There’s a big difference between looking at a picture and being in a picture.
It was the first meeting at the project site. Hesitation quickly turned to panic after discovering major errors in the plans. These mistakes were going to cost millions and put safety at risk.
Everyone stood in shock. Only the project manager was smiling.
“It’s a good thing we’re looking at a game-engine simulation. Otherwise, this would have been disastrous for the project,” he said.
One thing instantly became clear to everyone who took part in the simulation: the game engine is no longer just for entertainment. It is a technology that offers tremendous value to the AEC industry. With scenarios like this becoming commonplace, game engines are finding their way out of video-game production studios and into the hands of architects, engineers and contractors.
How often do you check your voicemail from your home phone and check your email from your home computer?
Those eras are long gone for most people. For those who use a cell phone or a laptop computer or tablet, we want the technology to work faster and faster for us. Given that a cell phone is eligible for upgrade in less than 2 years, technology renewal is more rapid than ever before. Mobile applications must catch up and be compatible to the new hardware and their operating systems.
As we continue to see the many new advances that are being made in the area of transportation technology, we cannot help but wonder what the transportation and tolling industry will look like in 10 to 15 years.
Will the current business models for tolling agencies be the same? Will the need for more flexibility be the norm? No matter what, we can all agree that things as we know it will change.
The challenge architects and engineers often face is how to thoroughly present plans that show their vision.
For years, designers, contractors and owners had to rely on two-dimensional drawings to convey their ideas. Everything changed with the arrival of three-dimensional (3D) computer-aided design (CAD). Even today’s 3D renderings come up short when trying to offer a holistic view of a jobsite.
But the latest visualization technology – virtual reality – is changing the way we communicate and experience the built world. Introduced and advanced by the video game industry, virtual reality (VR) has found its way into the AEC industry.