Architects and urban planners face a
chicken-and-egg problem. For a building to come to life
efficiently and effectively, it must be designed and refined
to the highest level of detail before any construction begins.
However, many important aspects of form and function are
incredibly difficult to assess without actually experiencing
them. Are all exits visible from the security desk? Can
I reach all of the counter-tops when standing at the stove?
How will my view change as the foliage grows? A seasoned
veteran with a good imagination may be able to answer these
questions for themselves, but communicating the vision to
novice clients is a another story.
3D simulations allow
developers to share their plans with a realism that can
be easily identified with by non-experts. Clients can experience
the design rather than just seeing it. In addition to aesthetic
improvements, this more immersive medium can expose flaws
in visibility and accessibility – traits that are
easily hidden in 2D drawings. The interactive piece of a
simulation adds the ability to dynamically change characteristics
of the design on-demand. Show clients the implications of
these changes by raising ceilings, lowering tree heights,
moving whole buildings, etc., in real-time as they watch.
Expose these problems as soon as possible to save a great
deal of time and money in the construction phase.
Animated walk-throughs and 360 degree
panoramic views are becoming increasingly popular as web-based
virtual tours. These solutions are a great step up from
traditional photos but still lack the control that clients
desire. Interactive simulations allow users to explore an
environment at their own pace. They can follow a pre-determined
path through a virtual building site, yet still have the
freedom to choose their own way through.
Architects and urban planners often
encounter environmental variables that can affect their
designs. Elements such as lighting, shadows, noise, and
air flow are difficult to capture in real-life and often
require the use of complex mathematical equations to determine
their impact. Interactive simulations enhance the client's
ability to assess the effects of these variables in an easy
to understand visual format.
Whether it's a single room or an entire
city, N Formation Design's interactive simulations can accommodate
your needs. Our applications go from low-overhead web-based
applets to full-scale immersive virtual reality environments.
We will work with you to determine which of the array of
effective solutions best fits your project.
3D simulation is an exciting and rapidly
changing field. As new developments in visual display technology
emerge, we will continue to add them to our repertoire.
If you have any ideas that aren't found on this site, we
would love for you to contact
us for further discussion.