Build your next architectural masterpiece using virtual reality

The involvement of Virtual Reality (VR) in architecture brings more depth and clarity to the structural design, design review and presentation processes.

Building an objectively poor architectural structure is actually difficult in the present day. Technological advancements in architecture have made it easier for builders and architects to achieve most technical aspects in their construction projects. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find many buildings, subways, or bridges in your city that even contain basic dimensional or symmetry issues. Technologies such as virtual reality, building information modeling (BIM) and 3D printing are among the main drivers for the development of architecture and construction. Virtual reality, much like it does for healthcare and robotics, is transforming architecture with its near-realistic simulations. The continued emergence of virtual reality in construction facilitates certain tasks for architects, designers and engineers involved in large-scale projects. Some of these tasks are listed below:

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Architectural Design Optimization

Although standard versions of tools such as AutoCAD and Solidworks allow designers to view 3D images of what they are trying to create, the involvement of virtual reality in construction projects makes the architectural design process even more more immersive for them. Virtual reality allows architects and designers to virtually create highly detailed 3D designs of buildings and the products around them. They will have to wear VR headsets to visualize the virtual world in which they “build” the structure and wearable controllers to give virtual form to their ideas. Unlike traditional 3D design tools, virtual reality allows architects to move in and around their created structure, as well as modify and add or remove materials from different parts of the virtual structure. Simply put, an architect can create life-size virtual buildings even from the comfort of their living room. Additionally, designing a structure in a VR simulation frees designers from space and scale constraints. Therefore, unlike other design applications, virtual reality tools allow architects to achieve the right ergonomics in their virtual creation.

Improve design review and client presentation

As noted above, VR tools create a realistic simulation where a designer wearing a headset can walk through and demonstrate their design to their superior or client. Customers will also wear their own VR headsets, which will allow them to view the virtual structure. They can give their opinion on the various design ideas, the materials used and other aspects related to the space and the quality of the virtual construction. Important factors such as cost minimization and space maximization can be discussed during a virtual tour in the simulation. This shared VR experience also allows your clients to visualize the ideas and concepts used by your architect – or designer – during a virtual demonstration session. Only VR makes it possible to carry out architectural reviews and presentations in this way. Apart from these two applications, there are several other ways in which the inclusion of virtual reality in construction enhances your architectural projects. Integrating virtual reality to optimize massive construction projects promises to have a long-term financial impact for your business.