BY PATRICK McGANNON, PLA
How many words is that picture worth?
For many of us involved in the design of the built environment, renderings and visual simulations are valuable tools that can transform a mundane, two-dimensional CAD drawing into an appealing, three-dimensional color image which communicates the look and feel of the project much more effectively to clients and stakeholders. These tools become increasingly useful as concern for project aesthetics increases, so projects like buildings and parks tend to receive more attention in the rendering and visualization department.
In the past five years, transportation design has evolved to place a greater emphasis on project aesthetics. Many transportation agencies now encourage or require the use of Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) on key projects.