While a room’s components set the tone for the design, light determines how we present the design. It is the finishing touch that puts the entire room on display. Creating a lighting design for your office used to involve a drawn-out process for trial and error, which result in the process of elimination. However, this process could be costly and time-consuming while producing less than favorable results.


LKPB offers computer modeling services as a distinct alternative to traditional lighting design and implementation. Combining a creative spirit, the human eye, and computer technology, our engineers can partner with you to explore lighting options and engage in project completion during the planning phase of any project.


Computer modeling produces a finished product in the pre-implementation stage. In other words, you already have a solid idea of how the lighting is going to create the overall effect in the room as a first step in the process.


Utilizing the computer modeling technology presents a radical shift in your project management approach, particularly during the specifications requirements, development, and analysis stages.

The Practical Application of Computer Modeling

Computer modeling is a segment of the building image modeling (BIM) procedure in which mechanical engineers, project managers, contractors, and clients all come together to collaborate on a virtual reality platform. Thanks to the Cloud, we can now work with various entities from remote locations.


It is important to note that computer VR technology cannot and should not replace human ingenuity or intuitiveness. Thus, the most practical application for human modeling is its ability to present a generalized image of how one’s ideas may present opportunities or challenges in the creative process and change courses if needed. That feature alone makes it a valuable component in a lighting project.


Another practical application of computer modeling is that it brings another viewpoint to the table. It’s more or less another member of the design team. After all, Design is not a linear process, and the more avenues we can quickly explore and pursue with detail and accuracy, the higher the value we can bring to our clients. Computer modeling can provide quick answers and insight that may not otherwise exist before lighting implementation. We can fine-tune ideas with the client’s input early in much the same way as we would do at the end of the real project when we refine light levels in a dialogue with the client.

How Project Teams Respond to Computer Modeling

As it applies to computer modeling, project teams must now align when looking at the big picture of design vision the client had in mind. Establishing the end game involves how the organization determines project specifications such as:


●        Material selection

●        Sustainability

●        Environmental impact

●        Energy-efficiency

●        Project budget and a deadline

●        Workforce size and skill level


If some members of the team are not using computer modeling, this weak link slows down the process and creates an unbalanced workflow. Therefore, it is crucial to have everyone on board with the technology to meet deadlines, mainly if you utilize a critical path management model in which meeting the deadline is imperative.

Computer Modeling Services Available for Lighting Projects

Utilizing computer modeling, LKPB Engineers have the technology to demonstrate lighting features in a virtual reality mode. For instance, we can manipulate color temperature, tune electric lighting, dim skylights and windows, install operable roller shades or louver blinds, and manipulate person-centric lighting such as task lights and computer displays all through pre-installation automation.


These services are available to business across Minneapolis and the surrounding Minnesota area. To schedule a consultation with an LKPB engineer, call us at 612-540-5000, or you can message us on our contact page.