Which types of structural framing systems and materials are most commonly used in the US for residences? For office buildings?
What factors determine why these are the most used materials?
Why do different teams of designers and subcontractors link and share their models during the design process?
What are the advantages of linking models?
Are there any disadvantages to linking models?
When linking your models, you can work based off of previous ideas without having to change the original design. Or you can add more through the structural frame and analytics. Different teams link and share their models to show the different systems that go within a building. Such as the frame, plumbing, HVAC, etc. Some disadvantages to linking models would be wanting to make a permanent change to the previous model and having to go to the original file.
How do you think design coordination was done before we started using digital models?
What advantages does doing this coordination digitally have over previous methods?
What strategies can design teams use to find and avoid clashes prior to the start of construction?
What can be done besides sharing the models digitally?
Clear communication between the teams can help avoid clashes early on. When each team communicates what they want to do with the project early on, it an set a precedence for the entire project. Establishing limits to the design can bridge the gap between the creative design and other components of the project.
At what point in the project development process should design coordination start?
Is it ever too early?
You should start design coordination at the very beginning. I do not believe that it ever too early because the design coordination can tell the buildability between the designers and subcontractors plan. When you have everything synced up and figured out in the beginning, you can see the limitations of the design.