I am interested to discuss whether anybody creates their own architectural visuals - and if so, how you go about creating them? We get asked by potential clients for visuals of our glass structures most weeks and producing them has become a major drain on our time. I guess my question is – is there a quicker/more efficient way to create visuals than our current method?
To provide a little context, we used to outsource visuals which cost around £2,000 per project which was reasonable (especially if we got the job) but the issue was the design which was often wrong, and the constant back and forth became tiresome.
Our current method is to scan a potential clients’ house using our own Faro 3D laser scanner then model the house and proposed glass structure from the resulting Point Cloud ourselves using SketchUp and render various scenes using VRay for SketchUp. This usually takes 2- or 3-days per project, not including the scan capture, which is an awful long time, and I would love to find a more efficient method.
I have recently read about various Lidar scan apps for iPhone, iPad, Android etc, which seem to capture geometry easily and some of these scans can be imported into SketchUp to use in place of a Point Cloud.
I just wonder if anybody is using anything like this as a basis for creating their own visuals in SketchUp, whether this is a big-time saver, whether the scans can be used as the basis for a render and whether this is potentially a game changer for creating visuals.
I am not looking for amazing photo realistic results because I believe from a client’s point of view the need for amazing visuals is secondary to just seeing what their proposed new designs will look like in a timely manner, and as you can see below – the visuals we currently produce are far from perfect although I think they are suitable for their purpose.
One other question I though of was whether anybody creates visuals from existing property photos rather than scans to save time?