3D Model Submission

Purpose of the specifications

Use of 3D models for assessing certain types of development applications is desired by Moreton Bay Regional Council as it can streamline assessment processes and more effectively identify potential opportunities for the development up front.

This document is to provide technical guidance for 3D models submitted to Moreton Bay Regional Council for development application assessment so that 3D models can be incorporated efficiently into the MBRC 3D Model.

Which types of development applications should submit a 3D model?

Any significant development and/or the amendment of existing building, where building is at least 3 storeys or 10 metres in height OR where gross floor area (GFA) exceeds 1000m2 for Residential, Commercial, Retail or Community purpose types of development.

Technical Specifications for 3D models

Units

To represent real world dimensions, scale and location. The model units MUST be in meters at a scale of 1:1. It is also desirable that the model is based on GDA1994 (or GDA2020) MGA Zone 56 Coordinate system and Australian Height Datum for elevation.

Required Elements

All the models should include the following details:

  • Appropriate placement of major design significance such as doors, access and awnings, roof details, terraces and other exterior design elements such as glazing and frames, balconies and balustrades.
  • Prominent internal structural elements such as floor slabs, walls and columns.
  • Relevant material and texture. The model must be colored properly if the textures are not provided.

All the models should NOT include the following details:

  • All the unnecessary interior elements such as furniture and appliances.
  • All the unnecessary external elements such as road assets, vehicles, plants, people.

Format

Format
File extension Comment
SKP Preferred format.
Relevant material and texture should be included
DAE Preferred format
DWG/DXF Replace the material with suitable colour for each object layer
3DS
OBJ Relevant textures and .mtl file should be included
FBX
KMZ

All the 3D models are to be submitted in one of the following formats:

File name

The file name should include the site address.

Example: 2HaskingStreet.skp

Additional specific software settings

Trimble SketchUp

  • Remove ALL the unnecessary interior elements such as furniture and appliances.
  • Use standard colours or materials in JPEG or PNG formats.

Autodesk AutoCAD

  • Replace the material with appropriate colour for each object layer.
  • Remove ALL the unnecessary interior/external elements.
  • Export model in DWG format.

Autodesk Revit

  • Remove ALL the unnecessary interior/external elements.
  • Set the fill pattern in a "coarse" detail level view.
  • The model could be exported as FBX/3DS format.

Autodesk 3DS Max

  • Remove ALL the unnecessary interior elements such as furniture and appliances.
  • Use diffuse colours or textures in JPEG; TIFF or PNG formats.
  • Activate the "Embed Media" option to make the FBX plug-in include (embed) associated media (textures) within the FBX file
  • Export model in FBX format.

Graphisoft Archicad

  • Turn off or delete unnecessary objects within a 3D view and set scale to 1:1.
  • Replace the material with appropriate colour for each object layer and export the model in DWG format.
  • Export model in 3DS format and any relevant textures and materials should be included.

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