#au2013 MP2845 Virtually Human: Modeling the Human Body Inside and Out Using BIM Platforms


Room: Lando 4206Type: LectureThe study of human anatomy has traditionally been the domain of physicians, dentists, physiotherapists, nurses, paramedics, and other health professionals. What happens when you let building designers have a crack at replicating it? This class provides you with the opportunity to meet Project OVE, Arup’s virtual human. OVE has a full structural skeleton and respiratory system. OVE sweats, gets hungry, and even has a heart. We are still working on the operating system but OVE has a huge brain that will act as the main control center when finished. However, OVE is also more than just an artificial replication of the human body. Creating an intelligent version of OVE required us to exploit the full potential of Autodesk® Revit®-based software as a state-of-the-art BIM (Body Information Modeling) tool.
Andrew Duncan, BIM Manager, Arup
Ken Enright, Senior Technician, Arup
Jonathan Lock, Associate BIM Leader, Arup
Casey Rutland, Associate Director, Arup Associates
Mike Slessor, Engineer, Arup

170m tall human shaped research laboratory. 

Quick trip into rhino to get better control of slices to optimise for use by Revit. 

Wall by face to model a human heart from a sat file. 

3 panel system, chest, arm, leg. 

Primary and secondary structure. No detailed joints. 

Lifts can slope up to 15° off the shelf. 

Architecture – skin and build up of the whole body
Structure – skeleton and core muscles. 
Systems working together in tension and compression. 

Rhino – grasshopper – salamander – GSA – tekla – Revit  (platform workflow)

Design coordination in Revit and navis
Integrated structural design
BIM fit for fabrication

Re-use of prior project construction joints, this time the gherkin 

Drawings are eхpensive so reduce drawing output




MEP – cardiovascular. Intelligence, automation and efficiency. 

System optimisation focus. 
Use system for flow configuration
Use system splitters to allow for breaking out the models. 

Pipe work – circulatory

Review workflow and drive parameters from a single input to drive the data to keep the system correct. Massive gains in efficieny. Formula based relationships. 

The deliverables from the project were the processes and not the model. 

Project done in 2 months, labour of love. 

500mb file. Services 120mb. All standard Revit functionality. Excluding the grasshopper parametrics. 



About Shaun Farrell

I have been involved in the construction sector since 1986 and over the years I have seen things change dramatically. Much of the change has been directly as a result of technology. This blog will be about the key combinations of People, Process and Technology. Any views expressed here are strictly my own.
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