How to input and shape an inground pool in a garden using a BIM software

When designing an inground swimming pool, one of the most important factors, consists in correctly evaluating the available spaces, the soil characteristics, sun exposure, etc. Then of course there are other issues regarding the possibility of having access to other outdoor facilities; a relaxation area, solarium, outdoor showers and bathrooms, etc.
All these aspects were appropriately addressed by the “A-cero” architectural design firm based in Madrid and the outdoor pool for a single-family residence called “Park House”.

Using a BIM software we’ll see how some of these issues have been addressed. The BIM software Edificius, can also be used for modelling and simulating design solutions for the external areas relating to an architectural project.
It’s quite easy to see that “Park House residence” is characterized by a very large and well-kept garden. The choice of the pool design was so that it could be adjacent to the covered patio. From here, in fact, access to the relaxation area and solarium is immediate and also provides appropriate accommodation for other facilities such as the outdoor shower.

Positioning the pool as a BIM object and defining the earthworks

Working within the terrain modelling environment we can see how simple and straightforward it is to insert the pool object inside the delimited area by using the parallel guideline drawing aids. The program is now setting the new pool object into position but is also automatically “excavating” and calculating the volume of soil that is being removed.

Sizing the BIM Object

Now we can adjust the size and shape of the pool and assign its geometric details such as depth, width, etc., so as to complete modelling in a very ordered and precise manner.

Completing the model with other BIM objects and use of SketchUp with the Edificius BIM software

The pool is now correctly in place and ready for the next step. First we need to finish the bottom slabs including a stairs with a landing and inclined slab objects, both available in Edificius.

For the backfill area beneath, we can even proceed with SketchUp to create a 3D block by means of a seamless integration process that connects Edificius with SketchUp.


Now we have the finished model having perfectly integrated the new swimming pool in the Park House garden area.

Next week we’ll be seeing further aspects that deal with the creation, modeling and integration of detailing elements using a BIM software.

Click here to download Edificius, the architectural BIM design software