What are the primary goals of creating a building model? Who are the key stakeholders?
- What do they need?
- What do they care about most?
The primary goal for creating a building model is to provide the key stakeholders with a single point of reference for the project. Key stakeholders include clients, contractors, inspectors, investors, and government officials. Having a building model that each party can review and provide comments on allows the process to run smoothly and efficiently. Each stakeholder group needs and cares about different information such as clients wanting a complete building render or contractors needing building specs.
Many door and window manufacturers provide Revit families for doors and windows that you can specify for your building design.
- What is the advantage to manufacturers for providing these families? (it's not free to create and provide them...)
- What is the benefit to you as the designer of using these manufacturer-provided families? Is there an advantage to using them versus the families provided in the Revit library?
The advantage for manufacturers providing Revit families for doors and windows is that they are providing better information to their customers. This information allows customers to better see how that product would look implemented on their project. It also allows manufacturers to potentially get their foot in the door at the design phase rather than customers just choosing a placeholder. As a designer, you are able to provide your client with an exact model of the doors or windows which showcases a more accurate and professional design.
What are the advantages of getting the Revit component families (for furniture, equipment, and fittings) directly from the manufacturer versus from an online sharing website like RevitCity.com?
Getting the Revit component families directly from the manufacturer ensures that all the details and dimensions are correct. In addition, it may put more liability on the manufacturer if the product is different from what was expected. It ultimately allows the model to perfectly portray the product providing benefit to both manufacturer and customer.