Linh Dan Do
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Module 9 - Points to Ponder
Please share your comments on 3 of the following Points to Ponder questions. (Choose 3 of the questions below.)

Can you guarantee that the completed building will match the performance predicted by the analysis in its day-to-day operations?

Why or why not?

When choosing settings for each of the building performance factors, should you always choose the setting that gives the absolute lowest predicted energy use?

How can you use Insight feedback to make design choices regarding materials, lightning, PV, etc.?

4D simulations are often used to show the construction sequence for an entire project, but shorter simulations that focus on a specific period of time are also useful. Can you provide examples of how a simulation that focuses on a 1 or 2 week period could be useful for planning?

Simulations that focus on 1 or 2 week period can be useful when looking at the hour by hour of the operation. For example, in my 4D simulation, I was building my columns and structural walls at the same time. Holistically, it looked okay but there were columns that went into the beam. So by having specific periods, you can focus on the actual elements themselves instead of the category.

What level of detail should be included in a 4D simulation?

Should you include all of the elements in the building model?

How can the feedback shown in a 4D simulation help you to optimize the project schedule?

What are the main benefits of linking model elements to the project schedule?

Linking the model elements to the project schedule can help synchronize with any updates you make to the model. You can change the timeline of the element when you link it to the schedule. Looking out how the project will be executed can help visualize mistakes or less efficient methods that would have been unseen without the simulation. Additionally, the simulation can help other stakeholders and engineers on the project be on the same page.

How can model-based quantity takeoff improve the design process?

How can designers improve their designs using the information provided by preliminary estimates of the cost of building their design ideas?

Sometimes the materials they use are estimated to cost less than it is predicted and allows the designer more freedom in that aspect. Additionally, the cost could be more than anticipated and force the designer to scale back on their design and find a more efficient design. Lastly, the cost estimate can the designer and engineer to align their expectations and efficiency.