5 Ways Virtual Reality Software is Transforming Construction

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Virtual Reality Software is Transforming Construction

It's not just for video games - virtual reality software is truly revolutionizing the construction industry. Are you on top of this trend? Get into it here.

Virtual and augmented reality have made a splash in the consumer world but it's not just for video games. There is a good chance they will do so for construction and architecture as well.

Augmented reality (AR) has shown up as part of current mobile games, notably the popular Pokemon Go. Hold up your phone, and you can catch the little pocket monsters that appear along with the real world objects around you.

Fox has taken virtual reality software to the logical next step. The broadcaster has made a prequel to their new show, 24: Legacy, available as a VR experience.

With a number of devices appearing, from the Samsung Gear to the Google Cardboard, VR and AR experiences are becoming mainstream and cost-effective for consumers. But now traditional B2B services, like architecture and construction, are finding the technologies have a number of benefits for them, as well. 

But now traditional B2B services, like architecture and construction, are finding the technologies have a number of benefits for them, as well. 

Construction projects and the architectural design process both look to benefit from the use of VR and AR technologies and 3D renderings

Validate Design Decisions

VR will allow architects to be able to view 3D models of their buildings, at scale, in the environment where the building is intended to be built.

This one-to-one exercise will make it easier to validate various design decisions by view the building in reference to the place in the real world where it will exist. The 3D renders will allow them to see how different textures, colors, and elements will look in various lighting conditions.

This will also let architects "try on" various elements before committing them to the plans.

Improve Field Team Knowledge

With a 3D rendering or animation of a project available via AR, field teams can view the project at the actual site.

This contextual knowledge can lead to increased awareness of potential problems before construction has even begun. Being able to see changes in place also lets field teams see where quality issues might come into play.

Safety Training and Evaluation

Both VR and AR can help increase safety on job sites.

With scenario-based training, construction workers can try out safety practices they learn in the classroom in a safe, virtual environment. AR, on the other hand, has the potential to make job sites themselves safer, with data like environmental factors displayed against the background of the actual site.

By displaying this information on safety goggles with something like the Microsoft HoloLens technology, foremen could see potential hazards in real time.

Improved Bidding and Client Approvals

For architects, being able to show clients a walk through of their design could lead to faster approvals and prevent late project changes.

The clients would be able to see the project as if it were already built, ensuring they are on board with everything the designer has laid out. For contractors, being able to share a blow up of a particular section 

For contractors, being able to share a blow up of a particular section will give materials vendors and subcontractors a clear idea of the designer's vision. This will help eliminate miscommunications that can increase budgets and timelines.

The construction industry and architects stand to benefit greatly from advances and availability of virtual and augmented reality applications. With in-place full sized designs and full walkthrus available, customers will be sure of what they are getting, builds can be more accurate, less costly and less prone to budget overrun, and sites can all around be safer.

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