In the modern digital society, people are used to working with things that can be visually and easily perceived, so virtual reality is already becoming a part of our lives. But what is virtual reality in construction? Here is more about it.
The concept of virtual reality?
Information and digital technologies are an integral part of the modern life of every person. Every year there are more and more of them. They protect the environment, increase labor efficiency, protect human safety, and save material and time resources. Virtual reality (VR) is one such innovative technology. VR is a world created with the help of technical means, which is transmitted to a person through sensations. A person perceives another reality with the help of sight, hearing, and touch.
Despite technological progress, construction companies often rely on spreadsheets, manual data entry, and paperwork. Low IT budgets and lack of time for training led to hesitation when implementing new methods and technologies. Although, these cutting-edge technologies are fundamentally changing how the industry works and how they will be implemented.
Virtual reality in construction and the latest technologies
In the modern world, wearable technology in the construction industry is actively developing. Virtual reality is often used with BIM (Buildings information modeling) to analyze complex projects. These technologies help visualize a construction project’s environment and predict the expected changes that may be affected by side factors. The scientist is sure that with the help of virtual technologies, it is possible to prevent overspending of funds, to eliminate delays. He also notes that VR allows design teams to focus on assembly, increasing the efficiency of the construction process and speeding it up without being distracted by short-term and inefficient layouts. Also, contractors can make precise adjustments to the data and create detailed reports on all changes.
In digital design, all objects are digitized, and virtual models are created from them. With their help, virtual tours are designed, and the schedule of work and the timing of the supply of necessary materials and resources are predicted. Then, using VR helmets, engineers examine the future construction site, analyze it from all sides, correct shortcomings, and plan further actions. A complete understanding of the project before it begins makes it possible to avoid significant changes and expensive orders in the middle.
What are the VR benefits in construction?
The benefits of virtual and augmented reality engineering and construction are not limited to design and architecture. In construction, it can be effectively used for safety. Training workers to work with the necessary equipment through simulation is very effective. VR technologies have many other advantages:
- Economic efficiency, the ability to save the budget and prevent overspending;
- Maximum design quality through a full visualization of the future building;
- Ability to work with interactive virtual models and the ability to predict the future operation of the facility even before the start of its construction;
- Ability to create virtual layouts of buildings, cities, districts, and detailed designs;
- Intuitive interface that makes it easy to work with even an untrained user;
- Ability to add audiovisual details.
Thus, the use of virtual reality and wearables in a building is a new practical, promising direction that allows the development of the construction industry and improves the quality of work and the appearance of cities, districts, and buildings. Furthermore, new information technologies make it possible to save money, consider all the wishes of the customer as accurately as possible, and prevent undesirable events during construction.