Visualisation saves time on site and makes for more detailed designs.

Using modern visualisation techniques it is possible to build a show in virtual space.

This means that ideas can be tested, in real time, and programming completed before even getting into a venue.

Whilst not necessary for every project; if you have a short fit-up or tech period or a complex show, visualisation can lighten the load. 

skylight

Theatre Clwyd.

James Perkins' subtly complex and striking set demanded a careful approach.

Using 3D models allowed me to very precisely place fixtures. This was critical in avoiding the large flown panels and choosing precise angles to light the rooms.

It was also a powerful tool in deciding the location of the 300+ LED fixtures placed in the cinder blocks. 

the barber of seville

Iford Arts/Charles Court Opera.

Sometimes it's more convenient to build designs in virtual space first.

I chose to add positions outside the playing area in the cloister at Iford Manor. This is something that had never been done before.

Carefully calculating, or experimenting with, the height for the bars wasn't necessary on-site; saving time on an already brief fit-up.

the barber of seville

Iford Arts/Charles Court Opera.

Once a model is built and the lights "hung" different viewing angles and states are easy to experiment with.

This is particularly useful in venues such as Iford.

The audience view, from all four sides, can be simulated. Once again, meaning that there are fewer surprises on tech days.