Construction and virtual reality are regular links that help not only in the design and operation of buildings, but also in reconstructions

Virtual reality repeatedly proves how broad it is. This is absolutely obvious in the field of construction, where it is also easy to imagine. Traditional procedures using visualization and 3D modeling enrich this way of accurately displaying and explaining not only investors. Its possibilities will be appreciated by representatives of all professions who will follow the construction. It is also important to be able to extract data from the creation of VR simulations as a basis for the so-called two digital buildings, with which it is possible to work within the framework of the concept of Industry 4.0.

Help in the birth of an architectural design

In addition to artistic invention and consistency of design, the architect must work with many other specifics of buildings. He understands the need to solve the lighting of individual rooms with the highest possible representation of natural light, the functional continuity of individual rooms, as well as technical feasibility and construction details. In addition, when constructing complex industrial buildings and large commercial complexes, it is more appropriate to create a design of all engineering and data centers, which can be used to simulate functional buildings. The detailed elaboration of the model also allows a quality assessment and an optimization of the energy efficiency. It is now the use of so-called BIM (Building Information Model) data and virtual reality that can be an invaluable extension.

It is a nron process that starts from the study of the client’s needs, through the basic design, the floor plans, the client’s design, and up to the visualization and defense of the design in front of the client. ‘investor. In this case, the conduct significantly complicates any cooperation with other colleagues or several people in the role of customer. Each step in such a case requires cooperation and approval, which is especially difficult in times of limited succession, and even under normal circumstances increases time and cost. Virtual reality and real-time online collaboration mean their dramatic dispute. Cooperation in the environment of virtual reality, where it is possible to meet in real time with a foldable three-dimensional model and work with it, is of course significantly more efficient than the cyclical exchange of e-mails .


Giant. 2: Cooperation regardless of distance using virtual reality and the Revit model.

In addition, virtual reality helps architects even in the early design days, when individual details. They have the opportunity to visit their own model in real time and simulate the most diverse situations. They immediately get an idea of ​​how much light is impacting the room during the day, or how soft the space really is. Using a host of virtual object libraries, they can also easily and quickly test how the space works with furniture and technology.

This also applies to the design of industrial buildings, where the logistics of materials and the movement of personnel must be added. The ability to work with space in real time is one way to go. With virtual reality, it is possible to test the first excavation of the ground, or even certain construction details, the day before. At the moment of the approval of the investment by the client, the architect is then perfectly prepared and at the same time has a tool in hand, which mediates the client’s access to the house and the factory as if the project had been implemented. It is then easier to explain and defend. In short, thanks to software like Iris VR or HTC Vive Sync, this happens directly in virtual reality.

Construction with minimal waste and much needed details

Virtual reality also represents advantages for a construction detail. The designer, with its help, can quickly study all the tackle elements of the design in the 360-degree three-dimensional views, and thus easily detect any errors. A significant advance is also the possibility of using 3D data for the design of the most suitable procedures and optimization when ordering materials. If the model of the constructed building also contains the interior, it is possible to consume exactly how much cable is consumed where, how many pipes and how the passages through individual walls will be. During the build itself, mobile headsets, such as the HTC Vive Focus 3, will be sent out first, and with their help, individual workers can be shown in full 5K resolution on site. With the hand control, which the manufacturer in the latest update has enabled the integration of hand tracking technology, you can easily zoom and rotate as needed.

Employee training for your safety and efficiency

Security training and education is an area where virtual reality is increasingly being used today. Compared to the usual knee format, or training in the real environment, these are undeniable advantages. It can realistically simulate even dangerous situations that are not possible in the real world, and it also streamlines the overall operation. This will take me to a large extent without the presence of a colleague. Studies show that the retention of newly acquired knowledge and the ability to recall it are considerably higher in virtual reality teaching than in the case of traditional teaching methods, including real training. In addition to being able to cover many unforeseen situations, it also offers a limited possibility of complying with the consequences of unforeseen prescribed procedures. Another advantage is the fact that creating a software experience is significantly faster and cheaper than preparing real scenes and purchasing training aids.

For example, in the Elevate XR environment, it is possible to prepare a hangar that simulates risky work, even if the knee worker is in danger. This bag, if he does not respect any of the security procedures, will at least have a virtual impact on his breeding. If, for example, he forgets to equip himself with a protective saw, the whole training will end when his construction of the first floor falls on his head. If he omits the morning, I can read the scene. It is certain that the employee will retain the lesson of the PowerPoint presentation. In addition, the training can be repeated and modified continuously to train in more and more situations that may arise during construction.

A big advantage is the possibility of an additional evaluation of the training. The manager will train several employees at a time and will evaluate the progress of the training and after its completion. Additionally, modern headsets with motion-tracking technology such as the HTC Vive Pro Eye allow deep vision. The software, with their help, enriches the meaning of the spine with an attention distribution map. so the colleague will take care of me not only as the prickly employee thought, but also if he checked his safety at a glance.


Giant. 3: With a sufficiently detailed digital double building and a high-end headset, it is easy to memorize the management of building elements and prepare for reconstruction from a comfortable desk.

He also masters the building for constructions and innovations

The production of the digital double appears as an additional cost that a lay investor considers as a necessary investment. However, as we have exposed, it is rich in material disputes and time disputes during construction and educated employees. Dal disputes can then be drunk at a time when there is a need to expand or modernize the operation. Others then have at their disposal an extremely complex model of the current situation with which they can work. Terrible questions about how the data leads, how is the composition of the suit. The possibility of installing a new technology and transporting it to the production area is then relevant. This can be simulated in advance and prepared in detail, including visual inspections by the customer.

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The author of the article is a culturologist, public relations manager and virtual reality enthusiast (email@fricjan.cz).

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