construction

Theodore Roosevelt High School

[metaslider id=4518]   Highlights Location Washington, DC Project Manager(s) Bob Bonk, LS Services Provided DA Virtual Surveying/Scanning Completion Date 2013 Through the use of survey scanning technologies and BIM software, Draper Aden Associates provided the general contractor and project architect a 3D model of existing conditions for a 156,000 SF, three-story high school. The design and construction team was interested in a detailed model that included the location of walls (including any recesses and alcoves), doors and windows (including the extent of trim), and the extent of any wainscot tile in the building. A total of 380 scans were collected in the field and processed to form a complete point butt representation of the existing building. Once the point butt was created, the building was modeled using Autodesk Revit software, creating a comprehensive 3D representation of the entire existing high school.   [wpbgallery id=4514] ...

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DAA Project Profiled by Virginia Business

The East End Theater redevelopment project continues to get noticed! As we’ve mentioned previously on the blog, DAA Virtual Construction took on the renovation of the East End Theater in Richmond’s historical Church Hill neighborhood in 2015. The project utilized cutting-edge scanning and BIM technology and incorporated a number of innovative engineering techniques. Our work was recognized by ACEC Virginia with this year’s Pinnacle Award for the state’s top engineering project! The good news keeps coming as Virginia Business recently profiled the East End Theater redevelopment. The magazine noted that DAA faced a number of challenges on the theater renovation, including designing the second and third floors to be self-supporting, adding new foundational support to the building and incorporating an addition that would connect to the original theater, all while retaining the theatre’s original shell and character. Read the full story from Virginia Business, including insights from the developer and DAA’s Les...

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East End Theater

[metaslider id=4524]   Highlights Location Richmond, VA Project Manager(s) Dave Spriggs, PE Services Provided DA Virtual Construction DA Economic Development Surveying/Scanning Structural Engineering Completion Date 2015 Draper Aden Associates helped to preserve a community landmark through work on the neglected East End Theater in Richmond’s historical Church Hill neighborhood. We handled the structural engineering needs for the renovation as well as the expansion. Since no documentation was available for the building, Draper Aden Associates utilized new technology to create an interactive building information model (BIM) for the structure. This scanning technology was critical to the project because it showed that, although the roof was gone, the roof framing could still be used, saving the developer $100,000 and making the renovation more feasible. The firm utilized self-supporting floors in order to create commercial space and two floors of apartments. Challenged by poor soil conditions and the need to maintain the existing shell of the theater, Draper Aden Associates solved a variety of issues using innovative solutions and...

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A Major Award!

The holidays are here and so is award season. We’re pleased to announce we are the winners of an ACEC Virginia 2016 Grand Award and in the running for the national prize! This past year, DAA Virtual Construction took on the renovation of the East End Theater in Richmond’s historical Church Hill neighborhood. The starting condition of the theater was extremely dilapidated, including a missing roof and plants growing throughout. With no documentation on the building, this was the perfect candidate to use scanning and BIM technology provided in-house by DAA. The project has also been recognized by ULI (Urban Land Institute) of Virginia, who gave it their 2015 Vision Award for Best Renovation or Adaptive Reuse. We’re extremely proud of the finished project and to be recognized for its success. We expect our leg lamp in the mail any day now. Read the more at acecva.org...

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3D Laser Scan: Virginia Tech’s Indoor Practice Facility

[metaslider id=3818] Last week, Bob Bonk (DAA-Richmond) performed a complete indoor and outdoor 3D scan of the brand new Virginia Tech Indoor Practice Facility. Using point butt technology, the 3D scan created a true-scale 3D record of the existing conditions of the new facility. This scan will allow Virginia Tech to access 100% accurate data regarding the facility--information that can be used in future planning, creating a 3D model for BIM purposes, and even determining how to move large equipment or materials in and out of the building. In less than 12 months, HKS Architects and WM Jordan, along with Draper Aden Associates, broke ground and completed the soaring, state-of-the-art practice facility. With over 92,000 square feet of turf, and a ceiling more than 100 feet tall, it's the largest practice facility of its kind and is one that will allow not just the Hokies football team to practice in all kinds...

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