BIMtopia_Logo

Design Options

BIM for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Curriculum

Exercise 2.3.1: Using Option Sets to Compare Building Envelope Design Alternatives

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Define option sets for the major design decisions and design options within each set.
  • Copy model elements into design options.
  • Experiment with design variations, by adding, deleting, or modifying the elements in each design option.
Figure 2.3.1 - Defining an option set and placing model elements into play

Video Tutorial



Student Exercise

Download Unit2_Lesson3_Exercise1_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit 
    • Create two new design options in the Auditorium option set to explore alternative designs for the auditorium space and building envelope.
    • Use these design options to illustrate two new proposed designs for the auditorium that vary key features of the building envelope, for example: 
      • Wall layout and materials
      • Window placement and glazing options
      • Roof design and materials

 

  • Create floor plan and 3D views showing each of the proposed design options for the auditorium, and place them on sheets.

 

Figure 2.3.2 - 3D view showing Option 2 for the auditorium

Exercise 2.3.2: Using Option Sets to Compare Interior and Room Design Alternatives

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Define option sets for the interior design alternatives and creating design options within each set.
  • Experiment with interior design variations, by adding, deleting, or modifying the elements in each design option. 
  • Accept a chosen design option and discarding the remaining options.
Figure 2.3.3 - Changing interior furniture layouts for Option 2

Video Tutorial



Student Exercise

Download Unit2_Lesson3_Exercise2_Start.zip: Imperial or Metric
Revit
  • Create a new option set for the north end of Building 3 and three design options in it.
  • Add the currently defined interior wall elements and all furniture in this area to the set and choose only design Option 1.
  • Switch the plan view to show Design Option 2 and create a new layout that illustrates the use of this area as a computer-training center with workstations and desks.
  • Switch the plan view to show Design Option 3 and create another layout that proposes a design for a new student lounge in this area. 
  • Duplicate the plan view to create three views and set the visibility/graphic overrides to show each of the design options in a separate view.  
  • Crop and scale the plan views to highlight the option set area. Place those views on sheets.

 

Figure 2.3.4 -Interior model elements added to Option 1 of Interior Fit out Option Set