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Comparison of Architectural Modeling

By Dave Bozell, Clark Cory and William Meador


Residential design and construction relies heavily on construction documentation to convey not only form and function, but also to aid in the estimation and marketing of the structure. If done with traditional methods, residential design and construction require many people and hours to gather the data in useful forms. The traditional documents that are necessary for the construction processes are the estimate, bill of material and construction documents. Furthermore, technology is providing marketing alternatives such as three-dimensional models for visualization, simulation and spatial analysis. In today’s extremely competitive construction market, it is logical to identify ways to combine tasks, save time and furthermore, save money. The advent of Computer Aided Design in the construction process has saved an abundance of time and energy, but these tools are not being utilized to their full potential. Some designers and architects are simply trading in their board and T-square for a mouse and a monitor, but the idea of a computer is to advance current practices, not just be an alternative method. The computer, if utilized correctly, can create not only the traditional two-dimensional data, but also three-dimensional data that can provide construction documentation and marketing requirements. The availability of multiple AEC products can make it very hard for the user to select the correct application for their company. This leads us to research in the comparison of the products available. In this paper, we have chosen to compare and contrast “geometric modelers ” versus “parametric modelers ” to show the benefits of each type of software

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