Performance Based Conceptual Design with Vasari and Revit

Using analytical tools early in the conceptual design phase can facilitate more informed design decisions. Learn how to use Autodesk® Vasari as a tool for iteratively creating and comparing conceptual designs with analysis.

Year Published: 
2014

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Performance Based Conceptual Design and Analysis

Performance Based Conceptual Design and Analysis

Designing with BIM tools is a process that can be approached with several different strategies. The first unit, Basic BIM Modeling, walks you through the basics of modeling in BIM with objects like walls, windows, floors and roofs. This unit outlines a different approach where a conceptual mass is created to study design options before building a detailed BIM model. 

Program, Site and Set Up

Program, Site and Set Up

At the point students start working in Autodesk® Project Vasari they should already have a few sketches of ideas for the campus. They should have a conceptual basis for the design, notebook sketches and ideas

Parametric Modeling with Design Options

Parametric Modeling with Design Options

You now have a basic sketch of what the building may look like, but the next step is to experiment with the form and explore many possibilities. To use all of the modeling options, parameters and design options are necessary for quick changes. In this lesson you will study variations of sizes for the residential tower and options for adding temporary units in the future.

Exploring Options through Analysis

Exploring Options through Analysis

This Lesson will focus on the façades of the main building of the campus using solar analysis tools as well as specifying conceptual materials, program, and usage. It will concentrate on the exterior envelope mainly in order to decrease solar gain, shade spaces, and learn more about how to lower energy usage.

Pattern Based Families

Pattern Based Families

After setting up and analyzing a series of Conceptual Energy models students have learned about the ways in which the environment and conceptual material applications affect the energy performance of the design. The next step is to create a parametric façade element in response to the Energy Results. Create a new adaptive component family and assign its parameters differently based on solar exposure. This step can be adapted and changed if earlier steps evolve later or are changed post-facto.

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Autodesk Education