Virtual Reality (VR) isn’t just for games anymore. The immersive technology is changing how industries operate, and one industry already seeing VR's impact is construction and design. VR is being implemented to help clients visualize their purchase in a more complete way, to alleviate the struggle of last minute decisions, and to help train new hires and unqualified workers. Virtual reality continues to innovate these areas producing unparalleled and efficient results!
1. Pre-Construction Visualization
The average individual isn’t able to adeptly read an architecture rendering or design. While professionals may be able to explain the designs, the layout of the space and intricate fixtures are hard to visualize without walking through the home or office. To bridge the gap between what a client imagines and the actual product, construction and design firms are implementing virtual reality into their pre-construction visualization process.
Virtual reality architecture applications allow for the viewer to walk through a home, view all of the details, and, in the VR application, change them instantly to get the exact house or building they want! Virtual reality construction and architecture applications allow for clients to visualize their new construction in a more complete manner resulting in an increasing drop in the amount of unsatisfied customers.
Uncertainty can lead to a lot of problems with new construction. For an example, let’s use the decision to include an extra wall or not in the dining area. While not including an extra wall may be cost effective and sound like the best decision early in the construction process, the deadline to choose is fast approaching and you can’t decide. How are you able to view your options one more time?
Virtual reality visualization technology is alleviating the need to visit an office or sit down with a professional during business hours to view your options. VR visualization applications allow for an individual to virtually walk through their new construction without having any assistance. Some applications allow for multiple users to view the same design and layout regardless of where they are physically located. While viewing the virtual house, a user can choose to markup an area, add notes, or even remove and add objects instantly.
Reading through handbooks and watching videos can only teach a new hire so much about a manual job; there has to be some amount of on the job training. Instead of having new hires simply watch numerous safety videos, some construction and architecture companies are training their new hires through Virtual Reality training simulations.
VR training simulations are able to provide hands on training without placing a new or unqualified worker into a potentially dangerous situation. The simulations are complete with automatic feedback on mistakes, real-time results, digital guides such as a PRSONAS digital host, and can be coupled with physical instruments to be as similar to an average day on the job as possible.
Don’t expect VR to stop with the three areas we just highlighted as virtual reality continues to deliver exceptional results for the construction industry! With the ability to streamline processes for both clients and employees, VR will continue to be adopted by more and more construction and design companies. In the future, expect to see virtual reality used in more ways and processes!