This virtual reality experience allows users to visit Jersey Village's newly rebuilt City Hall in real-life measurements.
Collaborate Architecture Firm and LaPraim Consulting Agency are working together to create a Virtual Reality (VR) experience for the rebuilding of Jersey Village's City Hall. The proposed VR project will be presented to the mayor. Using the 3D Engine, Unity, and Facebook's Oculus Quest, LaPraim developed this VR experience to showcase Collaborative Architecture's Design of the new proposed city hall building. Every inch of the city hall in Jersey Village, Texas, will be rebuilt from the ground up. LaPraim took Collaborate's Computer-aided design (CAD) files to create an immersive VR experience. The VR experience places the user between the reflection pool and the new, proposed city hall structure in front of city hall. The VR experience shows everything in real-life measurements/actual dimensions that are true to scale. Simply put on a headset to see CAD renderings and blueprints in "reality." Creating this experience is helping an architecture company sign off on blueprints and move on to the building stage
Visual learners are often called spatial learners, are people who learn and rememberbest through visual communication, according to the Visual Teaching Alliance. About 65% of people are visual learners. It only takes about one-fourth of a second for the human brain to process and attach meaning to a symbol. By comparison, it takes usan average of six seconds to read 20-25 words. Flat images of architecture don’t accurately and efficiently communicate all aspects of a design. It is hard for most people to imagine the building plans and blueprints in 3D. Rendering a building’s design and blueprints into a VR model helps the client better understand the design phase and make faster decisions. These renderings also assist the construction team on the site during the execution phase. VR is a great design tool for the architectural industry because it allows you to discover and fix issues before the project is built. It also saves on the cost of building by providing a virtual depiction of the floor plans and exteriors without having to construct models.
The overall cost of a project is a significant challenge for architectural firms. Having an accurate job cost estimate means the difference between a project that loses money and a project that earns money. Having to generate an accurate estimate using spreadsheets and shop drawings can be complicated and labor intensive.Virtual design and construction can be implemented by companies to demonstrate the organizational and collaborative skills that are essential to finishing the project. With VR, designers and architects can work together to create a visual model of the project for presentation to the client. Virtual design and construction can also be implemented to plan and communicate safety measures to workers on the job site, both during the project phase and during the facility operation phase. These 3D designs permit firms to more accurately evaluate the material quantities and costs associated with completing a project and helps avoid costly reworks. The 3D building could provide project owners with a real-time view of all the moving parts of their project that can be used to facilitate and streamline maintenance tasks. An all-inclusive 3D building model is a vital value-add and competitive advantage for construction firms that wish to take advantage of this technology.
Today’s architects and designers using VR technologies admit there is no comparison between the cost and quality advantages of current VR as opposed to pre-2000’s visualization software. Traditional 2D renderings created by hand can take days, or even weeks, to fine tune design details. This technique is tedious and effects the project’s length and value. However, architecture and design firms can use VR to create high-quality 3D renderings in a matter of hours. The preparation of a building plan in 3D ensures that all investors can clearly understand and interpret what the new project looks like, regardless of their capability to read blueprints or technical drawings. As a result, more clients have the chance to identify and assess potential hazards that could materialize during the construction or operation phase. Once the project starts, the benefits of VR and construction become even more evident on the job site. The comprehensive planning tactic helps the project stay onschedule, and the project crew can use the 3D model to spot and fix safety concerns. In conclusion, VR lets designers push the limitations of visualization, giving the team and project clients new ways to experience and comprehend a building’s size, design and scale before it is entirely built.