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Space Planning Fast and in Detail

Space planning is faster when you start with an up to date HELIX Twin. Variations can be quickly created and experienced. The team involved in creating the space can share a common understanding of what will be delivered. They can visit and revisit the virtual space whenever and wherever they like.

Artists renderings of spaces are not new. Developers use them to sell new projects. They are expensive and are used occasionally, mostly for high value properties. Because they are time consuming to create they are the final product of a design process. An artist's rendering is typically commissioned after the design is finished.

Digital Staging is similar to traditional artist renderings. Using a computer model a space is furnished and rendered and presented so that the viewer can experience how the space might look. Ideally the software allows the viewer to move through the space naturally in any direction.

The HELIX platform allows designers to create and viewers to experience space designs through a web interface. An existing digital twin allows digital staging faster and for less. By reducing the time and cost, more possibilities can be explored. And design ideas can be evaluated by the designer as part of the creative process not just as a final presentation tool.

Faster 3D Layout Exploration

A HELIX Twin is an accurate, empty, digital "dollhouse". Digital staging is simply filling the dollhouse with furniture and applying materials and color. Many thousands of furniture items are already digitized. Creating a space design requires importing and placing these items. This means that layout ideas can be explored fast. For the tenant, this gives you the chance to see issues early and to have an informed opinion about design directions. For the designer this means that potential problems can be spotted early avoiding client disappointment. Creative designer can use the digital staging as a way to communicate the value of design decisions that the client has trouble visualizing (and thus paying for).

the HELIX Digital Twin platform enables rapid design exploration and communication

caption: multiple layout options for a small office space

Simple, Realistic Experience

A traditional artist's rendering of an unbuilt space can be readily understood by everyone. In the digital world, a virtual reality (VR) headset is required to allow viewers to experience a design as if they were in the space. Using the HELIX "photo tour" interface, untrained viewers can experience the space as if they were in the space without a headset. By removing the requirement for a headset (and powerful computer) anyone can experience the space design, anytime.

The HELIX photo tour interface works the same as a Google Maps "street view". The viewer is shown a view of a space that is rendered to work the same as a 360º photo. The viewer can rotate and tip the image to look anywhere and to move easily from one view location to another. The HELIX viewer does not require a fast computer and works well on mobile devices.

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Digital Staging Makes Sharing Easy

By delivering the 3D digital staging in an intuitive, web experience, sharing becomes simple. Designers can view space ideas with clients. Clients can share them with other stakeholders. Brokers can share them with prospective tenants. And they can do so even if they are in different places. The HELIX platform also allows viewers to take snapshots of the 3D model. A snapshot is a regular digital photo of what the viewer sees when they are navigating a 3D digital model. Snapshots simplify discussions by allowing quick illustration of points.

As simple as it is to navigate a space in 3D with HELIX, sometimes it is better to just send a simple snapshot image. Snapshots of a digital staging environment can be attached to email or text messages to draw attention to the scene without having to navigate the model at all.

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Digital Staging Removes Surprises

When we buy or lease space we take a leap of faith. We believe that, based on our experience, we can imagine what the space might become. When we hire an interior architect we take another leap of faith. Since we like their past work we will like what they create for us. Of course we have a say in what gets designed, but we have to imagine what a schematic floor plan and a "mood board" will look like when the project is complete. Too often we are surprised. By exploring designs in a digital staging environment we see what might be in advance. By digitally staging a space in HELIX we can review and share the space, long before it actually exists.

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