Creating and Comparing Conceptual Estimates

This video demonstrates how to create and compare conceptual estimates using the Autodesk Revit platform. The video shows techniques for: using conceptual mass families to model design alternatives; adding parameters to quickly model size and shape variations; using mass floors to quantify key metrics; scheduling and summing mass floor areas; using simple formulas to estimate project cost.

Exercise 7.3.1: Creating and Comparing Conceptual Estimates

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

    • Create conceptual mass families to quickly model conceptual design alternatives.
    • Add parametric controls to dynamically flex the mass size and shape.
    • Use mass floors to divide a mass form into floor levels and quantify key metrics (area, perimeter, and volume) for each level.
    • Schedule and total mass floor areas.
    • Add parameters and simple formulas to compute conceptual cost estimates.

Student Exercise

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    • Create a conceptual cost estimate for the conceptual mass model contained in the dataset.  

o    Divide the conceptual mass into mass floors with a 12-foot floor-to-floor height.

o    Create a schedule of the mass floors and calculate the total area available.

o    Add a calculated value parameter to compute a cost estimate for each floor and the total conceptual cost for the entire building based on the areas enclosed.

    • Duplicate the previous estimate and adjust the copy to allow you to refine the estimate on a floor-by-floor basis:   

o    Add a shared parameter to assign a function to each of the mass floors.

o    Update the schedule to use different costs per square foot based on the function assigned to each mass floor.

o    Add a calculated value to the schedule to compute a conceptual cost for each mass floor based on the function specified.

 

    • Add parametric control to the conceptual mass to enable you to quickly test different configurations and see the impact on the conceptual estimate.  

o    Edit the conceptual mass family and add parameters to quickly change the length, width, and height of the mass.

o    Reload the mass family into your project and flex the new parameters to see the impact on the conceptual cost estimate.

o    Set up design options to enable you to test and display conceptual estimates for three different length/width/height configurations.

 

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