A study on the effectiveness of 3D software in the architecture design process / Muhammad Aliff Ali Azizan

Ali Azizan, Muhammad Aliff (2017) A study on the effectiveness of 3D software in the architecture design process / Muhammad Aliff Ali Azizan. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi MARA.


3D software and renderings have become the everyday feature of an architecture design process. The aim of using 3D technology is to reinforce and serve as a foundation for architects and engineers in their process of designing, structuring, and managing the projects as well as utilized for promoting property in order to boost viewer's purchasing confidence. It is particularly challenging to select the best 3D software and its feature, that can deliver effectiveness and increase efficiency in the overall development process. This attributed to issues of which is the best 3D software for architecture industry and how far has the features of the 3D software being utilized. Taking Malaysian architecture industry as a sample, this research project has investigated the extent, nature, and reasons for the problems that have arisen. In particular, it has focused on examining the quality and effectiveness of the 3D software associated in facilitating information in the architecture design process and supporting property buyer experiences. The analysis has been conducted empirically, by first comparing the architecture design process, the 3D software associated with it and the role of 3D software and rendering against best practice, as described in the international literature. An ethnographic study was then undertaken to discover how the 3D software is used and utilised in the architecture design process, and to investigate the stakeholders (architects, engineers and contractors) perceptions of its usability and effectiveness. Finally, to understand how issues may have arisen, a review of the development process has been undertaken and it has been compared to development methods recommended in the literature, as well as the guidelines provided by the software publisher. The outcomes of the project include an empirical evaluation of the usage of 3D software among Malaysian architects at present; the identification of other issues that have affected its uptake; an evaluation of the roles of 3D software in the design process and as well as its effectiveness in promoting property via visualization, out of this, an extended set of principles to guide the choice of efficient 3D software and effective 3D to ensure that it accommodates the various stakeholders needs.


Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
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Ali Azizan, Muhammad Aliff
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Kamaruddin, Norfadilah ( Dr.)
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > Architectural drawing and design
T Technology > TA Engineering. Civil engineering > Engineering mathematics. Engineering analysis
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Art and Design
Programme: Master of Art and Design - AD750
Keywords: architecture, design, 3D software
Date: February 2017
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/39276
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