3 benefits of utilising virtual reality within the construction industry
Virtual reality works by making your brain believe that you are in a 3D environment that is different to the environment you are actually in. It uses two slightly different angles to create this 3D effect and therefore gives an accurate view and depth perception of all the different elements you are seeing, just as they would be if in front of you in reality. Although this has predominantly been used in the gaming and entertainment industry so far, other sectors such as the construction industry have now begun to explore the benefits that it may be able to bring to them too. Here are 3 of the main benefits of utilising virtual reality technology within the construction sector:
Demonstrating viability… or not
From the inception of a project, it is important to determine whether the project is actually viable. Using VR at the design stage allows architects and designers to visibly picture the viability of the project, taking into account the environmental factors too. This is much more accurate that using a combination of human judgement and scale models, which is currently the only longstanding method of testing viability. Virtual reality leaves no room for error, and can fully simulate the finished project as it would be.
You can fine tune the design
As well as the practical benefits, and whether the project is possible, virtual reality also provides those working on the project (as well as the customer that has commissioned it) to walk around and virtually explore the finished project, or the project at different stages, and decide whether they want to make any design changes before it is built. VR provides greater transparency and allows customers to feed back without wasting time, resources and money for things that may later be changed.
Safety and construction practicalities
Alongside the benefit of seeing the design in place, virtual reality also allows construction project managers to pick up on any potential hurdles along the way, and prevent any safety issues occurring. For example, spaces may be too small for construction workers to carry out the part of the project needed within that space, or large elements may be tricky to manoeuvre through areas of the new building – all of which can be resolved by making changes to the design, or working out a different method of doing things.
VR and construction planning
The benefits that virtual reality brings to the construction industry all offer greater insight into planning and design to avoid additional costs or problems throughout the project timeline. This also leads to more satisfied customers, as there are fewer delays, and the customer can play a part in making any changes that are needed by seeing it for themselves. Although VR is still a new technology, it is likely to become a fundamental part of construction in the future, either in its current form or as a more evolved technology.
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