When you think of a project’s lifecycle, chances are virtual and augmented reality technologies may not immediately come to mind. In recent years, mobile technologies have changed the face of design and construction by becoming tools that support traditional methods, allowing people to conduct business on the go. You will find mobile combined with virtual and augmented reality technologies empowers clients, designers and builders alike.
As virtual reality technologies become more commonplace, there is a growing demand for a spatial understanding of the future building and its' workspaces. From a builder’s perspective, there is increasing pressure to perform more efficiently without sacrificing quality and safety. The only way to enable these efficiencies is by rethinking the project delivery method.
It is pretty well understood that every project requires a different set of skills from from each stakeholder. When rethinking a project’s delivery, a majority of the important decisions occur early on in the design phase. Let’s suppose all the stakeholders are included at this phase allowing for more accurate scope and geometric detail. Together, project stakeholders could make decisions that would lead to dramatic effects on the physical construction of the project in the areas of timing, delivery and cost.
Long gone are the days of gathering around project renderings with the entire team to work through design and construction elements. These days, architects, engineers and general contractors, designers, and tradespeople have turned to virtual reality because the drawings only offer a two dimensional view. Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s first get a definitive understanding of virtual reality and how it can be used in the AEC industry to deliver results.