Module 7 - Points to Ponder

May Aye
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Module 7 - Points to Ponder
Please share your comments on 3 of the following Points to Ponder questions. (Choose 3 of the questions below.)

Which types of structural framing systems and materials are most commonly used in the US for residences? For office buildings?

What factors determine why these are the most used materials?

Why do different teams of designers and subcontractors link and share their models during the design process? 

What are the advantages of linking models?

Are there any disadvantages to linking models?

Advantages of linking models allow for design coordination and finding clashes. During the design process, knowing the parameters and thinking process of other parties can lead to a successful and efficient design process. Disadvantages could be that if there are aspects of the design that the designer wants to keep to themselves, they can't?

How do you think design coordination was done before we started using digital models? 

What advantages does doing this coordination digitally have over previous methods?

I think design coordination before digital models consists of many layers of paper or transparent papers. These layers could be stacked with one another to find clashes and problems. However, digitally this process will be faster and more reliable since we can be sure we wouldn't miss any clashes or problems between designs.

What strategies can design teams use to find and avoid clashes prior to the start of construction? 

What can be done besides sharing the models digitally?

At what point in the project development process should design coordination start? 

Is it ever too early?

Design coordination should start when the rough architectural draft is completed as well as the structural. Too early of a coordination can produce unnecessary information that would have been solved with further detailing of the drafts.