By Nathan Johnson
Nearly as quickly as architects swapped their sketchbooks and pencils for CAD programs, traditional physical architectural models were also mostly replaced by interactive 3D digital versions.
Because CAD programs have now evolved to include 3D modelling capabilities, architects can now design in 2D/3D synchronised modelling workflows and can produce a 3D digital building model that can be “walked through” from a computer.
This gives clients, design review boards, investors and builders a better understanding of how the building might eventually look which aids architects in competitions for briefs, submitting council DAs and working with clients and builders in achieving a desired design result.
In the commercial sector, this process has been quickened by the uptake of Building Information Modelling (BIM) software across the architecture, engineering and construction industries, which saw 3D digital models, that incorporated detailed data input regarding a project’s entire life-cycle and material composition, become the standard request from developers and property financers.
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