BUILDING SIMULATION - Building Materials and Architectural Building Products
Most home extensions requiring planning permission will probably benefit from using building simulation or
modelling products during the design build up. Many Architects or House Extension Designers
can incorporate this within the scheme design drawings and specifications.
The following article may be of interest for homeowners researching this type of building design
approach for inclusion within their own house extension scheme.
Building Design Benefits From 3D Design Software
By Jeremy P Stanfords
The latest generation of 3D design software offers building owners new insight into how
construction projects will affect the final look of a building. Design professionals use the software to help
clients visualize their proposals and save money on construction costs.
Fix Problems in the Planning Stage
When hiring a design firm, it can be difficult for building owners to express exactly what they want the final
structure to look like. Whether they are revamping an existing structure or putting a new building, they usually
have definite ideas about the style they want.
The problem is they don't know the language of design so designers are left to make their best guess as to what
the client is asking for. Unfortunately once the project is finished the client may be unsatisfied.
3D design software allows designers and clients to cooperate more easily. Designers can create a realistic
simulation of what the new building facade or signage will look like. If it is not exactly what the client wants,
the designer can easily make changes. The final look can be perfected before a single nail is driven.
Virtual Walkthroughs Offer New Perspective
Older versions of 3D design software took hours to render a single image. They were capable of creating only
static pictures and left clients with limited ability to judge the success of a design. A project that looks great
from one angle might not work from another, but the client had no way of knowing until construction was
Modern 3D design software and powerful computers allow designers to create vibrant 3D worlds. Clients can now
walk through the new building, seeing a design from every angle and even seeing how the design flows as a costumer
moves through the building. It offers clients a perspective unlike anything they had before, second only to
actually walking through the finished project.
3D Design Software Saves Clients Money
The biggest advantage of 3D design software is not the pretty pictures it creates but the reduced cost to the
final project. Now that both clients and designers can look at a project proposal in detail, any problems with the
design can be caught and corrected before construction begins. It wasn't that long ago that only after a project
was well underway could these errors be found, necessitating expensive demolition of the old design.
Clients love the technology because it minimizes the amount of construction that must be done and the money that
must be spent. Designers love the technology because it gives them clean, fast project and happy customers.
Even construction crews love the technology because they know exactly what needs to be done before they start.
It has opened up revolutionary new design possibilities and led to some of the most breathtaking decors the
architectural world has ever seen.