How 3D models are used in the office
A 3D model has always been an essential tool in architectural practice, be it physical or computer generated. In the technologically charged world we live in today the development of 3D computer graphics has become an invaluable tool to many industries, including architectural practice. Technological advances have meant that we can now provide more realistic representations of designs, more accurately and efficiently. But what exactly is a 3D model and what are they used for?
In simple terms, 3-dimensional modelling is the process of developing a mathematical representation of any surface of an object in three dimensions via specialised software – the product is called a 3D model. This model can then be used for a number of applications to generate understanding and communication within the design process.
Here at McKevitt Architects, 3D models are used every day, at every stage of a project from its inception to completion. They are used as valuable design tools, allowing us to develop designs as well as accurate communication tools, as a way of providing information to clients, engineers, planners etc.
Within the office we often generate ‘massing models’ in the early stages of the design process. These simplistic models allow the design team, as well as the clients an opportunity to begin to accurately understand the scale & form of a proposed scheme. These models can then be developed to create realistic impressions of how a scheme may look upon completion, both internally and externally. An understanding of space, views from within certain spaces, how a project may impact on its contextual surroundings as well as, ideas of materiality and finishes are some of the major benefits of creating these 3D models.
It is extremely natural for us as human beings to understand 3D images over 2D representations which is exactly why we continue to use 3D modelling within the office.