BIM and VR- A support system for the infrastructure industry.
BIM is rapidly being integrated with VR. Find out all about it here:
The infrastructure industry has been radically booming and is set to peak in the coming time.
With technology rapidly expanding and changing at the blink of an eye, it is only normal for an industry so heavily technology dependent to undergo dynamic change.
The existing 2D technology was great to design and implement construction, but this technology required rework and reconstruction with changing aspects in a model, causing overlapping of resource usage, and time and labour.
With virtual reality being integrated into the field of infrastructure, the real world can be created and replicated in a non-real or virtual environment.
The integration of VR and BIM has resulted in 3D models with a virtual environment. This not only helps in first hand experiencing a building long before it materializes, but it also helps make corrections well in advance to avoid damages and heavy costs.
Virtual reality creates the real world in a digital space creating 360° media including photos and videos.
With a dynamic space in technology, there come a variety of VR gadgets available in the market for a variety of uses. The most commonly used ones are headsets and real-time motion capture. Headsets provide a 3D experience and 3D walkthrough of the potential project. This technology also helps get estimates of time and costs of material and labour required for the building of the project.
The real-time motion capture system enables users to walk through the virtually created multimedia by eliminating the need for a mouse and keyboard.
Architects have widely accepted this technology and use it to present potential project images to their clients. This helps the buyers get a look and feel of the infrastructure long before it is set in stone, helping understand what permanent capital projects look like.
This technology has gained widespread use amongst the building and construction industry where everyone from contractors and builders to workmen uses it in their routine jobs for effective and efficient implementation of plans laid out.
Virtual reality integrated with BIM has led to increased productivity and reduced wastage considerably. It is much more fruitful to walk through every nook and corner of an in-progress project before it is manifested rather than trying to zoom in and out of 2D computer models.
The architecture, engineering, infrastructure, and construction industries have heavily benefitted from the use of VR. This technology has helped bridge the gap between the project plans and the outcome of the said plans. It has helped improve client communication by making plans much more coherent and understandable for the layman and making architectural knowledge accessible to everyone involved.
In the coming years, it looks like VR would become the way of life for the building and architecture industry. This will give rise to sophisticated architecture, time-saving, and will create a win-win situation for both these powerful industries