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Thread: 3D Floorplan Graphics
07-06-2012, 02:45 PM #14
I agree with the useless 'realistic representations' of air handlers, RTU's, etc.
It is much better to have an Oblique Angle cut-way view with semi realistic equipment such as dampers, fans etc.
Another thing that is a useless between jobs in a perspective view that changes size from left to right. Can use this graphic on a second project if the equipment is slightly different.
All of my air side equipment graphics are Oblique so anyone that knows how to use Microsoft paint or other simple graphics programs can cut and paste from one project to another.
07-06-2012, 04:37 PM #15
07-06-2012, 04:45 PM #16
07-06-2012, 06:41 PM #17
I've had customers that didn't even care if the data on the screen was accurate. As long as it looked amazing and they could show it off, they could care less.
Of course, any good controls guy would rather see a points list with live data any day over pretty pictures.
I prefer raw data when I'm troubleshooting, but graphics are actually what got me into controls in the first place, so of course that's one of my main strengths.
9 times out of 10, the customer is not controls savvy and if they don't have an exact representation, they are completely lost. (At least that's been my experience.)
90% of my projects I do custom graphics specific to whats really on site. When your proficient at it, and can get it done without impacting your bottom line, it's worth it. I've gotten lots of compliments from my customers, and they really enjoy the interface I provide them with.
07-06-2012, 09:33 PM #18
I made this up as a mock-up in inkscape, but it shows pretty much everything you need to know, in likely less screen space than the pre-rendered graphics that can't really convey any information. An entire plant could be represented on one large screen with simplified graphics like this, and still not be overwhelmingly cluttered. (perfect for wall-mounted big-screen type status board displays).
08-03-2012, 05:38 PM #19
08-08-2012, 08:27 PM #20Professional Member
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I use Google sketchup. I've done a lot 3D plans with it. I'll agree with some that they just want to see the data, I'm like that. I know what it all means, most of my customers do not. The one thing I've learned with 3-D floor plans is how to convey where the person looking at the graphic can find the location of the problem area. Here is what I've learned, people are people, we all know where the bathrooms are, where the break rooms are, where the main entrance ways are, where the money maker departments or machines are, and where the conference rooms are. When I make a floorplan, I'll have a row of 7 offices with nothing in them, then I'll deck out the conference room or bathroom that's in the same row of the offices. It gives the operator a kind of way point to reference from. I also hyperlink everything from the floor plan graphic to the specific graphic of that AHU, VAV, RTU, etc. As far as development of the graphics, you need a kick butt PC. Like I said I use Sketchup those file grow real quick, 250 mb on some, I have some of other programs mentioned here, they seem to grow as fast as well. I have a great company laptop, a Dell precision with extras, it chokes on some of the larger files. I usually have to turn to my home desktop PC, it has crazy amounts of memory and horse power. Most companies would never buy anything like it.
08-08-2012, 11:00 PM #21