What Software Will I Need for 3D Visualization?
The question I get more than any other is “what software do you use to do visualization?” The short answer is that visualization is a process, not a software.
This post is the long answer.
No one will probably ever use every software package on this list in a single 3D visualization but it would be rare to use less than three or so. Depending on what software the design data was created in (Microstation or AutoCAD) I have used up to six different programs for a single visualization.
Note that this is not a comprehensive list but should cover the majority of uses (at least in the United States in civil engineering).
- AutoCAD Civil 3D by Autodesk
- Microstation by Bentley
- InRoads by Bentley
- ArchiCAD by Graphisoft
- Revit by Autodesk
Game Engine/Rendering Software
- ArcGIS by ESRI
- SignCAD by SignCAD Systems Inc. (site not working)
- Photoshop by Adobe
- Premier Pro by Adobe (Note: video editing can be done by a host of other software programs as well)
- After Effects by Adobe
- Vissim by Visual Solutions
Let me know what I missed in the comments below!
Image Credit Archion Archiects (Revit)