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Friday, March 7, 2014

Tally Graduates from Autodesk Labs (03 March 2014)

From Scott Sheppard's It's Alive in the Lab blog:

Tally™, by KieranTimberlake and PE INTERNATIONAL, is a plug-in application for Revit that allows users to quantify the environmental impact of building materials for whole building analysis as well as comparative analyses of design options.

While working on a Revit model, the user can define relationships between BIM elements and construction materials from the database. The result is Life Cycle Assessment on demand, and an important layer of decision-making information within the same time frame, pace, and environment that building designs are generated.

Project Tally was a public beta where KieranTimberlake, PE INTERNATIONAL, and Autodesk were collecting feedback on the Tally technology from Autodesk customers. The technology preview has ended. Thanks to everyone who participated.

From the Tally website:

What is Tally

Tally is a Revit application that allows architects and engineers to quantify the environmental impact of building materials for whole building analysis as well as comparative analyses of design options. While working on a Revit model, the user can define relationships between BIM elements and construction materials from the Tally database. The result is Life Cycle Assessment on demand, and an important layer of decision-making information within the same time frame, pace, and environment that building designs are generated. As a Revit application, Tally is easy to use and requires no special modeling practices

Why Tally

The task of quantifying the embodied environmental impact of building materials involves performing a Life Cycle Assessment—a relatively new and confounding practice for many architects and engineers. The results of such assessments are typically not available to designers, as most are conducted on whole buildings and building components after construction is complete. In principle, building information modeling (BIM) ought to provide designers with the detailed bill of materials necessary to perform a Life Cycle Assessment during project delivery. But in practice, elements in BIM models often do not reflect the actual volume of materials, and this requires a more refined definition of architectural products than expected.

Motivated by the desire to leverage Revit to provide users with life-cycle impact information for building materials throughout the design process, KieranTimberlake began developing Tally in 2008. In response to growing industry awareness of life-cycle considerations, KieranTimberlake partnered with Autodesk Sustainability Solutions and PE INTERNATIONAL to create a comprehensive, easy-to-use tool that brings accurate life-cycle data to the design process.


For more information, see the Tally website.

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