The evolution of technology
is a defining factor in the development of architecture. Technology such as 3D
visualisation software has driven architectural projects to new heights, presenting
projects that are not only more innovative from an aesthetic perspective, but
benefit society in terms of protecting the environment or providing greater
accessibility to those who are differently abled. Everything from digital
drawing and rendering, to construction documents and building has become easier
to do with better results.
Read on to discover the key
ways technological progress, has changed the industry.
Time and Money
Architectural design has come
a long way from the days of having to create plans and elevations manually and
separately from each other. Without the
technological developments that have impacted architecture, visualising design
ideas and projects, would still be a time consuming and less precise process.
Technology such as Lumion’s
3D visualisation software that allows you to build a highly realistic plan in
less than an hour, render a video in minutes and create high-quality images in
seconds has transformed the architectural industry, saving both time and money
in the process of planning buildings. Architects are now able to spend more
time on the creative process and less time waiting on renders.
3D visualisation technology
has also enabled greater precision and oversight on potential design flaws,
while new technology such as artificial intelligence could even pre-empt and
prevent mistakes during the design process. With technology doing the hard
work, architects no longer have to waste time revising mistakes, meaning they
can finish projects quickly and efficiently, avoiding the costs that could
arise during the construction process due to structural miscalculations.
Improving the Sales Cycle
Structural mistakes made during the design process can be exceptionally time-consuming and expensive to correct during construction. Lumion can combine photogrammetry software, drone footage and OSM to create a data-led picture that enables you to create a model of your building with pin-point accuracy. Having a precise oversight of your vision that you can share with developers and engineers before construction begins, enables every party involved to identify any potential problems and prevent additional costs in time and money that could occur if overlooked.
Very few technological
advancements have created greater furore or customer engagement potential for
such a wide range of industries than virtual reality. For the architectural
industry, new life has been injected into the way architects can help clients
visualise projects and therefore buy into their vision and design. Instead of
having a simple layout, video, or image of the potential project, they are now
able to create plans that a client can literally step into and explore in a
hyper realistic way.
For architects and designers,
being able to present their ideas in a much more engaging, visually and
potentially physically interactive manner can help them increase the potential
for closing with a client more effectively and fast.
Capturing Project Data
To get the ball rolling on
any architectural project, it is important to understand all factors within the
terrain and location of a building site that may impact design.
Previously, site visits have
been a time consuming and potentially costly endeavour with great potential for
human error. Today, the development of photogrammetry software, drone footage
and OSM has enabled architects to create a 3D plan of a building with pin-point
accuracy informed by the complete context of the location they are planning to
build on. Being able to fully scope the environmental surroundings of a project
and display them to the engineers and developers involved can help identify any
potential problems and prevent additional costs in time and money that could
occur if overlooked.
The amount of data in a
single CAD model is often fairly large, and architects need enough storage
space to include multiples of these as well as great quantities of extremely
important data for individual projects, such as floor plans, client
information, contracts, contacts and marketing information.
The evolution of technology,
has led to both hardware such as external hard drives and software such as the
cloud that enables architects to house large amounts of data. These
developments in technology not only provide architects with a more robust
method of keeping records but greater security in how they are kept.
Hard drives are able to
protect important files from inadvertent file corruption. While cloud storage,
is an automatic back-up plan that means if files are lost, they can easily be
recovered or accessed via the internet. Digitally storing data via the cloud
has also made it easier than ever for architects to share information with
clients or developers allowing them to see up to date material on any project
quickly or even in real time.
The development of technology
has enabled architects to save time and money, created a more immersive and
visually appealing customer experience and providing better ways of storing and
capturing data. So what’s next? Further developments in artificial
intelligence, virtual reality and digital fabrication are amongst many that
will only continue to positively impact and create a brighter future for