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Visualization relies on using wide range of tools and expertise to provide the most appropriate response to each specific requirement. Our visualization specialists work closely with project teams tailoring media and techniques to each individual need.

Mott MacDonald's visualization team can create realistic images without the need for 3D models. Almost any data can be used, including BIM, CAD, GIS, and civil 3D.

Visualization services are tailored to the needs of each expertise:
Aviation | Environment | Fire & Life Safety | Highways & Bridges | Ports | Rail & Transit | Tunnels | Water

The team's capabilities includes the creation of the following:

Photorealistic computer-generated imagery

Rendering of Mercer Tunnel.This rendering of Seattle’s Mercer Street Tunnel shows the proposed retrofitting of new emergency exits and restriping to accommodate an HOV lane. The central lane can be converted to use by light rail transit. Ceiling vent openings are shown.

Photomontage: still and animated

Photomontage showing LRT at University of Maryland.Photomontage is the blending of computer-generated images or animations into still photographs, to show how a design will fit into the surrounding environment.

This image shows an aboveground portion of a proposed at-grade light rail line at the University of Maryland. The location of the line on a steep narrow road used by students posed safety issues.

2D and 3D animation

3D image of trucks from an animation.

In Laguna Beach, California, replacement of a leaking wastewater pipe that ran under multimillion-dollar properties posed special challenges, including tight time and location restrictions, and the need to minimize noise, eyesores, and other disruptions, and a requirement to replace palm trees removed in the course of construction. A series of visualizations aided the planning process.

Sunlight, daylight, overshadowing, and glare studies

Visualization Mosaic Stadium in Saskatchewan.Mosaic Stadium, the home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, is located on a flat prairie where winds can be strong and variable, and temperatures range from -30° to +30° C (-22° to 86° F).

Visualization done by Mott MacDonald helped create a design for a revitalized stadium. The sunken-bowl design shelters the field from wind while ensuring autumn sunlight and summer shade.


Visualization is not related to any one single piece of software or process, nor do all of these techniques require detailed 3D modeling. Where 3D modeling is required it need not be realistic, emphasizing in scale or importance different areas as required.

The software used by our team will vary from project to project and will often be linked directly to the engineering software used to produce the design. The core visualization software used is the following:

  • Autodesk 3d Max Design Studio
  • Adobe Production Premium, which includes Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects
  • Archvision RPC content
  • iToo Plugins, including Forest Pack Pro
  • Earth Tools

Further supporting tools used for specific requirements such as building, terrain, and alignment manipulation include these:

  • Autodesk Revit
  • Autodesk Civil 3D
  • Bentley Microstation
  • Bentley BR

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