How much detail should you include in your building model? How do you decide?
- As you develop your initial design?
- As you develop your initial design the details are not as important as the overall structure and floor plan. I think that in the beginning phases, it will actually be detrimental to focus on the details as they will likely change.
- As you continue to iterate and develop on your design?
- After the plans are (for the most part) developed, that's when the details should be included. I think it's easier to slightly alter elements at this point then it is to include every detail at the beginning.
- What are the key stages?
- Conceptualization: What do you want to design and what is it for?
- Sketch Model/Initial Design: Rough outline of what you intend to create
- Modeling: At this step, details should begin to be included, however, importance is on modeling the structure of the building as a whole
- Presentation and Annotating: At this step all details should be included and defined
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
- Very little (if any) detail is required here, maybe just a note to include some R-value of walls or a specific load bearing capacity
- Preliminary design
- Details can begin to be tested out, however, focus should still be on the structure as a whole
- Design development
- Details should be incorporated and changed it needed
- Construction documentation
- Details are the most important part!
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 RevitCity.com?
Getting families directly from the manufacturer will most likely result in more accurate detailing of the component. The manufacturer knows the exact dimensions, materials, and aesthetics of the furniture and will be able to provide then with accuracy and detail then the person who is sharing the same component on a website.