Data Center

 

Winchester Data Center in Kansas City

Lead Model Designer: Bryan Beard

Project Info

This model was a combination of architecture and engineering. This model is used to give tours of this highly sensitive and high-security facility. The building is unique in that ist houses secure computer servers.  The wiring around all the roofs is actually a continuous lighting rod mitigate any hint of an electrical surge.

Numerous lighting events show off the data streams, the server locations, and the internal computer systems. The main center roof section rises up to show the lower level systems. external underground fuel tanks also light up to demonstrate their independence to the grid. We had to create some brand new lighting systems to accomplish all that was needed.

Make Room For The Ambulances

Plants & Equipment

Drawings worked on paper, but there were 2 – 3 foot changes that were made clear once the architectural model was built. The model made it apparent they needed to look at certain features. For example, the entire front entry was redesigned after the model was delivered, requiring a modification to the model. The ambulance entry was too small! Architectural scale models allow developers to make major corrections before it’s too late, greatly reducing the potential for cost overruns and redesigns.

Colorado State University – Green Energy Building

This ambitious project for CSU is a new student center powered by green energy. The model is built as a cross-section to highlight the many different design elements that keep this structure as a temperature controlled building. The largest element is the Katabatic Tower which collects wind and passes the air though a water mist to cool it before it enters the building. The model highlights nineteen different way that this building is environmentally friendly.

These include using sustainable materials to solar cells as well as more engineering intensive elements like the thermal mass walls and trench ducts. There is also a bike repair shop and electrical charging station for the low energy commuters. Obviously a building like this needs funding and approvals especially for a State University. They commissioned our model as an economical way to show off the many unique elements of this forward looking design.

Civil Engineering Models: I-94 Milwaukee Highway

Highway models over graveyard

We have built over fifteen engineering scale models for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation over the years. Yes, these are models of Highways and intersections. The models can be large and expensive but the engineers CH2M Hill and the WisDOT keep having them built.

Civil Engineering Scale Models Help Educate the Public

The benefit is to educate the public, smooth public opinion and to get the public behind these complex projects. These civil engineering models are displayed at various venues around the state but the most popular venue is the Wisconsin State Fair.
In this instance two large scale models were needed to show two proposed highway alignments. The challenge being that, along with normal traffic, this highway bisects the Wood National Cemetery and handles the traffic from Miller Park home of the Milwaukee Brewers.
One of the alignments showed an extensive bi-level highway which minimized the footprint through the cemetery. The other alternative had a more conventional design with unique intersections.
In order to demonstrate the impact to the region the client wanted to show a large swath of land around the highway that included thousands of houses and businesses.
Time and money are always a concern so we designed two of the engineering models that showed off the highway corridor and highlighted the immediate buildings along with the Wood National Cemetery. The rest of the region was represented as aerial photos that attached to the models on all sides.

Engineering Scale Model Details

Each scale model was divided into two sections that when assembled were about 14′ long. Four large but very light panels could be secured to the outside of each model with the aerials printed on them. When assembled each model measured about 6′ x 14′. At the state fair, the models were lined up along a 30′ wall for the public to view and comment on.
There are several articles talking about the many decisions that were made using our models as demonstrative displays. Here are a couple of links if you are interested. The feedback that these extensive models provided was invaluable to the process.

Oil Rig Equipment Model for Court Case

Demonstrative Evidence for Personal Injury Case

Waltz Law had a problem with this personal injury case. Dick Waltz needed to demonstrate how a person could possible injure themselves while using this complex and heavy piece of equipment. A full sized physical model was needed in order to have all of the geometry easily demonstrated in the courtroom.

This is called a “Tongs” and is run using hydraulics. the center feet clamp onto a pipe and when the lever is pushed, the tool spins that pipe with a huge amount of force and torque.

Several elements of this models had to be moveable to show how the equipment operates. The doors opened and closed, the teeth rotated along with the entire top cover plate, also the activation lever had to function like the actual lever where it can be pushed in either direction and springs back to neutral. The entire model also had to be light weight while maintaining the look and geometry of the actual equipment.

We used different weights of urethane foam along with wood, metal and 3D printed parts to create this model. Care was taken to make all the dimensions accurate and to allow the movements to be easily manipulated. I won’t go into the details of the case since our job was to provide an accurate model that either side could use to make their arguments. Our client was very pleased with our work and wrote the following email to me:

“As I believe you know, this case settled last week. I cannot express how much I appreciated you and your staff’s hard work in designing and developing the exemplar power tongs. They were the proverbial “hit” at the courthouse in Greeley and were very useful during our opening statement and with the witnesses and Plaintiffs’ counsel. Enjoy your summer and I hope that we have an opportunity to work together again in the future.”

Another Scale Model for Lockheed Martin | Archetype 3D Scale Models

Scale Models can be top secret

We have constructed numerous display models for Lockheed Martin over the years. Unfortunately, Lockheed Martin works on many sensitive government projects and they are sensitive about me showing off top secret equipment. In order to avoid being thrown into the stockade, I have kept many of these really cool models to myself.

Models of existing existing equipment for trade shows

Luckily, the most recent archetype3d we have done for Lockheed Martin can be shown off because they are of equipment being used in airports and wind farms around the world. Check out the environmental models of the Wind Tracer! This is a cool device that airports use to identify dangerous wind conditions when airplanes are approaching the runway.

Small models sell big equipment

In order to show off the Wind Tracer while selling the technology to new markets, Lockheed Martin hired Archetype 3D to create several 3d scale models of this in three different scales in order to reach completely different venues.

Different scale models serve different purposes

One of the models is about 4″ across, a scale that is convenient for sales staff to carry with them to meetings or shows. We also built a larger version that is on display at the home office when it is not being used in a trade show setting. The smallest version is 1 centimeter across for use on an existing model of a wind farm to show relative scale.

This photo shows our model next to the actual Wind Tracer

Many scale model building techniques are used

Even a small model required many techniques to get right. Parts of this project were grown on our 3D printer. The main housing of this physical model though, was built from acrylic parts cut on our laser cutters. Brass fittings, screen material and custom paint were all needed to give this model a finished look.

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