Thursday, February 3, 2011

3D as process communication

Lately, the trend of 3D modeling has been embraced by designers and we are delving into programs such as Rhino or 3Ds Max to develop beautifully rendered images that capture our design intent. However, when we think about the value of 3D modeling, the conversation generally leans towards final renderings and sharp graphic composition. What about 3D as an extremely effective design tool? We have the ability to model with exact dimensions and directly understand relationships between design elements. The idea of modeling as final product seems to overshadow the ability to use models as a way to communicate design process to clients and team members.

What about when we begin to cross platforms and utilize programs such as ACAD Civil 3D and 3Ds Max simultaneously? When we can apply materials and textures in ACAD and shorten our time making a product more elegant in Max we are effectively bettering our overall utilization. This is strong evidence that the future of design communication and construction documentation will begin to stray away from conventional 2 dimensional drawings and standard construction methods. Further, when we think about implementing 3D technologies into the construction process we can effectively impact how things are made. This makes me wonder, what will students be learning in construction courses 5 or 10 years from now and how will professional design and construction process shift?

1 comment:

  1. While there is software being developed for final design graphics, I think you touched on an even more intriguing point Ed- Digital Modeling as a design tool. Early in a designer's academic career, the reliance on plan drawings may have a negative impact on created actual spaces for site users. While section drawings can help combat these bad habits, I think designing with models (digital or otherwise) presents the opportunity to begin to understand the actual spaces we are designing in relationship to the greater context of a given site.