Verified View | Accurate Visual Representation (AVR) | Visually Verified Montage (VVM)

We provide verified views to assist architects and developers gain planning approval.

They are also referred to as AVR – Accurate Visual Representations and VVM – Visually Verified Montages. These images are requested by the planning authority to support applications for developments within a sensitive context.
A Verified View is an accurate photomontage – Verified meaning the information regarding the camera location and key reference points in the View have been surveyed.

The survey data is imported into our 3D software to locate the camera and accurately align it with the 3D model of the proposed design. A detailed methodology is provided that describes our process suitable for submission as part of a Planning Application and Landscape Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA).

There are 4 types of output

Level 0 occluded coloured area
Level 1 occluded wireframe
Level 2 flat shaded single material model
Level 3 full proposed material model and replication of lighting in the photograph

Verified View Level Sample Guide

What we need from you

To provide a free quotation all we need is a brief description of the verified views you require with a copy of any relevant photographs and drawings you may have at this stage.


This type of project is usually completed in 2-4 weeks.

Our process

We develop the verified view as follows

Site photography - after liaising with you to establish the best viewpoints, we visit site to take high resolution architectural photographs.

Site survey - Our survey team – CD Surveys Ltd – visit the site and carry out the survey in accordance with the standard ‘Topographical Survey Specifications’ as set by the The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Land Surveyor and the Architect (LSA) offering a plan and height accuracy of 15-50mm for these locations.

Detailed model - we can use your 3D model or create our own from CAD drawings provided

Camera matching - the survey and camera information is imported into the 3D environment to recreate virtual cameras locations ans settings

Materials and lighting - material finishes (for level 3 only) and lighting are added using the photography as a reference to ensure the proposed work sits comfortably within it's setting.

Post production - the hues, saturation, light and contrast are fine tuned to realistic

Methodology Documentation - We can provide a full methodology document situable for incorporating within a LVIA. Our process is in accordance with best industry practice as outlined in - The Landscape Institute Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, 3rd Edition (April 2013) | The Landscape Institute Advice Note 01/11 Photography and Photomontage in Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (Jan 2011) | Landscape Institute Technical Guidance Note Public Consultation Draft 2018-06-01 (Jun 2018) | London Plan 2011 Implementation Framework (March 2012) London View Management Framework Supplymentary Planning Guidance, Appendix C: Accurate Visual Representations | Scottish Natural Heritage Visual Representation of Wind Farms Guidance Version 2.2 (Feb 2017)

We will always make our ideas and intentions clear during the project and are open to take on board comments you may have, ensuring you get exactly what you need.

If you have any questions regarding Verified Views and the techniques we use please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact us now to get a no obligation quotation