Module 7 - Points to Ponder

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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?

Linking a model has multiple advantages. First of all, linking allows multiple individuals to work on the same project. It also allows for easier communicaiton of building plans and how the archtectural plans interact with the structural ones. Individuals with access to a linked model can build off of the same design and ensures that modifications to one document will be portrayed in the other document. For example, modifications to the structural plans will appear in the architectural plans.

Are there any disadvantages to linking models?

Occasionally the views presented in each model interact with one another in odd ways when linked. Also, one have to ensure that they are continuously saving and applying their modifications so that all individuals are working on the most up to date version of the project.

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?

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?

The following can be done to ensure a smooth start to construction:

  • In-person meetings can be organised so that people can communicate potential issues that may arise in their area of expertise and to ask any questions that they may have.
  • Collaboration between the architects and the designers during the entire design process.
  • The integration of contractors into the desisgn process so that their input and expertise can be recieved.
  • Allow all individuals involved access to the plans so that they have a full understanding of the project.

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

Is it ever too early to begin the coordination process?

In my opinion collaboration needs to starts as soon as possible. Ideally, once the architects have gone through idea development and the rudimentary design process, the engineers and contractors should be brought into the project. This allows for the engineers and contracts to have important input in the design process that will result in less problems later on in design iteration and construction.