Module 4 - Points to Ponder

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Jianqi Xue
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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?

3D views not only provide most stakeholders with better visualization experience, but also help designers to improve the design efficiency. The building’s physical structure and how it looks like in real life, as well as placements of specific components, such as furniture, doors, and windows, are easily displayed in the 3D views. Meanwhile, 3D workthrough is an important function that can present any design conflicts or inconsistencies that may not readily see in 2D by checking the model from different angles.

However, contractors may need 2D views when they start building. Annotations are clearer on 2D drawings, which identify the dimensions and relative distances. When contractors or subcontractors are only interested in the simplified measurements, 2D views allows them to find certain data quickly and bypass the unnecessary 3D measurements.

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

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?

It is not necessary to render your design every time unless you want to present the best visualization of your design to your audience. It highly depends on the design stage that you are at. For example, at the stages of schematic or conceptual designs, stakeholders are not much interested in the details of your design. Therefore, sketchy drawings are good enough for the presentation. With the design gets developed, you are supposed to put more details in your design, and it is helpful to present it in a rendering view. If you render your design in an early stage, it brings little freshness or delicacy to the stakeholder.

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 play an important role in cost control. Based on the schedules, designers can generate a cost estimation in the early design stage. Also, the cost estimation is easily updated when there is a change made to the design. With the use of schedules, you can extract quantities of interested components. At the same time, you can assign costs of different materials or components and obtain the total costs in Revit.

Schedules can assist with procurement as well. You can forecast procurement schedules and prevent any delays caused by last minute orders.