Xuhuan Zhao
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Module 7 - Points to Ponder
Please share your comments on 3 of the following Points to Ponder questions. (Choose 3 of the questions below.)

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?

So they can collaborate together on one project instead of keep track of which version of the design they should continue to work on. The disadvantage to the linked model is that they cannot work on the same piece of the component at the same time.

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?

Traditionally, engineers would overlap the architectural drawings and structural drawings to find the clashes. Nowadays, there are a lot more options to run clash detection to avoid rework during construction. One of which is Navisworks Manage by autodesk.

At what point in the project development process should design coordination start? 

Is it ever too early?

I think it should start after the developer accepts the architectural preliminary design and the designer has a pretty final version of the design. Otherwise, it would be a waste of time to keep revising the structural, or MEP designs to keep up with the architectural design.