Geodesign Forum

2018 Geodesign Forum Presentations

Rebecca Parish
Pencoyd Iron Works

The Pencoyd Iron Works is a mixed use redevelopment project currently underway by the Penn Real Estate Development group on the site of an historic iron works / manufacturing facility in Lower Merion Township, directly across the river from (and linked by bridge to) the Manayunk section of Philadelphia.  This presentation will step through the process of scanning an existing structure (the Pump House) that is being re-purposed to become a restaurant and bar as part of the redevelopment project.  We will step through the LiDAR scanning process and then take a tour around the laser ‘point cloud’ data using Autodesk ReCap 360 software to see how the laser point cloud data are linked into a Revit file and used as a basis for creating an existing-conditions Revit model and resulting documentation.  Attendees will understand how a Revit model can be work-shared so multiple people can develop the model simultaneously.  We will also discuss the pros and cons of file linking and work-sharing.

Andrew Hart
Point Cloud Neutra: Utilizing LiDAR for Collaborative Survey and Representation

This presentation will explore how utilizing a variety of imaging and survey techniques -LiDAR, FLIR imaging, digital modeling and Virtual Reality - focus student and client understanding and engagement of the project surveying, documentation, and representation utilizing the Hassrick House. Designed by Richard Neutra and located adjacent to the East Falls campus, the Hassrick House is listed on the City of Philadelphia Historic Register. The residence displays several key features and nuanced details of modernist architecture, accurate and detailed representation of which presented a unique challenge to historic survey standards. As mid-century modernist buildings ascend to historic status, accurate surveys are essential and challenging – a challenge matched by new advanced technology. Teams of students and professionals engaged an array of imaging to identify interconnected key design, planning, energy issues in a collaborative setting allowing the teams to represent the project more fully than traditional techniques. Surveys from this project are a part of the National Parks Service Historic American Building Survey.

The University purchased the Hassrick House in 2017. For more information on the house, located near our East Falls Campus, contact the presenter

Rob Ashley
3D Documentation – Benefits, Uses and Deliverables

This presentation will explain the technology of 3D laser scanning, its applications, when to use it on projects and why it is a valuable asset in the design and construction process. 3D Documentation is becoming a standard in the design phase as well as the renovation and construction process. Understanding the technology and applications will streamline the design and construction process, effectively saving time and reducing costs.

This presentation will also provide you with the knowledge and understanding of 3D Documentation for you to determine the projects that will benefit through the use of this technology, when to implement it into your next project and how to maximize the use of the data through various deliverables.

You will learn what 3D Documentation is, how the technology works, the limitations and the different types of deliverables.

Andrew Saunders
Baroque Topologies: Reassessment of Italian Baroque Architecture in the era of big data.

The era of “big data” has fostered the need for new approaches to analysis and representation in all fields of design. The ability to capture, record and simulate increasingly larger sets of data coupled with remote access to cloud computing and progressively more affordable additive fabrication technology provides new opportunities and methods for understanding and assessing complexity and representation in architecture. Baroque Topologies examines the potential of these new methods to redefine and enhance knowledge and understanding of the full spectrum of formal and spatial complexity of Baroque architecture. As the recipient of the University of Pennsylvania Research Foundation grant, Associate Professor Andrew Saunders traveled to Italy to laser scan and amass an archive of some of the most important Italian Baroque architecture. New instruments from inside and outside of the discipline have a direct influence on the way architecture is designed and realized. Baroque Topologies demonstrates their potential to radically redefine our understanding of the full spectrum of formal and spatial complexity of Baroque architecture. Inherent in this process is a reexamination of the value-laden tools of contemporary representation and their impact on current architectural production.

John Schmidt
Mediating between the Physical and Computer Graphics Worlds in Visual Effects: A Looped Design Process

Modern filmmaking relies heavily on Visual Effects to generate imagery that cannot be captured entirely “in camera”, and finalized Visual Effects shots often contain a complex mixture of Live-Action and Computer Graphics elements. This presentation will describe some the methods and technology employed in designing and implementing Visual Effects so that live-action and computer graphics can be seamlessly integrated.