Over the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a good friend of mine, Chuck Lundgren of Iris Software, on the Freeport Regional Water Authority project. As the end of the contract approached he asked me to create a 3D animation of the intake facility and adjoining pipeline segments. Always glad to tackle a 3D challenge, I modeled and rendered the intake facility and the several twists and turns of miles of pipeline that connects the Sacramento river to the Folsom South Canal .
The model of the building was provided to me in a CAD file which needed several days of “fixing” to make everything render correctly. I built everything else from scratch basing much of the layout on a simple Google satellite map. I used Lightwave 9.6 for both the modeling and rendering. Of course, there was the occasional trip to After Effects for integration with some of the 2D mapping elements.