3D modeling; the swiss army knife for developers and architects.

With Savills reporting remarkably high levels of activity in the UK housing market during the first week of August, 87% of surveyors reporting rising levels of new enquiries, and new mortgage approvals up to 60% of last year’s figure in June, this is a time for cautious investment.

With this in mind, I’m sharing seven amazing benefits of 3D modeling which demonstrate how this technology reduces your risks and protects your bottom line.

Easy to understand.

For experienced architects and engineers, visualising a building or its interior based on 2D architectural drawings may be easy.  For clients, investors, other team members or newer design professionals, imagination may not be so well developed and misunderstandings and missed opportunities may result. 3D modeling provides an accurate depiction of a finished project which can be immediately understood by everyone and viewed from any angle.

Persuading investors or clients that changes are necessary is much easier when you can show them the impact in  three dimensions.

3D offers a quick, easy and immediate way for designers to test paint colours, landscaping choices and interior design features. Your designer can even work their magic while you’re still waiting for approval from the planning committee.

At Walktrue we like to say that a 3D model speaks a thousand architectural drawings!

"A 3D model speaks a thousand architectural drawings!" Ben Collins quote on one of the benefits of 3D modeling.

Quick and accurate visualization.

Did you know that 3D modeling is able virtually to construct sites or structures faster than 2D drawings or models can?  It’s true, and that speed doesn’t sacrifice accuracy as 3D also offers the best design quality. With over 700,000 standard templates of mechanical components, designs are guaranteed to be on the money.

3D design is 45% faster, on average, than 2D design. That’s a lot of time and hourly rates saved!

With 3D laser scanning, professionals can also use data sets to create pin-point models of real spaces, giving you precise models without the time spent measuring and re-measuring structures or sites. More time saved!

Additionally, the entire design is in one place; no shuffling through blueprints to find the section you’re looking for: simply navigate to the location or room you’d like to see.

Spot design and drawing errors.

3D models act as a virtual, to-scale replica of your project giving you the ability to test stress factors and tolerances before committing to a design. Architects and engineers can test what-if scenarios, checking for every possible issue. Errors large and small can more easily be spotted and rectified in the digital environment.

There’s no costly redesign process with 3D CAD either, saving the cost of paper and ink and reducing the time required to make amendments. Individual elements can be edited separately without changing the overall design but allowing you to see the impact on the overall design, and if you don’t like any of the edits, ctrl+z!

Optimise use of materials.

Several research studies (Khanzode et al., 2005, Staub-French and Fischer 2001) have documented the benefits of 3D modeling when it comes to the important but less aesthetic parts of a project such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems.

3D models help developers to get the most from the materials they’re using; buying exactly what’s needed without putting safety at risk.

International and multilingual.

In a global economy, language and country specific standards are an important consideration. Fortunately, compliance with international codes and standards becomes much easier with 3D CAD modeling as the specifications are included for each standard.

The visual nature of 3D models also makes clear instructions on finding key design information less necessary meaning no need to translate reams of how to text for your international team members, investors or clients.

Faster project approval.

As mentioned above, 3D models are easy for everyone to understand so it makes sense that using them in your planning application increases the project approval rate.

It’s not only great for planning applications though; when putting proposals to investors nothing secures enthusiasm better than the ability to walk through and experience the project itself. Including some animation further helps in demonstrating the full scope and functionality of a project to those not well-versed in design drawings.

Save money and time.

We’ve covered this in all of the above points but it’s a big deal, especially in this economy, so I’m mentioning it again. Sheryl Staub and Atul Khanzode found that the use of 3D had a dramatic impact on project execution, including:

  • Elimination of field interferences.
  • Less rework.
  • Increased productivity.
  • Fewer requests for information.
  • Fewer change orders.
  • A decrease in time from start of construction to facility turnover.
  • Boon for interior designers.

Incredible promotional and marketing tool.

Whether you’re planning property launches, making your property marketing pandemic proof, or simply looking to improve your marketing generally, virtual tours are where it’s at.

3D visits allow you to show clients and prospects a polished and interactive visual representation of your project with the option for them to redecorate as they explore.

Convinced?

It’s a no-brainer right now and getting in early on technologies like these also puts you ahead of your competitors. Increasing brand awareness by embracing cutting edge technology is a tactic I’ve loved seeing companies large and small use.

If you’re ready to take advantage of all these benefits, get in touch with me now and let’s chat about saving you time and money with 3D modeling.

Stay safe and keep selling,
Patrick Lambert

Patrick Lambert WalkTrue
Director