We’re back for part 2 of the CANstruction event series and the team has been hard at work developing the model for the “Come on Beets, do the loco-motion” structure. We’re here to give you an inside look at how they are attacking this project. However, before we get into Part Two, be sure to check out Part One if you missed it – we had a chance to meet the team and explore the inventory process they took to build out the can library, which was a critical part of the project strategy!

With the help of BIM360 Design, a cloud collaboration tool that connects design and construction processes and projects teams in one place, the team has been able to make this a multi-office event by pulling in help from other offices for structural analysis and design review. The tool proved to be a beneficial collaboration method for the CANstruction team as it offered a simple way for team members in different locations to organize, edit, and track all files throughout the project lifecycle. The team was able to share the central Revit file, construction documents, drawings and team photos simultaneously. Check out a screenshot of the Document Management portion of the software to get a feel for the ease this project collaboration tool can offer.

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BIM360 Design Software Platform Screenshot

After deciding on the theme and planning out the rough design concept, by browsing images and choosing how to best utilize cans and space requirements, the team started their work on modeling out the can-structure geometry as masses in Revit. The structure is designed to fit within an 8’ x 8’ x 8’ volume with the backdrop wall standing 8’ tall and 8’ wide and the metro car roughly 5’ x 6’ at its base. Given the size constraints the team performed an analysis of all the can data that was collected in phase 1 to create families of different can sizes and colors needed within Revit. To create the wall design, the team converted the wall volume into cans and used each can as a pixel to study how various images could be created and finally landing on a symmetric image of the iconic Washington Union Station. To create the metro car a similar process was used to convert a mass into cans and broke the model down into smaller shapes to establish the areas for windows, walls, the beet, train lights.

Once all the can colors, details, and total height were accounted for they were able to add additional infill cans, as needed for structural support, and decide on which can labels best used their desired colors. By using Revit the team was able to create schedules to calculate the overall cost and number of cans used at any time during the design process. At the end of the design process, they had their total count of cans needed to build and support the structure. Drum roll, please… the structure would take just over 5,600 cans. That’s 5,600 cans that would be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank after the event, from just this structure alone. We’ll report back on the total cans collected during the event in Part III of this series.

With only 5 builders allowed assist during the 6-hour construction of the structure next weekend, this will be no small task, but the DC team is up for the challenge. If you are in the DC area from November 19th through November 25th be sure to stop by the National Building Museum to see the CANstructions and vote by donating cans to your favorite structures. More details can be found here.

Check back at the end of November for a review of how the physical build was executed, a recap of the event and be sure to tune into our Instagram for LIVE updates of the build on November 18th.