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- In ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNS, ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION, HOUSE EXTENSIONS, INTERIOR DESIGNING
Virtual reality is being used in the construction industry to improve design, safety, and training and to avoid costly overruns.
- Virtual reality is being utilized in a wide range of industries, including the construction industry. It can be used as an effective tool for safety and training and avoiding costly overruns.
- The use of virtual reality in the construction industry gives management as well as employees a clear, more realistic view of what to expect on the job site.
- Virtual reality can help ensure the safety of employees, provide a rapid view of what can be changed to improve productivity, and allow management a clear view of designs and construction sites before building begins.
Implementing virtual reality in construction has opened several avenues for improving the design, pitching projects, and enhancing training and safety. These aren’t just ideas for the distant future – companies are implementing these ideas today, with too much success.
Design and pitching
No matter how accurate schematics or concept renderings are, there’s no better way of perceiving how a project will turn out than an accurate, detailed render viewed with virtual reality technology. Architects and designers are investing in VR technology that assists them in getting the fine details just right by putting them in the room they’re designing.
Woodhouse Workspace is an office design firm that uses VR technology to show clients potential office layouts and different ways to utilize their building’s space. Keep in mind that implementing VR technology doesn’t have to be expensive. While high-quality VR headsets can be hundreds of dollars, common mobile phones can be retrofitted to act as VR headsets, and a headset isn’t always necessary to tour virtual spaces. A desktop interface, such as how Google Street View works, can be used to move around the virtual space.
Safety and training
Training and safety programs are being developed to make such training more accessible and safer for employees. CertifyMe.net, a forklift training, and certification company have a VR training program that allows trainees to practice working the machinery in an easy and safe environment. It reduces the risk of injury and damage to equipment while allowing for trial and error
Virtual reality improves the customer experience by providing a way for the potential property owner to view and/or market space before the construction is complete. It allows future property owners to experience what the property will actually look and feel like, to actually be in the space, see the views and understand the layout.
Reduced labor costs
Along with the savings that virtual reality provides for safety on a construction site, it can also reduce labor costs. This type of technology can be used in combination with intelligent construction machinery, which allows work to be conducted from inside the office as opposed to several workers physically being in the field. For example, virtual reality allows site managers to preview the calculations of work areas, such as how much earth needs to be removed in specific areas, instead of placing equipment and operators on the site and simply instructing them to dig an area.
Fewer delays in timeline
Construction projects are notorious for being in a constant state of flux, which makes it extremely difficult to predetermine and maintain timelines; even small changes on a job site can delay completion by days or weeks. Virtual reality provides 3D models, which allow management to see the conditions as changes occur and instantly adapt to them.
Reduction in rework
Virtual reality simulation of projects allows for an up-to-date view of Jobsite conditions. This process helps to prevent reworking due to miscalculations. For example, when the ground is being broken for the foundation, one of the most common mistakes is pouring the concrete slab in the wrong place, which ultimately requires subsequent work to replace or rework the misaligned foundation.
It’s easy to see how VR technology will improve the construction industry. While the technology is in development, the industry is still putting it to use. As VR finds its way to more construction sites, design firms, and training companies, it will likely change the construction process forever.
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