How to make a 3D model of a several buildings for a presentation?

I have been asked to provide a 3D presentation model of a marina, with boats, external stuff, etc.

I don't have a clue how I would be able to do so, so I would greatly appreciate some help.

The models does not need to be perfect, as it is for the presentation, but it would need to be pretty.

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mrmutConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
OK, thank you very much.
Dan CraciunConnect With a Mentor IT ConsultantCommented:
Well, I would advise to get help!

I did 3D modeling and animation for a TV station, in the early 2000s (3dsMax). It's not hard, but will take you a long time to learn the basics and your chosen software. Plus the modeling per se is tedious.

You could use Autocad to do the modeling, but unless it improved a lot, it falls short on the "pretty" part (if you want a 3D walk-by/walk-through). But if you already know Autocad it's easier to model there and then import the models into 3dsMax and do the shading/animation there.

To sum it up: you can do it. In 6 months, after you take some classes and pay for the required software. There are free 3D modeling packages, don't know how easy it is to learn them and how good the rendering quality is.

Or, you can hire a professional and have your presentation ready in 2 weeks.

Do the math and see what option makes the most sense.

mrmutAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot.

Do you have any experience with photogrammetry applications?
Dan CraciunConnect With a Mentor IT ConsultantCommented:
Saw some videos with models created using stereophotogrammetry (if that's the fancy word for generating 3D models from several 2D images) but I don't know if you can do that for large models like boats and buildings.
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