3D visualizations play a significant role in the planning, development, and execution of railway projects. Currently, many regions have planned the construction of new railway lines and the modernization of existing ones. This is in line with the adopted strategy for the development of railway transport infrastructure. 3D visualizations enable a better understanding of the spatial structure and the maximum utilization of the potential of a given area.
The projects being carried out must meet European Union standards. The goal of building and modernizing railway lines is to improve the connectivity between important national economic centers and major urban areas, enhance passenger comfort and safety, and increase railway accessibility in many areas that were not previously served by railway infrastructure.
Due to the size and complexity of railway projects, the execution time is extremely challenging to estimate and is fully dependent on the scope of the investment.
Materials published by the investor in the form of 3D visualizations aim to present the concept of the railway line, the characteristic objects of the railway, and the passenger information system.
The main goal is complemented by detailed objectives, which include improving the efficiency of railway transport, increasing its safety, and improving the quality of passenger and freight transport. The results of these actions will also include shorter travel times, improved railway transport safety, travel comfort, and the removal of barriers hindering cargo transport.
In recent years, numerous renovations, reconstructions, and modernizations of railway stations have also taken place. The implementation of such a large project would be very challenging without the use of three-dimensional technology in the form of 3D visualizations. It provides the opportunity to verify the validity of the assumed concepts, test alternative design solutions, or aesthetics before starting work. Furthermore, it allows for the verification of whether the imposed requirements are met in terms of both visual and functional aspects, and how modern elements will look in conjunction with the historic railway station building or the surrounding architecture. It should be remembered that a railway station is usually one of the first buildings seen by visiting tourists. Therefore, it serves a representative function and is the showcase of a city.
Considering the enormity and complexity of the work being carried out, not every graphic design company takes on such a responsible task as creating 3D materials for the railway industry. This requires not only multi-stage work, knowledge, and experience of a whole team of people who know their craft but also knowledge of legal regulations and appropriately powerful computer equipment.
To properly present the scale of such complex investments for promotional and informational materials, drone footage and high-performance computing devices are often used to render all the materials in a relatively short time.
An additional option that clients often choose is to create a dynamic 3D railway animation, through which viewers can even better experience the atmosphere and get an idea of the project.