Land Development Renderings You Can Afford
June 26th, 2015
CivilE, LLC (an Austin based civil engineering firm) was recently recognized as a leader in creating affordable site renderings for land development projects. We have been asked to demonstrate our techniques to a national audience at the 2015 Autodesk University conference.
Creating either a still rendering or movie animation of your proposed site has been an expensive endeavor. By employing a model based design workflow, CivilE combines civil based BIM design tools with video game technology to create renderings that cost a fraction of what they were a few years ago.
The trick to getting affordable renderings is to hire design consultants that are familiar with model based design (BIM). When creating construction and permitting plans for a land development project, CivilE creates detailed 3D grading models that are a composite of existing topography and proposed design. This aids in the expedient production of construction drawing but also allows for a quick and cheap transition into the creation of site renderings.
For those clients that desire project renderings, we encourage them build a consultant team upfront that employs 3d model based design. Our ideal project team consists of:
•Land Planners - CADD layouts, parking, ADA routes, building footprints
•Surveyors - TINs, Point Cloud scanning, tree survey
•Architect - Revit building models
•Landscape Architects - Sketchup models, 3D plant placement
•Civil Engineer - Detailed Design surface, bring it all together
CivilE aggregates the design teams' data (building, paving, trees to remain, and proposed plantings) to create a full site model of the proposed development. From the completed model, we provide the client a realtime flythrough of the site allowing site lines to be evaluated in context of the proposed grades prior to commencing construction.
Rendered movies of the model assist with investing activities, permit review and stakeholder communications. Additionally, these videos assist with securing the first tenants of the proposed sites. In the past only large projects had the budget for visualization. CivilE has cracked the code allowing us to create compelling visualizations within the constraints of smaller budgets. Through a model based workflow, CivilE can create project renderings that are byproduct of good design.