Module 4 - Points to Ponder

Andrea Coto
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Module 4 - Points to Ponder
Please share your comments on 3 of the following Points to Ponder questions. (Choose 3 of the questions below.)

What types of building information are best portrayed in 3D views?

  • Which stakeholders require 2D views, and why?

There is a large amount of building information that can be best portrayed in 3D views depending on the type of model/project, for example: structural, architectural, MEP models, etc. In general, some of the details that can be best portrayed include architectural details, materials, colors, finishes, element location, etc. If the 3D model is attached to a geographical location, then we can also portray relevant information to the model in a specific weather setting.

Owners, contractors, designers, and even building operators might require 2D views at a certain point of the project. Owners or clients would typically ask designers to provide 2D views to understand the overall footprint of the project, some architectural features and some might be interested how all the beforementioned aspects interact with the topographic conditions of the job site. Contractors need 2D views that depict dimensions to better understand how to build the different elements of the project. Designers also work on 2D views and require them as a starting point to better visualize where features can be in the project, and finally, building operators require 2D views to keep track on where elements, for example: MEP, take place.

Give examples of how the building information for a specific location in the project needs to be filtered for different audiences and purposes?

As seen in the module 4 videos and practice models, there could be areas where different audiences might have special interests, so they can be filtered out in specific views. Here are two examples:

  1. Bathroom areas: contractors might require having a more detailed view of the different appliances to be installed as well as other requirements, for example: ADA certified bathroom dimensions.
  2. Ceiling and MEP features: contractors and building operators might be interested in having a close look to the MEP features within the ceilings, where they are placed to perform maintenance.

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?

How can schedule views be used to assist with procurement and model-based estimating?

Schedule views provide the advantage to know exactly the total areas or volumes from specific features, for example: walls, doors, and ceilings, etc. Therefore, having this information helps in the calculation of the total materials and their costs. Moreover, since schedule views are dynamic, even if we make changes in the model, these changes will be automatically display in the schedules helping cost estimators to have the latest information.