3D visualization is an incredibly powerful means of showing and explaining complex objects and spaces. In the construction business, the advancements in 3D-related technology have enabled architects and contractors alike to work more efficiently and provide clients with a better service. In this context, BIM (Building Information Modeling) and 3D modeling are often used interchangeably. However, while sharing the same principle, both serve different purposes. Let’s look at the difference between BIM and 3D modeling to better understand their use and benefits.
Benefits of 3D models
It is mainly the photorealistic representation that can be achieved with 3D models which has made this technology a favorite for visualizing construction design and architectural objects. From the perspective of contractors, working with digital drawing tools for floor plans with 3D model functionalities has immediate advantages because of the client benefits they provide. A three-dimensional representation is the best way of giving a client a very clear idea of the overall design and “look and feel” of a space, let’s say in the context of a remodeling project.
3D models enhancing the contractor-client relationship
Being able to show a model that reflects real dimensions enables clients to understand the project in its entirety and get a realistic impression of what can be done. It might sound quite basic but ultimately, it is all about 3D models making things easier for clients which will always be very much appreciated given the complexity of any kind of construction project. Not only can clients address issues of concern because they, literally, see them and thereby prevent mistakes but crucially, they are enabled to communicate with more ease and clarity. This can do away with a multitude of problems related to cost and timing that very often start with clients and contractors sometimes not speaking the same language. A 3D model therefore is a key tool providing benefits that go beyond mere technical capabilities for more precise planning. It puts the client-contractor relationship on a more solid footing from the start and contributes greatly to better outcomes by enabling more efficient and human-friendly processes.