Information Required for Visualisation

Clients often ask us what information they need to provide in order for DJS to visualise their site so we thought we would be nice and helpful and provide some advice on our blog. 

The first, perhaps predicable point is that it very much depends.  Information could vary depending on the stage of the design development, the type of building and the location.  Over the years we have had some clients supply a series of sketches, a cardboard model and some photos of a plot of land.  This provides a few refreshing challenges and some gaps to fill in but we can certainly work with that although it may lead to a looser, more conceptual image.  Typically though, clients, be they architects, developers or interior designers come to us with a highly resolved design package:


This may include:

Any relevant 3d model

Plans/Elevations/Sections/detail drawings in DWG format

Reflective ceiling plan

Topographical info

Landscaping details if relevant

Material specification for exterior

Material specification reference for interior

FF&E Specification

Any names/signage/branding to be shown

Design and Access Statement/Background to the project

Brief of the approx. view angles and target market.


Additionally we might ask for more information on the project spec:

Image Size required

Deadlines and any suggested milestone dates


Direct team involved in image/film delivery and sign off


But we have a 3d Model! 

Often we are supplied with a 3d model and these can be helpful to describe the design intend.  Often these can be used to reduce modeling fees and we look to use supplied models as much as possible.  Often however models are used for design development and are not accurate and we always request CAD to carry out checking and detailed analysis.  So yes models are helpful in many cases but they need to be accurate and compatible to give best results for high quality visualisation.


Work in progress.

Often supplied information is still being worked on.  This can affect production significantly but our aim is to integrate with your design process as much as possible so if we can see what areas are in progress and what can be worked on then we can tackle the signed off areas first and give more time of other areas to complete.  We would aim to agree this at the sign off stage.

If you are in any doubt, give us a call and we can talk through your circumstances and see when and how we can help.

Gregg StoneComment