Building visualisation based on the conventional technique such as blueprint, architectural drawing, cardboard model predefined walkthrough animation have been used by architects, designers and building developers to explain their ideas to their clients. They are well known to be proficient in three-dimensional visualisation from two-dimensional maps. However, their clients generally are not. The implication of incomplete and improper visual presentation is that it will cause poor communication between the architects, designers, developers and their clients which will normally ends up with clients' lost. This research suggests a technique for Virtual Building Visualisation and Inspection (VB-VIs) and investigates how this technique helps in producing a complete, proper and effective visual building presentation. It involves the utilization of tools that are common amongst architects, engineers and designers i.e. AutoCAD and 3DS Max and Quest3D for the creation of VB-VIs. Finally, this research discusses on the evaluation of the VB-VIs amongst the potential house/building purchasers. VB-VIs is a viable solution for architects, designers and developers in providing a cheaper, reliable and effective tool for visualisation and inspection of building designs.
The problems in conventional building visualisation and inspection are as follows:
??? Clients could not understand blueprints and architectural drawings
??? Cardboard models limit clients' view of buildings.
??? Predefined walkthrough animations are normally used for "high cost" and "big projects" only.
??? Clients are not able to appreciate building shape, colours and spatial features using conventional techniques.
??? Potential problems with buildings could not be detected using conventional techniques.
The VB-VIs provides engineers, architects, designers and their clients with:
??? Easier, faster and more effective visualisation and inspection of buildings.
??? Users are able to manoeuvre the building environment at their own pace.
??? Through visualisation, many unforeseen problems can be detected prior to building construction.
??? Convenient and easy access using normal computers.
??? Integrated 3D real-time visualisation and sound to enhance users' understanding of the building environment.