If a local council authority rejects a development application, the issue is settled by mediation. At this point, town planners and property development solicitors are brought in to argue the merits of a proposed development in a mediation court of law prior to development approval being granted.
In Victoria, for example, where we have done a lot of this work, the mediation process begins via an application to VCAT (Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal).
Submissions must include accurate photomontages or other computer-generated images, with a detailed accompanying statement explaining: who prepared the images; the methodology used; the type of software employed; details of photographic equipment and camera angles; time and location data from the scene; as well as details (with images) comparing the existing conditions with the proposed development.
Eagle Vision takes the worry out of Visual Impact Assessments. Our efficient process for the creation of 3D images – from initial briefing to delivery – means we can offer a rapid turnaround in time-pressured situations. We make sure materials and statements for Visual Impact Assessments can be completed accurately and comprehensively, and we take steps to ensure backdrop photography is sufficiently detailed to fulfil the requirements of the various approval authorities:
- External survey consultants conduct a specialised survey of the site and deliver a 3D point data cloud file
- The exterior background is photographed according to prescribed settings, and the photos are used in our 3D matching process
- With our industry-standard 3D Studio Max software, we align the photos with the 3D space, using markers from the surveyor’s 3D cloud data (see diagram).
In this way, the model can be matched perfectly into the background, with accurate time-of-day lighting, and other effects, to achieve photorealism and comply with VCAT practice notes and other authority guidelines.