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    Facade refurbishment project

    Client needs a schematic design / presentation for a facade refurbishment on a huge building (thermal power plant).
    The scope of the refurbishment is only part of the whole building. Lots of existing pipes is penetrating through the facade.
    Existing documentation is insufficient (one elevation, one floor plan, some structural drawings). On-site measuring is not in the budget, but we are expecting it in future phases.
    Goal is to deliver three version of schematic design in order for client to make decision based on technology, design and costs.

    We considered using Acad, Sketchup or Revit. For me, Sketchup is ruled out being a one-way ticket: beside the initial speed, when we move to the next phase, we'll have to start all over. Also, dimensioning, printing in scale, textures fine tuning etc. is not as we got used in a real CAD or BIM software.
    Speaking Acad,... well maybe I'm wrong, but I don't feel right going back to it without a good reason.

    So, our plan is to model curtain walls (based on existing elevation) for needed parts of the building (without any other walls, floors etc.) and model pipes as in-place models (in Revit, of course).

    Did anyone had a similar task in the past? Is there any hidden trap in proposed workflow?

    Any advice or suggestion is welcome.

    Thanks in advance.

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    At this early stage, isn't it faster to model the existing by mass?
    And then use Design Options to see 3 versions. Why do you need curtain wall?

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    We would like to set some kind of pattern on the surface - several grids with different finishes inside of each one - probably different corrugated sheet metal panels. Curtain wall seems much more controllable in that sense. Besides, we are not much experienced in masses.

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    Ok, you're right. I understood you wanted to model existing with CW.

    You may model a mass as the existing building, and create then a curtain wall system by faces. But at this point, I'm no longer an expert.

    Wait and see for some CW guru.

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