Reflective Journal Week 13: Graduation Pitch

Start of Week 13

29th of May, 2017

This semester in our Digital Collaboration Studios we have worked with each other to successfully complete an applied research project collaboratively. Through the process of the pavilion development we tried to speculate a potential project which we develop further in semester 2. In week 9 we submitted a “Rich Picture” which explains our research investigation and exploration along with a 1500 word essay with knowledge which we gathered through the duration of this semester. As you can see below is my Graduation Pitch Poster.

Graduation Project Poster

Graduation Project 
For my graduation project I wanted to do it on cost estimations. Initially I wanted to talk about flux and or different workflows but as the semester progressed I found that I wasn’t as fluent in that. After having a small meeting with Hank I decided to move forward from that and now for my project I want to develop further will talk about cost estimations.

This semester our whole focus was on the collaboration with our fellow classmates and develop a pavilion project, in where I a part of the BIM group. Some of my responsibilities included cost estimations for the entire project. While looking after some of the cost of our own project I was also digging myself at other projects, to actually see how they could relate. One good example would be the vivid light project which was done by the UNSW students last year and also looked around at a few more projects with similar cost brackets. I came to realize how important it is to stick to a certain plan and how the slightest change could result in a massive turn in a projects cost.

Nowadays when we think of a project, whatever kind of project this may be, the first thing we think about is the cost. A lot of the time we want the most from the least amount of money. My research will analyze the responses from clients, people and their satisfaction with the whole process of cost estimations along will a developed solution for smaller projects. I understand there are some packages out there such as Sigma Cost Estimations and others available directly through rhino or revit but the aim is to not only limit cost estimations for documentation and construction stage of any project but also estimations for —

  • Small scale art installations
  • Larger projects with elements such as retaining walls, flat works and or art installations
  • Examine how prices have changed over the years and how architecture has changed form conventional to non-conventional forms.
  • Residential projects, domestic projects, recreational projects

I feel their are values in obtaining a detailed cost estimation during design process other than it just being a tool for determining construction budget, My research will be thoroughly looked into in the upcoming few months.

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