BIM LEVEL OF DETAIL
SPECIFICATION

For each BIM models it is necessary to determine the Level of Detail of elements

During the BIM modeling of existing objects based on the point cloud it is very important to understand that the majority of BIM packages just like REVIT, AECOsim or ArchiCAD are developed with the aim of designing brand new structures that has to be freshly built. The inventory of existing structures is usually performed by using a 3D laser scanning. This method is very accurate and of course detailed. However, the replacement of the clouds for a BIM model requires a lot of effort. Unfortunately this is often restricted by the limits of a software. Creating a mapping in form of the models based on scan data we will have to face a lot of problems and dilemmas such as the assumed accuracy and detailedness studies. The purpose of the following summary and categorization applied with simplifications in modeling is to find an agreement with the client as well as the way how the ordered data later on have to been used. It is not necessary to take this literally. For example we can assume that the required model has to be made in LoD2 but on request we can also add here relevant elements like windows or doors. When it comes to the requirement at the stage of valuation it is very important to achieve the highest possible level of agreement with the client. However, the difference in the level of detail has a direct effect on the required time to develop the data what goes by with the budget of the project.

Below you will find a questionnaire with a precise list where you can fill out and determine which elements have to be modeled.

Level 1 – Mass Model

Modeling on the Level of Detail 1 is generally used for the depiction of the architectural context in which the investment is occured. Based on the solid models of the building environment there is a chance to explore the level of sunlight.

  • least detailed and most generate model of BIM
  • it presents the general form of the building
  • on this level no details like windows, doorways, elements of the service or architectural ones are presented

Level 2 – Basic Structural model

Modeling on the Level of Detail 2 is used to create a base project in the preliminary architectural concept. For example a BIM model (LoD2) generates details in the same way as a 2D documentation in the scale 1:200.

  • the model contains the most important structural elements and openings in the building including floors, columns, beams and door openings and windows in a basic form
  • the model doesn’t present the elements of the installation or even architectural details, partition walls or interior doors

Level 3 – Basic Architectural model

Modeling on the Level of Detail 3 is used as a base project excluding the construction documentation. The BIM model (LoD3) generates details in the same way as a 2D documentation in the scale 1:50 or 1:100.

  • the model contains all structural elements and basic simplistic architectural details
  • external woodwork like doors and windows are marked
  • on this level the inner walls with doors and installation components are presented

Level 4 – Detailed Architectural model

Modeling on the Level of Detail 4 is generally used for creating engineering projects as well as for the finishing projects. What more, the model BIM (LoD4) represents the most geometrically described architectural details.

  • this level contains in detail all structural elements as well as the architectural ones
  • modelled are even the smallest itmes of installation and furniture
  • external woodwork like doors and windows along with door handels are marked
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