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Hello, I am an architect and teach Revit and Lumion to interior design students at Brenau University. My experience is that architects also love to be artists and that at small and medium firms they figure out how to do their own 3d graphics. It would only be large firms with huge projects that would most likely hire an outside organization to be efficient and professional. There are exceptions, but that is my experience.
Have a GREAT day!
Frances Hamilton, GA Architect RA011829 AIA LEED AP (BD+C)
As a technology consultant, I sometimes have cases where my client is asking for these services.
Examples could be visioning a corporate lobby, designing a donor wall, or mocking up a user interface. To imply this comes up with enough frequency for you to fill a sales pipeline would be misleading but it does come up on occasion.
GREAT expectations: Just LiveSync your BIM model to Lumion, and don't waste countless hours on a SketchUp model, except to build the context to import into Lumion. I did 3dStudio Max renderings before Revit and Lumion can along, and the whole model, like making a SketchUp model, gets tossed after the final renderings.
BIM- LiveSync -Lumion is a 100% integrated process with absolutely ZERO waste. After the Lumion renderings receive your clients or developers approval, move into construction docs using the SAME Revit modeling. If later on the client wants to see any changes, just LiveSync between your updated BIM model and Lumion-- any mapped materials are still mapped to the same geometry, unless you change it. Sketchup is cave art compared to using BIM and Lumion in the construction process.
Have a GREAT day learning, sculpting space and asking questions!
Frances Hamilton AIA LEED AP (BD+C)
Professor of Revit and LumionBrenau University Interior Design