How to Take Projects from Idea to Visualization with InfraWorks 360

February 4, 2016 by Walker Santiago

What can InfraWorks 360 do for your project vision?

Engineering design workflows have evolved during the past 50 years from manual hand drafting on paper, to overlaying scanned GIS maps, to now creating rich compelling 3D rendered models with InfraWorks 360. With InfraWorks 360, design professionals can seamlessly create multiple conceptual design proposals to help evaluate decisions and increase the approval process with client/developer and city review agencies.



A few months ago one of our clients came to us with a vision to create a 16 building multi-use project in San Antonio.  With only a very basic schematic  overall site exhibit, our task was to bringing the client’s vision to life. Yes, we could have done the norm, by creating a 2D conceptual site plan with maybe a simple Google Sketchup exhibit or PowerPoint slide but we wanted to add little more realism to the site project and incorporate a BIM workflow. To truly bring realism and tell a story of what the client was proposing to building and enhanced the community environment, we created a preliminary concept site model InfraWorks 360.

With InfraWorks 360, we were able to quickly insert 15 different buildings with different footprints, heights and facades. In addition, landscape features such as bushes and trees were also included. Pavement markings and city furniture such a light poles, street signs and trash cans were also added to provide the look, feel and real environment to the model. To add more realism to the 3D model, animated background clouds, and real world sun light environment was created to produce real shadow casting throughout the site model.  We were able to view quickly and easily how shadow casting would affect the site during the morning and late afternoon hours.





Once the model was completed, screen shots from varies angles were created. In addition, a video fly-by was also created, to be used during the client presentation.  On top of that, during the client meeting, we used the InfraWorks 360 3D model in a live environment by manually rotating and zooming throughout the site model per the client’s request. With InfraWorks 360, we were able to quickly and easily make site revisions per the client’s request.

With the power of InfraWorks 360, we were able to create a rich compelling visual 3D model and collaborate live with our clients and help them achieve their project vision. With tools in InfraWorks 360, we were able to move the project forward. Contact a BIG RED DOG office today to learn how we can help bring your project design to life. 

Written by Walker Santiago

Walker Santiago

Walker Santiago is a Senior Project Designer at BIG RED DOG Engineering | Consulting and is a shareholder in the company. Walker graduated from ITT Technical Institute of Austin with a Associate of Science degree in CADD. He leverages his formal education with his hands-on experience crafting custom Civil3D programming to ensure he provides clients with strategic, quality construction plans. Walker enjoys sharing knowledge with the community and friends by being active online with several CADD and 3D visualization groups. When he isn’t fine-tuning his techniques or getting up to speed on the industry’s latest, he enjoys time with his friends and family in the Austin/San Antonio Area.