There are some wonderful tools out there that can really revolutionize the way that you think about design, and which have a lot of potential to change the way industries operate. 3D modelling of your next building project is such a thing.
Anything that breathes life into something that would otherwise be static and require too much imagination on the part of the viewer can be problematic. 3D modelling takes that idea and shows you what the reality would be.
It Allows More Creative Room
The ease of use that comes with the programs that are used to create 3D models frees up a lot of time for the architect who is working on your project, and the same is going to be true for anyone else that is involved.
With the program able to do the heavy lifting on the technical aspects of the modelling, the architect can spend more time on the design. A lot of features of the program are going to make it so that the architect can swap out different parts of the design and move them around a lot easier than they would with traditional blueprints, or if they were using physical models.
It also means that throughout the entire process their ability to respond to any changes that need to be made are a lot more instantaneous. You will be able to see more clearly how ideas translate into a real world setting and it may suggest to you things that you might never have seen looking at a blueprint or a static model.
You Have Easily Shareable Designs
How easy is it to share designs using a traditional method? When you have the blueprints there, how easy is it for someone to visualize exactly what you are talking about? An architect is going to have a high level of literacy when it comes to looking at plans and understanding how that might look in the real world, but it is likely that anyone who is not in the industry is going to be more a of a layman, and may not be able to fully understand and communicate about the scope of what they are looking at.
The ideas, when presented in 3D are something that you are going to be able to look at and better communicate to your architect and engineers about. They are more easily shareable in this sense.
Being digital they are also easy to share in the sense that you can send them to someone and carry them around on a thumbdrive. You aren’t going to have to unroll multiple blueprints, and you aren’t going to have to carry around a physical model either. You can provide feedback much easier.
You Can Identify Problems Earlier
When you are looking at something in 2D, or you have a model, which you cannot do a virtual walk through on, there may feasibly be things that you miss.
When you can rotate through the 3D space you can explore the building as if it were already built, and you are going to be able to bring in different people who may be responsible for the activities that take part in different parts of the building and survey them as to whether the current layout works. These experts in their various fields may spot things that you, not being on the floor, and your architect not working in your specific industry, may miss.
Troubleshooting before building is going to save a lot of time and money. You are going to be able to construct a building that represents the needs and demands of every person and activity that occurs within it much more easily. It is much better not making the mistake than having to fix it later.
Team Collaboration Is Easier
When using traditional methods a lot of the work could take longer because only one person could work on their part of the project at a time. While you are designing the building, there may be work still going on to secure funding for each and every part of the project, and being able to give cost projections to finances is going to be invaluable.
Time projection and project management are made so much easier with 3D modelling, and this makes it simpler to hit targets when the project gets going, so that you work better to make sure it comes in on time and on budget.
It also makes the whole process of shepherding the design through from original idea to fully realized project much easier because it can be changed as needed, and it can be updated in real time, so everyone who is concerned can see the results of the work that is being done.
You Get To Experience The Building Before Its Built
The building is obviously being constructed for a particular reason – you may be expanding, or there may be some changes to the industry that require you to upgrade or retool your space. As well as changing the way that the space flows, and the way that people operate within it, there may be secondary considerations that develop out of the demands of the new building.
Being able to experience these things through the model means that you can identify what these challenges are. They may not be problems, just things you hadn’t had cause to think of with your old building.
It’s like having a walk-through before you’ve even broken ground, and all of the logistics aside, anyone who had questions or hadn’t quite understood the vision will get it.
Touring people through a space where you are planning on holding events, or where you want to demonstrate the new scale on which you will be able to operate is simple with a 3D model.
It Helps Selling The Project
It can be the case with any project that not everyone that is involved in it is one hundred percent sold on the idea. People may be able to think with statistics and profit margins, but not see that the way their building is constructed can contribute to and amplify that.
Your 3D model fleshes out the idea into something that can be experienced. You can project how many machines will fit into a space, how many people might be able to work in an area; or if you are looking at a place for audiences for instance, how that space might interact with them.
The versatility of 3D modelling means that if you have a question about your building project it can be answered, and that answer will be fully illustrated, not just some abstract notion that someone has to accept on face value.
If you have to sell the project to someone, making it more real is the best way to go.
It Speeds Everything Up & Saves Money
As you can see, everything is simpler with a 3D model, but one of the most attractive aspects of it, for someone who may be looking at it from an ROI standpoint, is that it makes things quicker.
If the architect can design quicker and make changes more easily that saves time. If he can get with engineers and anyone else that needs to be consulted with, and show them what parts of the building they need to see it is more expedient.
You are spotting problems sooner, so you are going to be able to have all your ducks in a row when it comes to actually moving forward on the construction, again cutting down errors and fixes needed.
The ability to bring everyone up to speed and have them see what the fully realized project is going to be is going to make explaining what you are doing to everyone a cakewalk, which is going to make the project run more smoothly.
Can Make Getting Permits Easier
If you aren’t sold already, then just imagine how easy it is going to be to get your permits when you can show those responsible for granting them how your project will impact the local area, and what they can expect from it.
In the same way that the 3D model will help to expedite many processes within your company, because it makes the whole thing easy to see, it will do the same for anyone outside that you have to deal with as well.
How does your design impact the local environment? Well, that can be modelled as well. As already stated, whatever questions you need to explore can be played out in this 3D space and handled before you ever get close to construction.
Anything that gets flagged up at any stage of the project is that much more convenient to change, and you are going to be handle any objections easily. Find out how you can get more from Cochran.
As you can see, the benefits of a 3D model of your next building project are inestimable. It really is a great example of how technology can translate existing practices within an industry into something that encapsulates all the best aspects of that practice, and none of the bad aspects.
You can save time and money, and you can present your idea in such a way that, by making it so people can see what it will look like complete, you capture their imaginations. Your building project is ready to leap off the drawing board.