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.
VR can fully integrate designers, contractors and clients with a new space before construction even begins. Beyond seeing what something will look like, this technology allows for an immersive experience, complete with sound, interactive spaces and full-body motion control.
“The use of VR and various gaming technologies creates an environment of collaboration and better coordination among all parties,” said RS&H Visualization Leader Tim Witsil, who presented during an ENR Webinar on the Visual Jobsite Thursday. “With these capabilities, we can create a higher quality product, which ultimately leads to higher client satisfaction.”
VR has several benefits:
- Design immersion – Virtually exploring and interacting with a space and the objects within it.
- Simulated construction – Virtually simulating the built environment in order to fine tune the construction process.
- Marketing opportunities – Virtually communicates to stakeholders and potential investors.