Level Of Detail (LOD) for manufacturer product models


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The increasing adoption of BIM methods has created a need for increased level of detail in model components and for the possibility to adjust the level of detail according to project phase. To respond to this design need, MagiCAD has introduced geometrical Level Of Detail (LOD) to manufacturer product modelling. This means that manufacturers can now provide their products as BIM objects with adjustable LOD.

What is LOD?

LOD describes the geometry detail level of components in BIM model. There is no common standard for LOD and there are several different LOD definitions for design stages ranging from concept design to as-built.

Different phases of a BIM project have different requirements for geometric detail. Early stage design generally does not require detailed visualization and symbols or box-shapes are enough to convey approximate space requirements and provide optimal design performance. Later design phases demand increasingly sophisticated product geometry to accurately illustrate spaces and component relations.

LOD and manufacturer product modeling

MagiCAD LOD is the level of geometric detail in MagiCAD Cloud BIM objects. All new manufacturer content in MagiCAD Cloud will be modeled to support MagiCAD LOD levels. Existing content in MagiCAD Cloud can be upgraded to support LOD according to manufacturer orders.

We recommend manufacturers to upgrade their existing content to support LOD, either separately or in connection with content additions, as this will further increase its suitability and attractiveness to the design community.


LOD levels for manufacturer products in MagiCAD Cloud


MC LOD 200

Use: Concept design. Early-phase design intent. To optimise performance in complex designs.

Geometry: Box-shapes indicate approximate product geometry. Basic product information.

MC LOD 300

Use: Detailed design phases. Detailed geometry needed for design coordination, communication and decision-making.

Geometry: Geometry reflects general appearance of product without precise details. Full product information.

MC LOD 350

Use: Detailed design phases. Detailed visualisation needs. High level of accuracy required for illustrating details that affect construction and installation or communication towards other project parties.

Geometry: Highly detailed and accurate geometry. Full product information.