Those involved in the design side of the buildings industry have long relied on drawings and models of their projects to help them visualize their work to its full extent. Unfortunately, simple drawings and even 2D computer-aided design (CAD) models cannot always provide them with the accuracy and speed that is needed in order to be able to complete projects on time. Or, even to find the required solutions to any challenging problems that they might come across.
This where 3D modeling comes into its own. Used by architects and other professionals in the buildings industry for many years, it offers the perfect way to improve the efficiency and also the aesthetics of any design that they produce.
What is 3D modeling?
3D modeling is the process which is used to create a proper mathematical representation of any 3-dimensional shape or object. It is a concept widely used in many industries. 3D models are created using software and are a fantastic tool that is used for visualizing, simulating and rendering graphic designs. These 3D models offer some huge benefits in the construction industry, both to designer and client.
The most obvious benefit of 3D CAD services to the construction industry is of course that no matter how detailed and well-drawn architectural drawings are it is still not possible to actually look at a building from all angles. Unfortunately, 2D drawings of this nature can only show so much detail while the rest is something that individuals need to be able to envisage for themselves. A 3D model will allow people to look at a building from every angle, including from above, see all the detail and most importantly see any potential flaws that there are that are simply not as easy to visualize in a drawing.
Being able to see these flaws is not a bad thing. Far from it – they allow architects to tweak their designs to compensate for any issues that hadn’t been noticed on paper.
3D also allows your clients to visualize the end product far more efficiently than when faced with a drawing. You can help them to understand the structure within the context of its surrounding space. The addition of the surrounding landscape is quickly done and can really alter the way in which you present a design to your client.
With 3D modeling, you can even visualize textures. The degree of realism that you get is simply unbeatable. If you are designing for a client who maybe isn’t sure of what they want, giving them this level of detail makes it easier for them to see what they are getting and in turn be more excited about a project.
There is no denying that the use of 3D modeling in the construction industry has brought with it really significant benefits. Not only does it bring models to life which can really help to make a deal, but it actually speeds up the design process. It also enables designers and architects to consider different ideas and identify any issues before a design has really got off the ground and more importantly before it has reached a client. Putting the pieces of a design puzzle together in this way offers designers an opportunity that can ultimately save them a considerable amount of time in the future and of course save their clients money in the long term.