VR Improves Projects for Architects & BIM Managers

Posted by Kate Barlow on 28th August 2019

When teams collaborate in VR around architecture they can combine the best attributes of remote meetings, collaborative design and an immersive VR experience for architecture.

When BIM managers and architects design in VR they bring human scale to the user in a way that is invaluable to someone who might not be able to grasp scale from a 2D plan. VR allows us to visit the building on the inside and offers an immersive environment. This facilitates professionals’ and clients’ understanding of relationships between spaces and lighting conditions, on a level that conventional scale models never would be. This demonstrates both interior light and a superior level of detail in a way that cannot be experienced otherwise.

Social VR for Collaboration & Communication

Social VR allows real-time collaboration, communication and an expression of one’s ideas using 3D sketching tools. We benefit from smooth communication in a VR Environment and discussions supported by expressive sketches which are close to a perfect collaboration solution for architecture. When you can state your point verbally and draw out your suggestion in shared 3D space for other users to experience, it makes design suggestions accessible for non-specialists, and brings all users to same level / common understanding. This can improve decision making and help you as an architect or BIM manager to convey your message effectively within your teams.

Social VR gives people access to public 3D repositories from inside VR which allows us to place furnishing and models into the VR environment without sketching. Sketching is powerful and intuitive tool for collaborative model revision and feedback. We can use 3D object libraries to quickly furnish the spaces with real scale objects. We can also use furniture libraries to access 3D models of real pieces that could be purchased to complete the interior exactly in line with the design.

Adding BIM data to VR

VR in architecture can be further improved with interactive environment and building models, BIM data, textures and finishes. When you use a data-rich model, an interactive material selection can also be offered from within VR. You can create a building model from scratch or manipulated from within, using selection of textures and prefab models.

A model of an existing building can serve as an interactive guide to the property, which provides excellent opportunities for anyone marketing properties. There are huge benefits to delivering your interactive models online by embedding the viewer in your webpage; and by using the floor plan viewer on handheld devices. Another advantage is that interactive models of existing buildings don’t deteriorate over time so they can be used for reconstruction and maintenance projects.

It is exciting for us to access interactive environments – and Tridify let’s us do this via mobile devices so we really do have 3D anytime. Anywhere.

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