Points to Ponder Responses

Emma Bowers
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Module 4 - Points to Ponder
Please share your comments on 3 of the following Points to Ponder questions. (Choose 3 of the questions below.)

What types of building information are best portrayed in 3D views?

Presentation graphics and public displays work best with a 3D view because they are the most likely formats to be encountered by people without a background in architecture or construction. These views are more immediately comprehensible and give a sense of what the finished project will look like. Contractors and construction workers require 2D drawings to do their job correctly; they can’t base dimensions off a 3D view, at least not easily. City planning departments also require 2D drawings.

Give examples of how the building information for a specific location in the project needs to be filtered for different audiences and purposes?

Should your design ideas always be conveyed through photorealistic renders?

Sometimes, a less polished, sketchier drawing can convey a sense of freedom in the design. Even though renderings are not difficult to produce in Revit, a client may see a sophisticated-looking image and wrongly assume the design can no longer be changed. A 3D view made to look as if it were hand-drawn can assuage a client’s fears about it being too late to change a design. However, once the client is satisfied with the design, a photorealistic render can be very exciting for them because they get to envision what the project will actually look like.

Name some applications where viewing the building and model information in virtual reality or augmented reality would be most beneficial?

  • Are there advantages to using a C.A.V.E as a virtual environment versus VR headsets?

How can schedule views be used to assist with procurement and model-based estimating?

Schedule views can be beneficial to a project for financial, timing, and energy calculations. Seeing the exact total of components needed to complete the project allows contractors, architects, and owners to produce a budget and decide on materials. Knowing what needs to be ordered can help them budget time (some items, especially specialty items, may take longer to ship). Factors like the glazing area of all the windows in the project could be useful for energy calculations, and having a schedule that responds to changes in the model allows architects to tweak the design to optimize energy performance.