Startup of the day: Siscín
It's Mayo week in The Daily Business Post. Every day, we profile a Mayo-based startup. Today it's Siscín, which specialises in 3D visualisations and animations of designs and plans.
**Founders:** Dan Deery
**Support:** Enterprise Ireland and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)
**What it does:** 3D visualisation and animation
While most people's experience of 3D animation is limited to their nearest multiplex, the technology has applications far beyond cinema. 3D visualisations and animations can be used to give a better representation of designs in areas such as infrastructure projects or product developement.
Siscín was founded by Dan Deery to provide an outsourcing service for projects that need 3D versions of their designs and plans. The Mayo-based company was founded in January this year.
Deery had previously worked with 3D in the oil industry. Currently Deery is finding a lot of his business coming in the form of 3D versions of road and rail plans.
“3D is not just for pictures, we use it for design problems,” said Deery. “It is too expensive for companies to do it in house and it is not something they would need everyday.”
The company recently finished a job for Mayo County Council, which involved creating 3D versions for a number of road junction plans. Siscín also recently worked with Waterways Ireland.
“A lot of people don't understand drawings of buildings and roads,” said Deery. “If you model a design in 3D, render it and do an animation or image, they can clearly see what is going to be built or what the design is going to be.”
Originally Deery started out doing designs for architecture and engineering projects. The company has found that other areas are looking for 3D rendering, such as product design.
“Clients are requesting this a lot because they want to see exactly what they are getting,” said Deery. “Also where people are trying to raise money, they often will do a 3D version of a design to show potential investors.”
So far the company has been self-funded. Deery took part in the New Frontiers programme in GMIT, which is run in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland.
Deery is hoping to raise investment to help purchase new equipment for the company and also potentially add some additional staff.
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