Architects and Engineers rely greatly on designs made by them on paper to convey their ideas across. However, drawings in 2D done through computer aided design do not do justice to the ideas and the designs. Technology improvements have resulted in 3D which have vastly improved the aesthetic value of the designs.
3D drawings and sketches offer so many benefits for architects. They are
Design Stage: The amount of time that architects spend in the design stage has drastically reduced thanks to the technology. With the help of laser scanners, designs get translated into a more understandable format. The architects compile and input data into these scanners that throw out the corresponding image with precision.
Speed: 3D models give the most accurate picture based on details from the sites or structures. While the 2D models leave a lot of doubt due to the estimations, 3D models are accurate and quick. For instance, during the Chilean mine rescue, 3D Modeling was used extensively to scan the area, build an image of the possible area and then carry out rescue missions. So, the architects can spend time in several other aspects of engineering rather than waste time on correction of the 2D models.
Visualizing: Visualizing a project is probably the most critical advantage that 3D modeling users have. A project is taken into a 3D rendering studio where the data is converted to a model. The architects can use this to undertake What-If scenarios to understand the implications of making changes to the design. Problems and issues if any, can be identified at this stage saving valuable time and resources for the architects or the company.
Architects rely very heavily on measurements and data collected on site. However, typically such measurements are taken much time over, since re-doing a traditional model is expensive and time-consuming. However, with the advent of 3D, the data and the numbers can be changed to get images or models without much effort.