The key to overcoming challenges of communicating design intent, collaboration and revolutionizing the future of the AEC industry
Technology has created significant efficiencies and opportunities to stretch the boundaries of productivity and possibility across every industry. The limitations faced by businesses until recently form today’s foundation of radical disruption. Industries are fast adopting and inculcating these new technologies into their regular business operations, enhancing customer experience, increasing productivity and challenging the status quo of their respective industries. The AEC industry is no different.
One of the technologies revolutionizing the AEC space today is virtual reality (VR). VR in architecture has been able to overcome one of the biggest challenges of architects – communicating design intent and collaborating effectively with multiple stakeholders. A common question usually asked by architects is: how do we make sure that all participants collaborating on a design project understand the common goals of the project?
Architects have been communicating their designs to their clients using 2D floor plans, 3D rendering softwares, and physical architecture models. However, these methods are limited in their ability to communicate the scale, volume, proportion, and lighting of the space being designed. This leads to limitations in the client’s understanding of the design intent and vision, leading to multiple iterations in the way the project is being envisioned, planned, and delivered. The result: cost overruns and untimely delivery.
Immersive visualization through virtual reality architecture solutions not only helps architects to communicate their design intent better to clients but also creates a virtual meeting platform for AEC stakeholders such as MEP consultants and contractors, by getting them into the design and experiencing the ‘physical’ sense of volume. In the process, architects can finalize the design much faster, and the project progresses with reduced iterations, saving costs and time.
Virtual reality in architecture has solved this problem by providing an immersive environment for architects to design for the real world, and ensure that all stakeholders on the design project work on a single version of the truth. Immersive technologies such as VR-led 3D modeling software ensure that all stakeholders refer to updated virtual models at all points in time rather than working on their individual plans and designs while collaborating on the project. This provides an excellent solution to the complications arising out of ineffective collaboration between multiple stakeholders.
Many architectural firms, in a bid to stay relevant and ahead of the curve, have already started incorporating VR software into their work streams, thereby bolstering collaborative work. Virtual Reality in architecture is well past its nascent stage and is definitely here to stay. As an architect, it is time to upgrade your design process and embrace new technologies such as virtual reality. Check out Trezi to find out how you can use our platform for real-time VR rendering, provide virtual tours and transform design collaboration, communication, and experience. Feel free to ping us at email@example.com in case of any queries.
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