PLANNING - CONSULTATION - DECISIONS - COMMUNICATION
3D (three dimensional) models allow a user to self-navigate through a representation of a landscape in which project variations can be implemented. This tool provides a realistic rendition of the visual impacts of a project relative to traditional tools (2D maps), and as such will be useful to government agencies, private sector clients, and commissions. The tool also has analytical capabilities that will be useful to architects, urban planners, and surveyors.
VISUALISING YOUR PROJECT
A basic 3D model consists of a base (topographical representation of terrain), image files (maps, aerial photos, historical photos) and various informational layers (2D, 3D GIS layers, and various 3D objects). A project (building, tower, dam, neighbourhood, etc. ) and its variants can then be implemented into the model. The level of detail (LOD) and realism reflect client needs.
Video capture of a 3D regional model (LOD 0)
Certain project impacts, such as the visual impact of a reservoir, can be challenging to convey on a static map or 2D image. A 3D model not only provides an accessible representation of such impacts, but also allows for quantitative analyses, which can help foresee future potential conflicts.
PASSAGE OF TIME
The entire life-cycle of a project can be represented in a model (pre-project, construction, project, etc.) so that the impact of each stage on the environment can be viewed. Time of day and seasons are integrated into a temporal model so that environmental effects (e.g., shadows) of each stage are realistically projected.
Example of a daily shadow analyses (with an integrated landscap project in the final stage)
Visual representation of seasonal changes in vegetation
Visual representation of growing vegetation
COMMUNICATING YOUR PROJECT
A clear presentation of your project can decrease the likelihood of opposition, and therefore increase the probability that a project will come to fruition. Depending on client needs, the 3D model outputs can include screenshots, videos, or presentation. We can install also install the model and necessary software on any computer so that the client can explore and display the model independently. The flexibility of the model also allows it to be viewed via an internet connection, or on a tablet or computer.
A 3D model can incorporate layers of information regarding the environment, urban planning, architecture and risks. As such, it is a truly multi-disciplinary communication tool, which can save time and money by facilitating understanding between different stakeholders and anticipating potential problems. A 3D model can be updated and thus serve as a long-term planning tool.