In my last blog post on the subject, I talked about how the Virtual Reality industry is poised to shake up the construction industry. For this post, I’ll go into further detail as to Virtual Reality benefits for all involved.
The experience is impressive and immersive. It enables customers to truly feel like they are in the not-yet-built space, experiencing the scale of the space as well as its proportions.
Some companies make possible to change colour schemes and finishes and add different types of furniture during the visits.
Using drones, it is possible to capture highly realistic “window views” for any floor at the actual location of the construction. Once these views are integrated into the VR experience, the potential buyer gets a very realistic idea of the view their unit would have.
This kind of validation goes a long way in making a customer comfortable in his purchase.
VR helps architects optimize details such as divisions and evacuation routes before construction begins. They can also use VR for design studies to find out how a new building could impact the environment.
Virtual Reality can also pick up were BIM leaves off. Lighting analysis can be taken a step further by the simulation of lighting and cooling loads and the study of the effects of natural and artificial light distribution. This in turn can help create a more pleasant environment for the end user. Furthermore, It can help reduce the buildings heating and cooling costs.
In the hands of builders, Virtual Reality can become a formidable sales tool. It takes what-you-see-is-what-you-get to a new level, and can be particularly effective for remodellers. It helps avoid the back and forth in design changes. Especially changes during construction which are the most expensive and time-consuming. The customer’s detailed view of the finished product before or during the project “builds” approval into process.
Using VR could even do away with the expense of building model houses or show rooms. This could represent significant savings.
Other uses include planning out safer work environments before starting the job and training crews on how to navigate the space efficiently.
Virtual reality benefits to come
VR as a tool for the construction professional will certainly become more accessible over the next year or two. Design software companies will want to integrate this lucrative functionality to their software. New companies will show up. More importantly, they will all be competing to make it ever more affordable and as easy to use as possible.
And speaking of competition, why not make sure you get on this bandwagon before your competitors do?