VR is an fully immersive technology that allows users to be ‘transported’ into an virtual environment. This amazing technology gives the user a 1st person experience of any space that has been built in 3D from 2D design information or existing spaces that have photographed using 360 camera technology.
Think of the power of transporting someone into any space from anywhere in the World so they feel they are in fact in that space! From designers to stakeholders.
What is Mixed Reality?
Mixed reality (MR), sometimes referred to as hybrid reality, is the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualisations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time.
Mixed reality takes place not only in the physical world or the virtual world, but is a mix of reality and virtual reality, encompassing both augmented reality and augmented virtuality.
How Does It Work?
New Developments – They are first 3D modelled and 3D visualised from architectural design drawings to create a photorealistic 3D environment. They are then skilfully rigged into VR environments using VR software and hardware.
Existing Spaces – 360degree photography is taken of spaces which are also rigged into VR environments. This allows users to tour any existing built environment or indeed ‘under construction’ development .
3DDB have developed VR pipelines that allow users to freely tour multiple spaces and environments of both existing or new buildings. It is also possible for one person to control multiple devices to allow for guided tours in VR.
Virtual Reality Deliverables:
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Want To Know More About Virtual Reality?
High end photorealistic Virtual and Mixed Reality experiences requires a skilled and talented personnel along with the use of the most up to date digital 3D VR software and equipment. Here are some of the most commonly used software packages & equipment used for Virtual Reality. Your next project will be produced using the same:
- Unreal Engine
- Panono 360
- Samsung Gear
- Oculus Rift
High end photorealistic 3D Architectural Visualisation requires skilled and talented personnel along with the use of the most up to date digital 3D software. Here are some of the most commonly used software packages for 3D Architectural Visualisation. Your next project will be produced using the same:
- 3D Studio Max (3ds max)
- Cinema 4D
- VRay / Vray Renderer
- Mental Ray
- After Effects
How much and how long does it take to complete a project?
Because it’s the first question we get asked 90% of the time, it has to be our top FAQ. The simple answer is that every project is completely different and therefore costs vary depending on the type of project and requirements of the client. Costs are dictated by the amount of 3D Modelling and 3D visualisation required along with the level of detail that needs to be included in the 3D model. Other factors include the number of 3D images required and the type of Architectural Visualisation deliverable that is required. So projects can range from the low hundreds to thousands.
What exactly is architectural visualisation?
Architectural visualisation is an umbrella term used to describe the process of transforming 2D architectural drawings and designs into digital 3D renders and 3D animations. There are several different deliverables available from our architectural visualisation service depending on your projects requirement.
What architectural visualisation deliverables do you offer?
Our Architectural Visualisation department offer a wide range of 3D deliverables. Depending on the stage your project is at we can offer photorealistic architectural renderings, interior renderings, photomontages, visual impact assessments, shadow studies and architectural 3d animations. We are happy to advise on the 3D deliverable to best suit your requirements and budget.
What type of files do you need to work from?
We can work from a wide range of files but by far the most popular and efficient file types are AutoCad dwg or dxf files. We can also work off pdf files. Clients can also supply Sketchup files and files from other 3D software packages. For projects that have a 3D model already created we can take in most 3D formats into our 3rd Party 3D software package including Revit. Please contact us for further details.
What are the main stages of the Architectural Visualisation process?
There are 3 main stages to the Architectural Visualisation process. Step 1: 3D Modelling Step 2: 3D Visualisation (texturing, lighting, scene setup and rendering) Step 3: Post rendering composition.
What is the difference between a 3D Render and a Photo montage?
3D Renders are 3D images that contain only information that has been 3D modelled. Photomontages on the other hand are a combination of a 3D model and photographic data. A photomontage is the accurate and verifiable placement of a digital 3D model into a chosen photo or series of photos. Generally photomontages are used more for planning purposes whilst 3D Renders are used to support such photomontages. Both are also used for marketing purposes.
Do I need to supply photography for Photomontages?
No. We prefer to take our own survey of photos of the site to get a good impression of the site and proposed development. We can of course use photography supplied to us providing it contains technical information to allow for accurate camera matching within our 3D software. If supplying photography it should be supplied in RAW format.
Can I Supply my own 3D model for Architectural Visualisation?
YES. We take in many 3rd party 3D models. Whilst we prefer to do the 3D modelling in house, we have no problem taking in 3D models. All 3D models that we take in need to be evaluated to ensure they are fit for purpose. Note: Not all 3D models provided are compatible with our work processes. We also take in Revit files.
How can I get a Quote?
Very simple. Send us drawings of your project along with a scope of work. As mentioned here already, if you are not sure what you need, don’t worry, we will advise. We also like to receive reference photos of what materials should be applied to the building. For interior renderings we like to work with some guidance form the client such as mood boards and reference photos You can now upload your files online in our contact us page or any of the individual sections. Alternatively contact us for a chat to discuss what your requirements. Once we have all necessary information we will supply you with an official fee quote
Do you only work for architects?
No. We work with all members of the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industry. Our clients include Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, Furniture Fixture & Equipment (FF&E) Suppliers, Building Component Manufacturers, Government Agencies and Facility Managers. Our range of services and deliverables allow us to work with anyone that requires 3D for their project.
Do you outsource any of your work?
No. We never outsource our work. We take pride in the quality of our work and the personal service we provide to all our clients. We have a dedicated full time 3D design team who are skilled and specialise in the various software applications used across our work process.