Visualisation techniques have been an essential part of the architecture industry for decades. As technology advances, architects are constantly exploring new and innovative ways to incorporate it into their workflows to improve their design techniques and provide cutting-edge customer experiences. Recently, we’ve witnessed a surge in the adoption of augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) technologies in this industry. And with good reason! Below we explore why architects are embracing AR and VR and how to easily incorporate this technology into your workflows.
- Improved visualisation: Whilst 3D CAD models are an incredible way of visualising a design, AR/VR allows architects to translate these models into life-size versions. This gives a much greater understanding of how different elements fit together and how they will look in the real world. This can help both architects make better decisions about design, materials, and layout as well as their clients being able to imagine themselves in the space.
- Enhanced communication: AR/VR experiences allow architects to communicate their designs to clients more effectively. Previously to view a 3D model of the design it required both specific software and a high-powered computer, as well as an in-person meeting in the architect’s office. Furthermore, there was no simple way for the client to take home the design to continue to review in their own time.
The EnvisionVR platform solves this problem by allowing both architects and their clients to access the AR/VR experience on their own devices. By creating an immersive, accessible experience, clients are easily able to provide feedback and make decisions.
- Reduced errors and rework: Visualising designs in a virtual environment provides architects with the opportunity to identify potential errors or issues before construction begins. By doing so, they can significantly reduce the need for costly rework or revisions during the construction phase. This not only saves time and money but also leads to better designs. With the ability to spot and address potential issues early on, architects can ensure that their designs are more accurate, efficient, and effective, ultimately resulting in a smoother construction process and a better end product.
- Increased collaboration: AR/VR allow architects to collaborate more effectively with other stakeholders, such as engineers, contractors, and project managers. Our platform was built with collaboration in mind, architects can host virtual design reviews inside the virtual space. Visualising in a shared environment enables everyone involved in the project to gain a greater understanding of the design and how it will be executed.
How to introduce AR/VR into your workflows
If you’re an architect or building designer interested in incorporating AR/VR into your workflows, look no further. We have a quick and easy solution that seamlessly integrates with your current processes. With EnvisionVR Wireframes, you can easily convert your FBX files into immersive, 1:1 scale Virtual Experiences that can be explored on a mobile phone, tablet, or VR headset. Simply send us your files, and you will have your Virtual Experience in as little as 48hrs. Our solution is designed to help you save time and streamline your design process while providing your clients with an engaging and interactive experience they can take home on their own devices.
AR/VR are transforming the way architects design and execute their projects. By improving visualisation and enhancing communication, architects have greater control over their designs while simultaneously creating an immersive experience for clients.
Want to try it for yourself? Get started with your first Virtual Experience.