Right now, 3D prototypes in Building Information Models (BIM) are not actually 3D because these buildings are trapped on a screen.
Yes. It’s true. Screens are merely 2D.
“We make 3D models for our customers, like a real estate developer building a skyscraper,” Finnerty said. “Even though we have a 3D prototype where you can see inside and all around the building, we are still looking at these models on a screen. It’s technically two-dimensional.”
But Finnerty said—with Autodesk virtual reality software and hardware coming to market like DAQRI’s Smart Helmet and Microsfot’s HoloLens—virtual reality will change 3D models. Many developers and solution integrators will offer virtual reality as part of their BIM model.
“Developers will literally be able to walk their customers or investors around and inside the building,” Finnerty said. “It’s just a matter of time.”
Virtual and augmented reality are at a tipping point for many industries, especially the architecture, engineering and construction sector.
Check out our DAQRI Smart Helmet review from Autodesk University 2016.
It’s already popped up in video consoles like the PlayStation 4. There are even cheap headsets for smartphones. So many new technologies are intersecting, causing a “ripe” time for this new technology.
“This isn’t a conversation about incremental development. It’s a collision, a convergence of a number of different things,” Stacy Scopano, Autodesk senior construction industry strategy manager, told Construction Dive recently.
Autodesk offers a full spectrum of visualization tools for AEC professionals. Autodesk LIVE is the latest offering in the company’s LIVE Design family of visualization tools, which helps Revit users design fully-interactive 3D models.
In summer 2015, Autodesk unleashed the power of Stingray, Autodesk’s 3D game engine, and 3ds Max, to bring Revit building information models into the virtual reality world. This year, they moved Stingray to the cloud to make integration easier.
Although Stingray is a game engine, it can also be used to create “stunning virtual reality experiences.”
High-end Headsets are already available by Microsoft and Daqri.
“These headsets are going to change how developers sell real estate,” Finnerty said. “Instead of using renderings, developers can just send a headset to potential buyers, pre-loaded with 3D models of developments or units for sale.”
“It’s going to completely change how we sell and build,” he said.
Wide Price Range of Headsets Available
Operating software is a mobile phone and it has to be Samsung.
The performance and visual experience all depends on which Samsung cell phone you are using.
- Uses a 2160 x 1200 resolution, working at 233 million pixels per second, with a 90Hz refresh rate (matches HTC Vive for refresh rate).
- Don’t need a lot of floor space to use the product.
- Easy setup-not a lot of cables
- Comfortable and light weight
- Has earphones-don’t have to use but option for “passive noise isolation”
- Lots of space (floor space) is required to VR with HTC Vive
- Plugs into PCs
- 70 sensors to offer 360 Degree head-tracking as well as 90HZ refresh rate (stat is key to keeping down “motion sickness”)
- Swappable foam inserts-for many people using
- Adjustable straps-comfortable
- Superb resolution but configured more for gaming
Blends virtual and augmented reality to make one of the most ambitious launches ever planed. The device merges real-world elements with virtual ‘holographic’ images, meaning you can look at your Minecraft world on your kitchen table, or walk around the surface of Mars in your living room.
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