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How to Choose and Use Modeling Software


The scope and complexity of building design projects is broad, and there are many modeling software tools that a project team must choose from as they perform analysis and calculations, collaborate across disciplines and trades, produce construction documents and ultimately aid in the management of a building.

However, it’s critical to define project team members’ responsibilities and building performance goals, as this will determine which modeling software tools should be used, how to use them and their limitations. These tools include, but are not limited to, building information modeling, energy models and daylighting models.

These modeling tools are broadly used in the architecture, engineering and construction industry and have evolved to impact the way buildings are designed, built and operated.

In a recent article for Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Clark Denson, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C, and Abe Morris explore how to choose the best modeling software for a specific project and how to best leverage modeling software for a successful project.

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