Delving Deep into 3D Modelling: Craftsmanship Meets Technology

At Michael Gallie and Partners, we take the attitude that if we can measure it, then we can 3D model it. Our clients are now increasingly instructing our 3D modelling services over our traditional 2D deliverables.


An In-depth Look at 3D Modelling Services and Their Varied Specifications

For over five decades, the built environment has been meticulously recorded, giving rise to the transformative realm of 3D modelling. Serving a diverse clientele on noteworthy projects, 3D modelling has evolved to offer a spectrum of outputs, encompassing traditional CAD and the avant-garde BIM formats. While customization remains a forte, most 3D modelling projects can be classified based on their level of detail:

1. 3D Mass Models: The Essential Structures

A glimpse into the foundation, these models showcase the rudimentary mass of any building, capturing it in its most elementary form. They depict the fundamental heights but steer clear of intricate architectural nuances.

2. 3D Rights of Light Style Models: A Touch of Specificity

Going a notch higher, these models articulate the building’s mass, highlighting key features like openings, apertures, and the basic silhouette of roofs. Significant roof utilities, cornices, and cills further get outlined, offering a more defined perspective.

3. 3D Detailed Architectural & MEP Models: The Art of Accuracy

The pièce de résistance in the 3D modelling repertoire, these models can be tailored to encapsulate vast architectural specifics as per preference. Be it the charm of interiors or the grandeur of exteriors, every nook and cranny can be sculpted with unmatched finesse. Furthermore, varying levels of detail can be injected into different segments, rendering them versatile and robust.


Striving for harmony between client aspirations and deliverables is pivotal. Collaborative brainstorming during the costing phase ensures that the final product resonates with both the stipulated scope and budgetary constraints. To enhance decision-making, a tailor-made BIM specification document can be shared, aiding in refining the desired 3D model’s specificity and detail.

All models boast alignment with the OS grid and datum. The foundation for these intricate creations stems from state-of-the-art laser scanners, with the 3D point cloud being the linchpin. Furthermore, for those seeking an added dimension, the raw point cloud can be availed in any industry-recognized format, complementing the 3D model.


3D Modelling: The Confluence of Vision and Expertise

Navigating the fascinating corridors of 3D modelling underlines the symbiotic relationship between artistic vision and technological prowess. As this realm continues to flourish, it promises architectural marvels, rooted in accuracy and brought to life with an unparalleled touch of craftsmanship.


Michael Gallie & Partners are regulated by the RICS and have industry leading £10 million Professional Indemnity insurance cover.

If you need any advice on commissioning a 3D model, please contact Sam Lloyd at Michael Gallie & Partners who will be happy to assist you in this matter.



1. What sets 3D Detailed Architectural & MEP models apart from the rest?

Their unparalleled depth, detailing both internal and external architectural facets with accuracy.

2. How do laser scanners enhance the 3D modelling process?

They capture exhaustive, accurate data, forming the basis for intricate 3D models.

3. Is customization possible across all levels of 3D modelling?

Absolutely! Each model can be tailored to align with specific project needs and preferences.

4. What’s the significance of the 3D point cloud in modelling?

It provides a comprehensive data set, enabling the creation of accurate and detailed models.

5. Can 3D models be integrated with other architectural tools and platforms?

Yes, these models are versatile and compatible with a variety of industry-standard tools and software.