Here is a simple summary of what a client will get during the development of a project in terms of deliverables
- 2D - These are the drawings that would normally be printed. PDF is the standard format. If you have a Mac, Adobe Reader works a bit better than Preview. As a client, you will get pdf versions of all the drawings. These will also be forwarded to the contractors for their use in bidding and construction.
- 3D - There are several options for viewing the model. This is a rapidly changing area of software development so the exact tools will evolve. Currently:
- Native Revit - All project development, both 2D and 3D is completely created in Revit. There is no separate viewer. However on screen viewing is provided either in the office or at your home.
- 3D PDF - The model is embedded in a pdf file and you are able to rotate and walk-thru the project. As noted above, Mac users will need Adobe Reader and in any case, the most current version of Reader. Materials are simplified for smaller file size. The navigation controls are simple but it is easy to get lost in the model. Hit "home" and you returned to the starting view.
- Sketchup - The Revit model can be exported to Sketchup, a free 3D software tool. Some clients find this tool easier to navigate.
- Proprietary - We utilize several programs for rendering. These tools have 3D viewing apps available for desktop, iOS, and Android.
- Live model - In addition to viewing the project in Revit, we use a high end architectural visualization package that is specific for creating a complete environment with conceptual landscaping. Based on gaming software it requires special hardware to run. Using this software, we can easily walk around outside and inside the house. Please note that this is within the standard scope of services if desired, not a premium service.
- Photorealistic rendering - Within reason, this can be provided within the normal workflow. However, highly developed renderings require highly developed models, an effort that is only useful for this kind of visualization. The Revit model is exported to one or several rendering development environments. The end result can be quite stunning.
- 3D summary - In working in 3D, there is a cost-benefit issue where more detail requires more time. How useful is the 3D information to the intended user? To a great extent, much of the required detail is automatic and/or in the normal workflow. We try to find that appropriate balance on all projects to fit the client and project needs.
- VR - oh so close. Google cardboard is now working and we can export to that format.