• Karen Abramyanc

3D Architectural Floor Plans

Updated: Feb 10, 2020

It is easy to appreciate the advantages of interacting with 3d architectural floor plans in AR instead of two-dimensional blueprints that require a degree in architecture to decipher. Creating a scale 3d model of an entire floor plan allows for developers, salespersons, engineers and architects to better communicate how an entire building floor will look and function.

Unfortunately, the detail, quality and realism required to convincingly simulate the complexities of an entire floor plan are unattainable with current real-time graphics on mobile platforms (smartphones, tablets, head mounted displays etc..) 3d models used today for AR must be constructed using low resolution geometry and simple materials in order to run in real-time on mobile platforms. The consequence of this limitation is that 3d floor plan models in AR tend to be underwhelming, uninspiring and inaccurate as true-to-life facsimiles of the actual projects in development.

This image shows a typical low-quality model used for AR on mobile devices

Highly detailed 3d model created for AR using LightStream. Note the realistic materials and lighting. The model contains about 70 million polygons

LightStream makes it possible to create 3d models with almost unlimited detail and complexity for real-time experiences on mobile platforms. The cinematic-quality materials and lighting achievable with LightStream enables visually rich, immersive and compelling experiences for architectural visualization.