The software solution with real products and systems
helps architects and planners with visualisations.
Before building even starts, clients want a virtual tour of their subsequent building and to get an impression of the construction components and their materials, colours and dimensions that is as realistic as possible. Since two-dimensional layouts and views often provide only a very limited idea of the final design, architects and planners are often faced with the challenge of displaying complex plans realistically to their customers. To get investors and clients excited about a project, three-dimensional and photorealistic visualisations, known as 3D renderings, are essential.
However, costly 3D models can be brought to life only if the components intended by the architect can be realistically displayed and are not just standard components that are already available in conventional material libraries for planning software.
This can be remedied by the Revit program from Autodesk. The BIM software, which is already widely in use, opens up entirely new possibilities for users. On the basis of its own, new graphics core, the software is object-orientated with integrated parametric models and supports the new Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology. With BIM, all relevant planning data is digitally recorded, combined and networked.
In everyday use, this means that changes to a window in the 3D view of the external façade are automatically replicated in the floor plan. This saves the architect an enormous amount of time and simultaneously minimises the risk of planning errors.
Another advantage of the program is its possible integration with different system solutions from well-known manufacturers of construction materials. Odenwald Faserplattenwerke GmbH offers ceiling systems as a tool called “OWAconsult designer” for implementation in Autodesk Revit.
If the user is planning an acoustic ceiling, for example, not only is all technical data available such as minimum heights, distances and tile sizes, the program also calculates the materials needed for the property.
One of the special features of the software can also be seen in the visualisation. In our example, the planner can display all surface designs for ceiling systems from a library provided by OWA and present them to his or her customer. The realistic display of colours and textures with natural light depiction make the images of rooms that are created on the computer appear deceptively real.