The Next Level of 3D Technology


Technology plays an important role at our office. We use the rendering capability of our software to create illustrations and images of our new designs in a realistic, 3D view. This allows our clients and partners to view the intended design in a way that is easy to understand. The model can be rotated, flipped and colorized as desired to see the various options and get it just right.

The next level of this 3D technology is the 3D visualization of the building’s detailed construction document model. The collaborative design team creates their discipline’s version of the building – architectural, structural and mechanical, etc. in a detailed, to scale, 3D model. We then merge the models together to get a view of the entire building, piece by piece, placed as if it were electronically constructed. From the collective model we can ask our software to look for collisions or clashes of the different components. If, for example, a steel beam has a piece of ductwork that interferes, or a wall conflicts with a steel bar joist, each instance will be shown as an electronic clash. The software identifies the issue and the design team must review and determine what needs to change to resolve the issue.

Obviously, the benefit to 3D clash detection is the ability to view these issues before the physical construction is initiated. The design team can collaborate, move, resize and relocate any items in the 3D model much faster than resolving the clash on the construction site. The better the clash detection, the better we use our constructed 3D model, the more we save our clients time and money and help our construction partners avoid headaches in the field. After all, isn’t that what we all want for a new project?