Detailed and accurate 3D renderings

Typically, artist renderings of structures, roadways, and community landscapes are perceived as conceptual and generate more questions than answers.

3D still images (also known as high-resolution renders) produced by McElhanney are engineering grade and are based on high-resolution data representing existing site conditions overlaid with highly accurate and conceptual engineered designs. Present concise renderings of upcoming projects at your next open house to promote clarity and reduce confusion.


“The renderings are amazing… The renderings look so good, it’s hard to tell what’s real and what isn’t.”
– Senior Project Engineer, Metro Vancouver

Sliders for high-resolution renders

Sliders are a particularly compelling way to present high-resolution renders. Explore how sliders work with the examples below by dragging the arrows left or right.

Lower Capilano Road – North Vancouver, BC

Capilano Road and Marine Drive Intersection – North Vancouver, BC

Take the next step with augmented reality and fly throughs

Take high-resolution renders a step further with visualization services like augmented reality or fly throughs.

As a user, upload a design to your mobile device or headset and see a project before it moves into bidding and construction in order to:

  • Optimize proposed layouts
  • Balance a wide range of project objectives
  • Reduce waste and increase design efficiencies

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Explore examples of high-resolution renders we’ve created for our clients

Malahat Corridor

Malahat Hwy 1 Safety Improvements
2020 | Trans-Canada Highway / Goldstream Provincial Park, Vancouver Island
Just north of Victoria, the Goldstream Provincial Park is a popular attraction, drawing thousands of onlookers annually to watch the Goldstream River salmon run. Those visitors arrive at the park via the Trans-Canada Highway 1, the main north-south corridor on Vancouver Island.
With the Malahat Corridor Improvement Project, the BC Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure has been improving the safety of Highway 1 by installing a median barrier and other upgrades.

Coquitlam Water Tower

Coquitlam Intake Tower - augmented reality rendering

2018 | Coquitlam, BC

The Coquitlam Intake Tower was constructed in 1913. The American Water Works Association has designated the tower a heritage landmark structure.

Because of the intake tower’s age and status as a vital piece of infrastructure in the area’s water supply system, a seismic upgrade was necessary to stabilize the structure and to guarantee safe and high-quality drinking water in the event of seismic activity. McElhanney to provided a high-definition survey with 3D model to support the seismic upgrade design.

Bear Creek Bridge Replacement

Bear Creek Bridge

2017-2019 | Surrey, BC

The Bear Creek Bridge replacement was part of early works to help accommodate future light rail transit (LRT) on King George Boulevard. The previous timber trestle bridge was constructed in the 1930s and was too narrow to accommodate existing traffic or LRT loads. The new bridge design removed piers from within the sensitive creek area, while providing a wider structure to handle the demands of the busy corridor.

In addition to replacing the bridge, this project included a strong environmental component. Creek fisheries had been severely degraded in and around the existing bridge from the narrowing of the creek

Ross Road Upgrades

Ross road

2019-2021 | North Vancouver, BC

Ross Road is located between Mountain Highway and Allan Road in the District of North Vancouver. McElhanney designed replacement bridges for the aging Coleman Creek and Hastings Creek crossings. This involved hydraulic modeling to optimize the roadway approaches and bridge geometry to achieve the maximum freeboard possible.

During the conceptual design stage, cast-in-place, partial precast, and full depth precast concrete options for the superstructure were considered alongside a steel option.

Vedder Roundabout

Chilliwack Roundabout

2017-2018 | Chilliwack, BC

Due to dense development in the Chilliwack center and Cultus Lake Recreational area, the existing Vedder Road was overcapacity. The City retained a design build contractor to develop options to improve capacity and take into consideration truck routing, accommodation of bicycle and pedestrian crossings, relocation of existing poles, and minimizing private property impacts.

McElhanney acted as the prime engineer for the contractor and developed engineering design options, including a three-leg roundabout perched on a hillside.

No. 2 Road

Road rendering

2016-2019 | Richmond, BC

Defined as an arterial roadway and a gateway to Steveston Village, No. 2 Road saw an increase in traffic volumes that, along with aging infrastructure, required road widening and intersection upgrades. The improvements also impacted BC Hydro overhead and underground wires, significant trees along the east right-of-way limit, a major drainage box sewer, an existing watercourse, roadside ditches, significant street side parking, and other utilities. An important feature was the inclusion of a multi-use pathway along the length of this popular corridor.