Module 4 - Points to Ponder

Ethan Chiu
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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?

  • Which stakeholders require 2D views, and why?

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?

Design ideas shouldn't always be conveyed through photorealistic renders. That is so because these renders take time and are inefficient for preliminary models where different room layouts and floor plans are being considered and constantly changing.

As the design matures, the level of detail in the rendering will naturally increase. It is important for preliminary designs to have lower levels of detail so that engineers, architects, clients, etc. can make quick changes and markup the model. If the level of detail is too high, it would discourage this kind of collaboration and markup stage of the design.

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

Viewing the building model information in virtual reality is helpful for clients to see a possible finished product while still being able to make changes. In virtual reality, engineers, owners, contractors, etc. could observe how different buildings interact and make sure that every placement makes sense physically before construction begins.

Currently Professor Billington is implementing building models in virtual reality to survey occupant well-being when different materials are changed. This is another practical application of building models in VR.

Using a C.A.V.E. environment will allow a user to understand the dimensions of the space since the size of the room would be scaled properly. In VR, users would be limited by the space of their immediate surroundings and have to rely on headsets and controllers but the C.A.V.E. environment avoids this issue.

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

Schedule views organize different building components into lists and can provide quantities and calculations of sizes of particular elements. If you know how much glass you need for windows, you can quickly get a quote for the cost of the windows which will expedite the procurement process. These schedules automatically update as the model changes providing accurate quantities during the whole design process taking care of quantity estimates which allow for costs to be calculated and factories to have an estimate of how much material will be needed.