Posted by: Joe Croser | October 12, 2010

Pointools 3D Software Models Suffolk One Learning Centre

London, UK, 12 October 2010 – A 3D architectural computer model generated from millions of laser scanned measurements has been used to help design and build a futuristic Library Resource Centre (LRC). Using software from Pointools, TMJ Interiors were able to create a highly accurate model of the two story LRC structure from which more than 7,000 different components were designed, manufactured and installed to achieve the necessary acoustic qualities required for the next generation library.
The futuristically designed LRC pod is located within the entrance lobby of Suffolk One, a new college in Ipswich. Standing approximately 40 metres long and 9 metres high it acts as a focal point for the whole site.
“The need for accuracy in the model was essential to eliminate, to a large degree, hand fitting work,” commented Rob Form, Design Technician. “Rhino and Pointools worked together seamlessly and allowed the construction of a large model of such a complex project resulting in minimal waste on finished components and the very high levels of accuracy demonstrated at all stages of this design and build project.”
“The use of a point cloud model was identified as a key part of this contract from the very beginning. Using 3D laser scanning to obtain the raw measurements meant there was no need for special access to the site and even better no clambering over the steel frame,” continued Form.
Suffolk One is a new learning centre for 16-19 year olds in southwest Ipswich and south Suffolk. The Library Resource Centre (LRS) is a complex curving structure that required precision design and engineering of both the frame and external cladding. In order to achieve the necessary acoustic properties a specially sourced membrane was used and the external surface was then covered with oak boards, each designed to provide movement joints throughout the structure. TMJ Interiors worked closely with principal contractors ISG Jackson and architects Bond Bryan on the Suffolk One project.
TMJ Interiors scanned the structural steel and concrete composite structure to a high level of accuracy using a Leica HDS. The resulting point cloud model – made up of more than 35 million individually measured points – was processed using the Pointools plug in for Rhino 3D (Pointools 4 Rhino) and an accurate 3D model structure was created providing proper clearance to the steel frame. From this model the 7,000 plus components were designed for CNC manufacture. The external boarding was machined to the finished segmented shape from designs generated by the Pointools / Rhino software and templates from the model were used in places to aid the fitting of core frames. 
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