Optioneering with 3D models

How to use Sensat to evaluate your design options. Upload, Duplicate and Move your 3D models.

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Written by Aifric Delahunty
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Sensat can serve as a powerful optioneering tool, enabling you to explore different options for your designs in our 3D environment.

Visualise, evaluate, and refine your plans rapidly, by simply following the steps outlined below.

1) Upload your 3D designs

CAD/BIM files typically suffer from poor QA, therefore please read our guidance to ensure that your models successfully upload to Sensat.

2) Set up your scene

Make sure that all of the layers needed for your assessment are turned on. For example, as well as your reality data you may need to see contextual data (e.g. flood risks, ancient woodlands etc.) or the locations of related designs. Learn more about how to manage your scene here.

3) Evaluate your options

  1. Generate duplicates of your models to explore multiple options. Learn how to do this here.

  2. Move your models to various locations to evaluate their feasibility. Learn how to do this here.

  3. Compare your options. For instance, you may want to:

    • Conduct visual inspections to identify any potential clashes.

    • Take measurements - e.g. the distance to an important feature or the amount of soil that needs to be removed or added (using our cut-and-fill tool).

4) Record your findings

Record your findings or the difference between options, by renaming the duplicates, adding descriptions, or even adding timeline dates.

5) Share your work

Viewpoints and Presentations are a great way to share your findings with teammates and stakeholders.

  • A Viewpoint is like an "active screenshot" within Sensat. They save exactly what is showing in your scene at the time of capture including your camera angle, layer and markup visibility settings.

  • Multiple Viewpoints can be combined to create Presentation, allowing you to seamlessly walk others through your assessment.

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