Today, Pat Callahan went over design options and third party software.
Design Options help to Schedule, Quantify and Visualize different designs within a building
Schedule – In order to provide a comparison of two design options, you can schedule both options and have a comparison of costs, materials, and labor in order to give the client a better idea of what goes on in the design
Quantify – Like scheduling, you can account for exactly what you need and how much you need of it in order to implement the different designs
Visualize – Main element that the client will be interested in, in seeing the different designs and being able to compare them
Third Party Software
Third party software are the analysis tools which takes databases produced in Revit and analyzes that information. Especs is the software which takes information from Revit to compile the Specs of the project. Innovaya is the cost estimating software which utilizes types and amounts of materials in order to produce a cost estimate. There are also programs which compute energy analysis, structural analysis, and mep analysis.