Virtual Reality and Constructions…building a new relationship…

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Virtual reality is pioneering significant changes in the way the building & construction works today, traditional a manpower driven industry, it is rapidly moving towards digitization and use technologies like VR to plan, construct and then market projects.

With VR technology, architects and engineers are able to explore a range of choices, generate creative ideas and engage clients more effectively by immersing them in real time scenarios, offer them design optimization and value for money invested.

Smart devices, mobile computing, enhanced connectivity, anywhere and anytime accessibility through cloud technologies along with VR enabled devices are redefining the construction industry today…

Virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays and mobile connectivity are used by architects to access all the architectural drawings in various formats, when they are on-site. Enhanced building information management (BIM) software like Autodesk help the architects to plan, design, set timelines, assimilate costing, construct and deliver their projects.

Architects and builders use VR tools when they are on-site to visualize the project in its completed form even though in reality it is only partially completed. This helps them knows exactly what work is being done, how the design is aligned to the work and how should it look like at this stage and if there are any errors or deviations from the original design for which they need to apply corrective measures immediately.

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Simulation powered by VR helps the stake holders plan minutely, incorporate changes in design and define processes, set goals and timelines, manage resources, and virtually do anything as many times as they want till a consensus is reached and the project is approved without the associated effort, cost and time spent if traditional methods were followed.

VR and modern computing help determine factors like location, temperature, the sun’s path and wind patterns which then are used to plan and design things like heating, air conditioning and other elements without moving anywhere.

All the stake holders of the project including the construction workers would have access to the project and can explore it using VR simulation tools and provide feedback before the design is finalized.

Once the design is completed the clients can be given a walk-through of the project using immersive projections to give a feel of how it will be once it is completed.

Companies like Holobuilder which is one of the leaders in utilizing VR technology for building and design work. PulteGroup uses VR to give virtual tours of unbuilt homes and IKEA’s employs VR technology to take its customers through their virtual kitchens. The future of construction is in VR…

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