Gehry Technologies Awarded Building Information Model (BIM) Award by AIA

Fondation Louis Vuitton Receives BIM Excellence Award for Contributions to Architecture

Los Angeles, Calif. – April 10, 2012Gehry Technologies (GT), a global leader in applying technology to building industry challenges, today announces that Fondation Louis Vuitton has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious BIM Excellence award, given by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community. The 2012 Technology in Architectural Practice BIM Awards jury selected Fondation Louis Vuitton for its notable contributions to the profession of architecture.

The Fondation Louis Vuitton project – whose BIM delivery process was orchestrated and managed by  Gehry Technologies -  “illustrated an extraordinary integration of BIM into all project phases” was the commentary of this year’s BIM Awards Jury, according to Stephen Hagan, fellow of the AIA, who helps lead the AIA TAP BIM Awards, now in its eighth year. The jury went on to say that, “The project shows how BIM can enable design excellence throughout the project and beyond into facility operations” and that GT and its project partners   “...pushed the limits of current technology to its fullest... The breadth of the collaboration and the integration with fabrication were both impressive; people all over the world worked efficiently and effectively on this project using BIM.”

Located in Paris, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is a new art museum designed by Gehry Partners. The building is a show piece—not only of art, but of design and technology. Gehry Technologies provided strategic consulting for the duration of the project. BIM formed the foundation, cloud model servers enabled concurrent design, advanced parametrics brought the project to the next level and an automated CNC process completed the fabrication chain.
 

More specifically, key design and technology accomplishments included:

  • 15+ teams collaborated on the design worldwide
  • Over 400 model users and collaborators were involved
  • Nearly 100 Gigs of BIM model data were used
  • Over 100,000 version reiterations of the BIM
  • 19,000 unique CNC molded glass reinforced concrete panels
  • 3,500 unique CNC molded curved glass panels
     

"The processes used on the Fondation Louis Vuitton are industry-leading and show the future of how large teams can work together with 3D on design and construction projects," said Andrew Witt, director of research at GT, who helped design the systems GT used to coordinate the data collaboration on the project.

The Fondation Louis Vuitton design was driven by two important ambitions: an approach to the site, and a design ambition shared by the client and architect. The building serves as a gateway to the Jardin d’ Acclimatation, an exceptional site within the Bois de Boulogne. The use of glass as the primary exterior material plays a principal role in the architecture of the Fondation Louis Vuitton structures built in harmony with nature while using the most innovative materials and systems of the time and is a reference and an ode to historical garden structures of 19th Century.

“We are honored to receive this esteemed award from the AIA,” said Dayne Myers, CEO of GT. “As a leading professional organization in the field of architecture, their recognition of the Fondation Louis Vuitton holds tremendous value. This award confirms that our BIM expertise and project delivery services are providing exceptional outcomes for our clients.”

The annual Building Information Model Awards reveal how BIM is advancing from a pure tool to a catalyst of a more collaborative design and construction process. Energy efficiency, sustainability, program analysis, metadata exchange and design-to-fabrications are some of the attributes of this year’s submissions.
 

The awards will be presented at the AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition, scheduled to take place May 16-19 in Washington, DC. For more information on all the award winners, visit: http://network.aia.org/technologyinarchitecturalpractice/home/buildinginformationmodelingawardsprogram/.

For more information on GT, visit www.gehrytech.com.

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About Gehry Technologies

Gehry Technologies (GT) provides design and project management technology and consulting services, including BIM implementation, to leading owners, developers, architects, engineers, general contractors, fabricators, and other building industry professionals worldwide. GT solutions increase creativity and control; reduce project risks, costs, and completion times; and improve processes and decisions through collaboration, project visibility, and information access. Gehry Technologies is privately held, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, Seoul and Sydney. For more information about Gehry Technologies, visit www.gehrytech.com.

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