What types of building information are best portrayed in 3D views?
- Which stakeholders require 2D views, and why?
Give examples of how the building information for a specific location in the project needs to be filtered for different audiences and purposes?
Showing all building components in a single view will most often create a drawing that is overwhelming, unclear, and ineffective. Buildings are made up of multiple layers of materials, pieces of furniture, structural elements, systems and networks (e.g. plumbing, electrical, gas), etc. and not all stakeholders are interested in knowing the details of all of these. I most instances, the information for a specific location in the project should be filtered to only show what's important for the relevant audience. For example, if the intention is to provide information to the plumber on the elements he or she will need to install, any non-relevant information (such as the location of carpet or lighting fixtures) should be removed.
Should your design ideas always be conveyed through photorealistic renders?
- How does the level of detail in the rendering and its presentation affect the perception of stakeholders reviewing your design?
Name some applications where viewing the building and model information in virtual reality or augmented reality would be most beneficial?
- Are there advantages to using a C.A.V.E as a virtual environment versus VR headsets?
The capabilities of virtual reality are being amplified quickly, which is pushing for more and more applications of these technologies in the design and build process. Some instances where virtual or augmented reality are very useful include:
- coordination with teams that are geographically distant
- presenting a concept to non-technical stakeholders to help them gain a visual of the design
- effective presentations in sales rooms where the owner is seeking tenants for a new building
- making annotations in digital models during a quality control site walkthrough
C.A.V.E. environments, while somewhat more difficult to set up due to additional space requirements, can be highly effective in allowing a potential tenant or a building owner to 'feel' the designed space before it is constructed.
How can schedule views be used to assist with procurement and model-based estimating?
Schedule views can be extremely helpful in assisting with procurement and estimating quantities because they provide a living snapshot of the materials being used in the model. As the model changes, so do the schedule views so these are always up to date with quantities, types, locations, etc. of building elements. Schedule views are a wonderful source of information for anyone involved in procuring materials or estimating cost for the job.