During the schematic design (SD) phase, you interpret the site analysis (SA) data and develop the initial draft presentation of your design ideas. In this section, you will learn how to efficiently organize your model for rendering, sharing with consultants, exporting to other CAD programs, and preparing for construction documents.
Now that you’ve collected all the data during the SA phase, it’s time to utilize it. In this section, you’ll further develop the 3D as-built model and transform it into a design model. Working with existing conditions lends itself to precise modeling. If you are working from an accurate as-built, there is no need to convolute it with new inaccurate “sketchy” geometry. Stick with the plan and continue to treat this model as a pristine, accurate, and organized model.
Proposed Conditions Model
The proposed conditions model is where you will demolish select existing conditions and add your new design. At this point, having a complete existing conditions model is imperative. In the future, any changes you make to the existing conditions model will need to be duplicated in your new proposed conditions model. So make sure you take the time to accurately finish the as-built model. When you are ready to transition your existing conditions model to a proposed conditions model, just follow these steps: