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Construction Industry Gets Smart

17 Jan , 2017  

Recent years have seen the construction industry starting to get smart by starting to go digital.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been around for a while and allows a building to be assessed as a 3D digital model. It encourages creative exchanges between all parties working on a project and provides a place where all the information about the build can be found, updated and shared — from design and planning to services and construction.

But the construction industry’s digital uprising has not stopped there: many leading architectural and construction firms are realising the benefits of utilising cutting-edge gaming technology, such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), in the construction process.

By creating a virtual environment, both the aesthetics and practicalities of a new build can be fully explored. And not just as a 3D model, but as a space you can enter and explore.

Obviously, there are many benefits to being able to do this. But perhaps the most important is the ability to see if the potential space actually works and is fit for purpose, before the build begins.

A virtual environment makes it easier for builders and architects to negotiate structural and aesthetic changes with their clients, too. And to test all aspects of the build process, ensuring all areas are easily accessible and suitable to work in.

And as VR Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and VR headsets become more commonplace and more affordable, more and more firms will begin to benefit from this technology.


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