An architecture elevation, elevation plan or elevation drawing is essentially a depiction of a side of a building that’s used to show the finished appearance of a building. Usually, four elevations are drawn in order to give the architect’s client a clear view of what has been designed.
A time-consuming process
Although drawing an architectural elevation is a great way to get your clients on board and inform them of your design, it can also be time-consuming. Whether you are drawing your elevations by hand or on your 3D sketching program, it will take you quite a bit of time to finish a side of the building you are designing, let alone four of them! After you have finished your architectural elevations, you have to lay them out to your clients, which brings upon problems in its own.
Meeting your clients in person
In order to explain your architecture elevations to your clients in a way that makes them understand, you will have to meet them in person. This isn’t always easy: work itineraries often don’t align perfectly. As beautifully detailed as your drawings may be: it’s not always the most efficient way to inform your clients, especially when they are seeing an elevation plan for the very first time in their life.
Showing your architecture elevation as an online model
Efficiency is key and your modern clients require an approach that is fitting with the digital era that we live in. Wouldn’t it be great if you could create an online 3D version of your elevation? For example, a digital model that you can visit with all your clients to view your design, simply by following an HTML link? Well, that’s -in a nutshell- what XUVER offers. With XUVER, you and your clients walk through a design together online.
Walkthrough a 3D version of your drawing
With XUVER, you and your client walk through your design, each with their own 3D figure (the avatar). During this virtual viewing, there are a great number of interactive tools at your (and your clients’) disposal. The most important one of these tools is perhaps the ability to live communicate through the built-in voice module. This makes it easy for you to explain and discuss your 3D design with your clients inside the model.
No difficult downloads, no problem
XUVER is the world’s first viewer that works completely inside the browser, so it doesn’t require any downloads or installations beforehand for your client. The only thing you, the architect, need to do is to install the free converter or plugin for your 3D sketching program (SketchUp, Revit, ARCHICAD, FBX or IFC). This converter will turn your 3D model into a .xr (XUVER) model that can be uploaded into our online viewer platform. Within the blink of an eye, your 3D drawing will become an interactive and immersive 3D experience!
Take your client on a journey
After sending your client the browser link to your 3D model, the only thing you need to do is determine a time to meet up. Using Xuver to show your 3D models online to your client has some benefits, the most important ones being:
- Shorten approval times; simple meetups to get your client’s opinion can be arranged quickly
- Cut your traveling times in half; this is what we hear from our current users
- Make your clients familiar with a design in an easily comprehensible way
- Provide excellent communication and give your clients a good sense of involvement
- Live sharing, communicating and editing your designs with your clients online
- A lively, interactive 3D journey through your design with XUVER
Before we conclude this article, here’s a small disclaimer: Using XUVER doesn’t mean at all that you have to completely ditch your architecture elevations and the artistic pride that comes with creating your designs. See it as an extension in your toolkit that will allow you to better explain your designs while saving time and keeping your communication towards your client top-notch. Would you like to try out XUVER? Simply sign up here and enjoy your free trial!