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Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is changing the way the construction industry operates, designs and constructs buildings by providing real-world perspectives and experiences in a virtual environment.

XS CAD provides support to architects, homebuilders, engineers and retailers by creating models that work effectively within virtual reality environments. To provide real-world experiences for designs based on standards established by clients, XS CAD uses 3ds Max in combination with a gaming engine to create 3D models within a VR environment. Our VR solutions allow clients to view 3D models through VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) and conduct walkthroughs of 3D environments, facilitating 360 holistic perspectives of MEP and architectural models during the design approval process.

By using virtual reality in construction, our customers can view and showcase their designs, elevations and layouts in a real-world environment not only for internal reviews and design iterations but also with the end client for approval. Some examples that illustrate how VR is specifically helpful for retailers, homebuilders, architects and engineers include :

VR for Retailers

  • Virtual reality helps retailers to evaluate design options and showcase proposals or iron out design, construction and serviceability issues in the initial stages of design before construction.
  • Unlike when designing in 2D, using VR with the 3D models that we create allows visibility of the impact of decisions on the design, fixtures and fittings of the retail outlet.

VR for Homebuilders

  • Virtual reality provides homebuilders with the ability to interact and alter designs directly from within the virtual space. By using virtual reality architecture, it can function as an effective means of exploring the relationships between spaces such as the impact of light on a room at different times of the day or year or the views from upper floors.
  • Unlike a physical scale model or BIM model on screen, where one has to imagine what it would be like to exist inside the space, with VR, one can actually experience proportion and scale. While static renders limit the viewer to a few selected perspectives, making it difficult to visualise a space entirely, virtual reality simulations with our 3d models go beyond animations and fly-throughs.

VR for Engineers

  • Virtual reality helps engineers to understand the spatial coordination of various services and enables them to sense spaces and detect collisions and clashes efficiently.
  • In areas such as plant rooms and congested ductwork service area, VR helps MEP coordinators, MEP designers and contractors to understand depth, distance and size of different services during the design phase.

VR for Architects

  • With virtual reality, architects can experience real-time changes in a virtual world, allowing for a better sense of the architectural form and function as well as specific aesthetic features such as wall colour, lighting and furniture. By using virtual reality architecture a distinctive, visual pre-construction environment is experienced, providing an understanding of the planned site.
  • VR can also help architects understand how individuals navigate their way around a building, which provides a perspective on the design of the space and the improvements required.
  • VR can also helps to visualise a model before construction, enhancing effectiveness of sales and marketing initiatives which require a perspective of the final building design.

Virtual reality in construction is increasingly being adopted to plan and manage construction design projects in a virtual environment. By utilising emerging, immersive technology, our model can be used for virtual reality simulations to help homebuilders, retailers, architects and engineers to view, design and showcase their designs, elevations and layouts in a real-world environment. Our VR simulations, when used in the design and building process, can help achieve faster design and project approvals, better client interactions and increase in client satisfaction.

Please contact us for more information about our 3d BIM models and how they can work with VR tools and technology .

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