Monthly Archives: July 2014

P2: Cement Panels (Late)

E2: Clay (Late)



Virtual reality is a technology which is often considered as a natural extension to 3D computer graphics with enhanced input and output device. The integration of this technology with software systems for engineering, design, and manufacturing is providing a boost to the field of computer-aided engineering. This 3D engineering process is a mean to envision, refine, and develop a product or process with significant cost and time savings. In this project, I’ve studied how to visualize 3D models with Showcase, Augment, and p3d website.

Showcase is a great tool for 3D visualization and 3D presentation. It’s easy to create a presentation design exploration video for architects and designers. I could quickly open fbx file into the program and set the 3D environment, light, shadow, and material. With setting video shots, the model was amazingly animated in the viewport through zooming, rotating from many perspectives.

My favorite part of this project was the Augment process. Developing augmented reality systems improves methods for the construction, inspection, and renovation of architectural structures. Augmented reality systems add virtual computer-generated material to the surrounding physical world. We can use it to show the location of columns behind a finished wall, the location of re-bars inside one of the columns, and a structural analysis of the column. I’ve been interested in this Augmented Reality technology which is enriching the real world with digital information and media, such as 3D models and videos, overlaying in real-time the camera view of any digital device such as smartphone, tablet, or PC. It provides a wide variety of user experiences with contextual information, allowing to place life-size 3D models in viewers’ environment. Viewers can easily point or drag their smartphone at a building to display its estimated value.

The potential impact of augmented reality on architecture and structural engineering will increase as the technology is tied to other emerging technologies. Real-time at-site training systems could guide inexperienced users through complex construction operations. The continued evolution and integration of these and other technologies will yield systems that improve both the efficiency and the quality of building construction, maintenance and renovation.

Reflection maps in p3d were amazing for realistic materials. I could integrate my model with an environment of reflections and light and improve the sense of 3D. It is exciting way for all designers to present their work without building physical models. With the public gallery, models can automatically be visible to the world through any device.

Especially, detail maps in p3d are basically about textures such as diffuse, bump and normal channels and allow maintaining patterns over the object even when viewing a model up close. It’s really simple to play and fix the textures of models. The great functionality of p3d is that people are able to zoom, pan and even rotate the model along auto-spin with clicking and dragging.

Traditional ways of educating students have well-proven advantages, but there are also some deficiencies. A typical problem has been how to engage students with appropriate Information and Communication Technologies during the learning process. To implement innovative interactive communication and learning paradigms with students, the instructor made innovative use of new programs in this class. And multimedia material is provided in a number of formats including textual, images, video animations and aural, educational systems are well organized according to current teaching and learning requirements. That requirement is to efficiently integrate these formats in well proven ways, through the web. I’ve been taught the system by introducing 3D visualization websites, virtual and AR in the same web based learning support application.

Educational systems associated with the use of 3D technologies are very limited. A number of different applications were ranged from 2D to 3D visualization. One of the most appropriate means of presenting 3D information is through the Showcase. On the other hand, a promising and effective way of 3D visualization is AR which combines computer-generated information with the real world and it can be used successfully to provide assistance to the user necessary to carry out difficult procedures or understand complex problems.

I’ve got an improvement of the understanding through the use of practical programs and AR presentation websites. These design applications will support the studying of architecture concepts and emphasizing the visualization of 3D objects because 3D immediately enhances the process of learning.

In this class, I could work on great projects for supporting the performing of architecture design. These experiences will help different courses or different sessions to describe the works; provides a brief idea of my architecture concept; and illustrates how my design might be used to improve the life style using Showcase and Augment technologies.



Video Process

E5_Part D

The Design Visualization courses have allowed us to develop and enhance skills that most of us have never tapped into. There are a vast variety of techniques that I am pleased to have learned over the last three semesters. I was in uncharted waters with parametric modeling, but I quickly let go of any ill will I had towards this approach to design after discovering the endless possibilities. Take for example Grasshopper. A plug-in, which at first was foreign, complicated, and overwhelming to learn, became a great tool to creating complex 3D geometric forms. In each semester we were introduced to new software programs and each of these programs have a different approach to design visualization. Programs like Rhino, Grasshopper, and Maya seem to have infinite design possibilities. With this many possibilities I want to keep exploring and learning different techniques that I can apply to future projects. I previously only used Revit for my renderings but through other tools like v-ray for Grasshopper and mental for Maya I can achieve a better quality and photo-realistic rendering. However, these renderings can take hours, even days, for complex designs. The quality is great but wouldn’t it be even better if we could achieve the same quality using a program in half the time. For our last exercise this semester we learned how to use a real-time rendering programs. Augment reality, Autodesk Showcase, and P3d are the programs we explored through our last exercise. These programs all have different advantages and disadvantages. Even with their disadvantages, these programs have made me re-think the way I present design concepts and information.

It seems as with any software program, there are flaws. I had problems with file sizes with many of these programs. Take for example the skyscraper project, the more complex my skyscraper became, the larger the file became. This sometime effected the uploading time for my model. For the virtual reality and augmented assignments I had to make changes to my skyscraper. I would not have been able to upload my skyscraper because of the complex geometry. I hide my complex geometry’s and used the transparent part of my building for the augmented reality and the p3d programs. I also had a couple of problems trying to download showcase 2015 and 2014 on my IMac. Once I had the 2014 version uploaded, it ran very slowly. Took quite a bit of time for my model to upload and to change the environment. I decided to uninstall Showcase and use the school’s computer instead, which was running much faster.

Showcase has the capability to modernize any presentation. With a number of material and environment options, this animation program gives the opportunity to showcase unique characteristics of a building. Seems to be an easy process for changing material and re-creating an animation to present. This allows for different and quick iterations for a presentation without having the agonizing wait for a rendering to render. The accessibility and options makes Showcase a great tool for communicating a design concept to any client.

Design is becoming more accessible. Augmented reality is a great rendering program that allows us to show real time rendering to clients. It allows various ways to for clients to interact with your model. It gives the clients the ability to zoom in, rotate, and look around the model. This program allows us to see our designs become a reality through the augmented reality software. I had a few issues with baking my model in Maya. When I initially baked my skyscraper there were a few sides that were black and that did not bake. It took awhile to figure out why my skyscraper was having this issue but with Professor Ming’s help we were able to figure it out. In Maya I had to reverse the sides that were appearing black. Once I reversed these geometry’s and re-baked the skyscraper, all surfaces were baked.

We were exposed to an immense amount of information over the last three semesters. We are heading toward a digitalized world and slowly architecture firms are catching up with this. I emphasize the word slowly because most firms are using Revit, sketch-up, and AutoCAD. What we have learned is bring us one step closer to being able to help utilize what we have learned in future courses and on our co-ops.


Augment link



Concrete Paneling