Design: Virtual and Augmented Reality in the Building Industry

Augmented and Virtual Reality are part and parcel of the innovative processes involving building design. In effect, immersive technologies allow engineers, architects and surveyors to see things from a different perspective during the design phases. As a result, professionals can control the quality of their projects in real time, adopt different solutions and make changes, especially those requested by clients.

Design in VR and AR reduces working times and error margins in the design phases. Moreover, the new innovative representations in Virtual Reality create 3D renderings, movies and animations of the work that “immerse” the client in the project.

BIM, Virtual and Augmented Reality in Design

Virtual and Augmented Reality show all their incisiveness and interactivity in building design with numerous advantages for professionals and clients. The old models such as technical drawings in 2D are outdated and unsuitable to make the client “see” instantly how the work will be structured.

Among the innovations is B.I.M. (acronym for “Building Information Modeling”). It is a model that digitally reproduces the various characteristics of a construction. BIM software collects all the data of a construction, digitally combining and linking them. For professionals who rely on technology, this is a real opportunity to have all the information and follow every operation, from planning to design, from implementation to maintenance.

Let’s take the construction industry: BIM finds its perfect match with both VR and AR. How?

With Virtual Reality simulations, all the components of the work (e.g. structural and plant components) can be displayed. Consequently, the project is analyzed even before it is realized. Avoiding possible errors or intervening immediately on modifications and proposals requested by the client is now possible.

Augmented Reality Architecture: Fewer Errors, More Efficiency

Let’s take maintenance in the construction industry. With smart glasses equipped with Augmented Reality, architects and field technicians can “see” through walls. Therefore, they can see exactly how to arrange electrical systems in the cavity.

With Augmented Reality, then, construction experts have an accurate and complete view of the project. They can view the results in real time, right from the early stages of the project. If they find problems or if doubts arise, unforeseen events, variations that clients demand, they intervene before it’s too late. In this way, intervention times are reduced, errors and costs decrease.

Efficiency is therefore one of the advantages of these immersive technologies in construction.

As is on site safety and team collaboration. In fact, on-the-field technicians wearing wearable devices in AR can share notes, videos, photos and other data with their colleagues in the field or remotely. This fosters cooperation in resolving issues and preventing construction errors. The adoption of Augmented Reality for businesses translates into expertise, trust and customer satisfaction.

Virtual Reality Design in Construction: Benefits

The benefits of virtual design in the construction industry are enormous. The professionals who use these innovative solutions applied to goggles are able to simulate in a “realistic” way the phases of construction. The representations of the project exceed 2D technical drawings.

So, with the use of Virtual Reality in construction design, architects, interior designers, technicians and engineers can present and manage their projects in an innovative way.

Think of the 3D model rendered directly on a VR goggle: with real time rendering, professionals have new ways for the various stages of design. Then there are, for example, photorealistic renderings, 3D axonometries, virtual animations. With these advanced solutions, errors can be corrected, saving on maintenance costs. In addition, cloud sharing data and reports facilitate remote collaboration.

Also among the advantages is the opportunity to present your projects to customers through hi-tech immersive solutions that allow the latter to experience the commissioned work, satisfying their tastes and possible last-minute changes.

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