Module 3 - Points to Ponder

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Daniel Diaz Salgado
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Module 3 - Points to Ponder
Please share your comments on 3 of the following Points to Ponder questions. (Choose 3 of the questions below.)

Why is it important to accurately model the land features of your project site with a toposurface?

  • What aspects of a building design are most affected by the terrain features?

It is essential for aesthetic, economic, and ecological reasons. The main objective of model land features should minimize the disturbance of existing landforms and features while taking advantage of the slopes and climate of the site.

The climate of the site is crucial and affects the ground elevation and the natural orientation of landforms. In addition, the plant materials on the site provide aesthetic and functional benefits in conserving energy, framing or screening views, moderating noise, retarding erosion, and visually connecting a building to its surroundings.

Why do stairs follow specific proportions with a set relationship between the tread length and riser height?

  • How can building modeling help prevent the mistakes that often occur when designing and installing stairs?

The stairs design has a specific relationship between tread length and riser height for safety measures for their users. Building Modeling is a reliable tool to prevent errors made by the designers; first, it is easy to calculate the distribution and numbers of risers and treads in the design stage. Second, it improves onsite presentation by providing a view of the preconstruction plan.

Describe a case when it would be worthwhile to create a new custom component in Revit… How do you decide when customize versus using readily available components?

It is worthwhile to create a custom component when your principal design has been accepted by the client and is the moment to show a more realistic representation of your idea. In my case, I did it based on the restrictions or components that I could not find on the internet or other sources; there was a moment when I needed a specific type of component, and the faster way was to model it in place.