BIM Case Study – Crown Casino Redevelopment, Melbourne
Encompassing gaming, restaurants, cafes, bars and entertainment areas, it is the largest refit that Casino operator Crown Ltd has undertaken since the original complex was completed in 1998.
WSP used Revit MEP to model and coordinate services including existing conditions and staged construction phasing, and Navisworks for visualisation and coordination. This extensive project was very challenging, not least because our team were required to deliver a design that would facilitate rapid construction within the 24/7 live environment of the casino complex with minimal disruption to patrons and staff.
The design had to take into account many existing services within the ceiling space. Existing services conditions were modelled from as-built CAD drawings before new designs were developed to allow coordination and re-use where feasible.
WSP’s model had to coordinate with many other designers working with different systems. The base building architectural model was completed by the architects, HBO+EMTB, using Revit Architecture and interior design and other details were completed by external parties using 2D AutoCAD. Many of the fit-out areas had to be designed using 2D detail overlays on top of the BIM model.
A very services-heavy scheme of considerable complexity and a tight design, this project would have been very difficult to deliver without the benefits of BIM. Using Revit and Navisworks it was possible to coordinate services and confirm that the design intent would work, and the design visualisation afforded by Navisworks enabled designers to ‘walk through’ the building in a virtual environment, to assist in the design process and spatial layouts. The model also enabled design validation. Airflow and velocity checks were completed in the model to provide additional assurance that the design was valid and efficient.