Best practice for floor plans

This article shows you a couple of things to keep in mind in regard to floor plans when ordering a building model

Floor plans come in a lot of different forms. Some of them only consist of single lines, some contain technical information while others are even hand-drawn. To ensure that you get a satisfying result when ordering a building model conversion you have to follow these guidelines:

Scale bar

Make sure that the floor plan you're uploading has a scale bar. A scale bar allows us to scale a floor plan to the correct dimensions. While we do have alternative methods for estimating the correct dimensions they're not always applicable and if they are, the result may not be as accurate as when the original floor plan already includes a scale bar.

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Levels

If you want us to convert several levels of the same building into an Archilogic model make sure to create a separate order for each level. We're unable to place more than one level in a scene at the moment as this would cause compatibility issues with other apps such as the Analyzer.

Images of 3D models

Unfortunately, we can't use images of 3D models or Matterport scans even if they're from a top-down perspective due to perspective distortion, lacking scaling information, and obscured details such as windows and doors. Always make sure to upload a proper 2D floor plan when ordering an Archilogic model conversion.

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Image resolution

The image resolution of a floor plan needs to be high enough for us to be able to read the details on it. We need to be able to see where a window or a door starts and where it ends or how wide a wall is or what the function of a space is. If the resolution of the floor plan is not high enough it can either result in an inaccurate 3D model or even force us to reject an order as we're not able to read it and create a sufficiently accurate 3D model.

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Hand-drawn floor plans

We can usually only use a hand-drawn floor plan for the conversion process if the drawing is very clean and if the measurements stated on the drawing are in line with the dimension of the drawing itself. In the example below, it's clear that the dimensions of the drawing are not in line with the stated lengths. In addition, there are no indications of how wide a wall is, which is why we can't use the drawing to convert it into a 3D model.

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Folds and distortions

If you're planning to upload a floor plan to the order form that's either a picture made by a camera or scanned make sure that there are no folds or distortions present as we're currently unable to convert these kinds of floor plans into 3D models.

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Color markings

If the floor plan contains colors like the blue areas shown in the example below make sure that you mark which part of the floor plan you want us to convert for example with a red line as we might make the wrong assumptions otherwise and only convert one part or the wrong part. In addition, make sure that the additional markings do not obscure floor plan details like walls or windows as those are required by us to create the conversion.

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