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Module 2 - Points to Ponder
Please share your comments on 3 of the following Points to Ponder questions. (Choose 3 of the 5 questions below.)

What are the primary goals of creating a building model? Who are the key stakeholders?

  • What do they need?
  • What do they care about most?

The primary goal is to fit the consumers goals and needs. Therefore, it depends on the precise needs of the customer. In this case, the primary purpose is to create a research field station with a storage space, work space, and a restroom. It is also important to maintain good natural lighting and saving electricity.

How much detail should you include in your building model? How do you decide?

  • As you develop your initial design?
  • As you continue to iterate and develop on your design?
  • What are the key stages?
  • And how much detail should you include at each stage?

How much detail should you include about the composition (layers, materials, thicknesses) of your wall, floor, and roof assemblies at different stages of your design process?

  • Conceptual design
  • Preliminary design
  • Design development
  • Construction documentation

I believe that detail is important in relation to the end goal. Of course, building a research station, you should account for the environment present due to insulation and electrical reasons. However, for this project we were not given the conditions of where the facility was built, leaving room for interpretation. As such, I chose my walls, floors, and assemblies based off of primary liking and how I personally believed my design should flow.

Many door and window manufacturers provide Revit families for doors and windows that you can specify for your building design.

  • What is the advantage to manufacturers for providing these families? (it's not free to create and provide them...)
  • What is the benefit to you as the designer of using these manufacturer-provided families? Is there an advantage to using them versus the families provided in the Revit library?

Manufacturers provide these designs in hopes of them used in the actual building design past Revit. Revit users can be realistic in using these real designs and can truly choose the most likely construction scenario. In return, the manufacturers have more construction companies using their designs and products.

What are the advantages of getting the Revit component families (for furniture, equipment, and fittings) directly from the manufacturer versus from an online sharing website like