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Case study – Sportvest “Junior Multi Arena”

 

The case

Have you ever regretted having your sports court installed in the wrong place?! You feel like it would be much better if it were on a spot a few meters to the right but now it is too late? That’s about to change. Sportvest has this great product called “Junior Multi Arena” which is basically a series of modulars fences that lets you assemble several different arenas configurations. On top of that, it that gives the customer the ability to move the arena around as you will. If you need to disassemble the modules and store it somewhere else, protected from the cold of the severe winter for an instance, you can easily do that. You are no longer forever grounded to the place where you first install them. You can move them around! Yes, they are pinned to the ground by a series of removable pins. Isn’t that great?!

This how we got to meet Eldar meek, Sportvest’s manager. They wanted a 3d illustration of one of their arenas configurations for their brochures and we gladly accepted the challenge. ;)

 

Research

First thing to do, is understanding the product. Eldar provided us plenty of material. CAD drawings, rough renders, blueprints, everything we needed.

 

3D

We could now start the modelling stage. Based on the material we started building the modelling and due to the enormous amount of specifications, we were able to model everything, down to the tiniest screw of the modules.

 

With all the modules ready, we assembled the big Junior Multi Arena (JMA), which had 10,6m x 7m. We also positioned the camera in a way that we could see not only the modules but also the floor of the arena itself, since Sportvest offers three different “flavours” for it.

 

Model ready, some shading tests. Time to experiment and replicate the way the materials behaves to light.

 

Post production

Model and shading approved, it is time to render! We usually render everything separately and composite it back together in Photoshop. This way, we have a lot of flexibility to make adjustments to the parts without the need of going back to the 3D software and rendering it all again. For the first illustration, we rendered 6 “passes” for the post production.

 

Besides, we would have one camera position for 3 different materials for the court. Therefore we still had 2 more variations to illustrate. With this workflow, instead of rendering everything from scratch again, we could render just the two extra court materials, saving us LOTS of rendering time.

 

 
And the final results:



 

The icing on the cake

Imagine how awesome it would be if the client could see how the arena would look like on their school’s patio before actually purchasing it? Mind blowing!
We needed a picture that would be merged with our tridimensional arena and we found this perfect location on one of Volda’s educational buildings. A large area big enough to hold the configuration we were working with (10,6m x 7m).
We photographed 4 pictures and stitched them together in order to have a higher resolution image to work with.

 

We could now position the camera in 3D, render it, clean and retouch the photo eliminating the volleyball nets and light poles from the picture, add the 3D passes on top and post produce it all together.

 

Final result