What types of building information are best portrayed in 3D views? Which stakeholders require 2D views, and why?
2D views are very helpful for technical specialists who are concerned with one aspect of the building, e.g. constructors and electrical engineers. 3D views are helpful for those who are evaluating the building holistically, especially visually, that is, clients.
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 can be tempting to always take advantage of the pseudo-photo-realistic renderings that we see advertised in final design presentations. Realistic is always better, no? However, we must remember that all drawings (and yes of course, digital ones) are methods of communication whose formats send important cues themselves. A photorealistic rendering conveys an impression of finality that, if the design is still in its early stages, may give clients the wrong idea that the designer is not open to new ideas. By contrast, a sketchy rendering may communicate an openness to new ideas that is desirable in early design stages.
How can schedule views be used to assist with procurement and model-based estimating?
By keeping accurate track of the components that go into constructing and assembling the building, and dynamically at that (i.e. changing as the design inevitably changes) schedules can help rationalise the procurement of price estimation of these components.