3D Computer Modelling
With an investment in the 100’s of thousands, if not millions, being sure that early design decisions are based on a clear understanding of what the final outcome is likely to be eliminates the gamble of finding out after construction is under way when modifications become prohibitively expensive.
Traditional 2D drafting gave little real indication of the bulk and form of the building or how the internal spaces felt or flowed.
The introduction of 3D modelling of building structures in computers has enabled the client/layman to much more clearly understand how the building will look and fit with their needs and wishes. It becomes very easy to create views, even walkthroughs, of the exterior and interior from any point and the cutting of sections through any part of the building can be accomplished with ease.
This modelling process allows changes to be made much later into the documentation process as all plans, elevations and sections are updated automatically as the model is developed unlike 2D electronic drawings or hard copy hand drawn plans that, due to the preparation time, needed to be commenced early in the process and required laborious individual up-dating when changes occur.
This 3D concept allows the production of explicit 3D views for builders and trades quotes, removing the “unknown” elements and associated mainly unnecessary, cost allowances from their tenders.
3D modelling has developed into Building Information Modelling (BIM) and with the right selection and data input enormous amounts of information can be made available to builders and trade sub-contractors for accurate quoting.
If you would like to see how this process works, contact me and I’ll happily send you a 3D model of any of the houses on this website. All you need is a free viewer from Autodesk at this link: http://www.autodesk.co.uk/adsk/servlet/pc/index?siteID=452932&id=16821695. Please note, this is third party software hosted externally.
Download the program – be aware that it is a large file – and you can view any 3D model or drawings produced in Revit, Autodesk’s 3D modeling and BIM Software.