Architectural projects can be illustrated in a variety of ways. 3D floorplans, depicting the design's overall layout from a birds' eye view, are popular. First-person perspectives showcasing specific design features are also typical.
Interior scenes can involve as much or little as desired. Any particular scene can be complimented to suit the project. For example, we can add a complete set of props chosen from a wide selection provided by our model library or follow a finish schedule with particular paint colors and trim.
Exterior scenes are very useful in highlighting the aesthetics of a building and are by default photometrically accurate, meaning they adhere to real world lighting based on their geography and time of day and year. This also provides us with the ability to create scenes that depict any time of day or night.
With photometric lighting and 3DS Max comes the ability to create LEED-approved lighting analysis, something that can't be done in most other software. This affects not only any LEED certification aspiration, but contributes vital lighting data to interior designers.
Animations can give a sense of flow and offer a more complete view of a project like no still image can muster. The intricate workings inside machinery, the entirety of a house, a time-lapse of sun and shadows over the course of a day can give great insights and familiarity to complex designs with ease.
Animations can find themselves at home in a wide variety of disciplines, from illustrating the flow of a new industrial processing method, to merging far and near perspectives of a civil design project by creating a "fly-through", to giving a client a room-by-room "walk-through" of a development design proposal.
Animations also fit well in litigation, where forensic animations can convey difficult or complex ideas to a jury and visually illustrate the timeline of events and proximity relationships.
Site Plans/Environmental Impact Studies
Some of the biggest challenges for an engineer can be conveying your design intent to the layman. Conveying the design of large-scale civil and environmental projects can be especially difficult (even more so for subterranean features).
Far-encompassing images that can show familiar landmarks and baselines and can give an audience the ability to see through the ground or be able to reference geographical features and landmarks, which gives them a medium to connect the various technical documents and give clarity to a project. Rendered site plans can clearly show the impact a project will have on the surrounding area and illustrate "how it will be".
Out of the Box
Not all projects fit into a mold, but that doesn't mean there's no room for creativity. If your project isn't similar to anything listed here, or not even close, don't worry - we can create just about anything imaginable. The best thing you can do is to give us a call and see what ideas we can come up with. Lucid is always up for a challenge.
Lucid Design Studio can take advantage of many non-traditional visualization techniques that are uncommon in most rendering firms. These include particle systems that can be used to create effects such as smoke or fluid simulation software that can realistically reproduce the look and movement of water and other liquids.
Additionally, in the near future we will be adding the ability to created 3D printed models of your design to augment an animation or rendering.