Imagine being able to walk through the decorated, fully furnished rooms of a new building before a single stone has been turned on the building site. Or imagine being able to identify practical problems that are usually noticed only after the building has been finished during the design process. When the owner or future user of a building puts on a VR headset, they can step into the finished building to test the functionality and ambience of the rooms. The opportunities and limitations of buildings can be experienced in a completely new way, and buildings can be optimised according to the users’ needs during the design process.
Virtual reality shuts out the physical world completely. When the user puts on the VR headset, they are immediately immersed in a computer-generated world that can be observed and explored freely. At AINS Group we utilise virtual reality in design management, among other things. Visualisation services that are based on VR technology can also be utilised as part of management of change processes and in the development and marketing of new concepts and solutions. Our experienced service designers know how to make the most of this new technology.
“Virtual models give the owners and future users of the building an opportunity to explore how different design solutions would affect usability. The end result is a better building that meets the needs of its users.”
Harnessing VR technology as part of the design management process can also help to cut costs. Inefficient use of space and suboptimal or unworkable solutions can be identified during the design process, and resources can be allocated to where they are needed most.
Here are some examples of areas where VR modelling can make a difference:
The different viewing angles provided by VR visualisation can provide valuable information on visibility in classrooms and other similar spaces. Can the teacher see all the students? Do all the students have an unobstructed view of monitors, projector screens and other teaching equipment? Do columns or other structures block the visibility from certain parts of the room?
VR modelling helps to visualise the dimensions of rooms and the amount of space needed for furniture and equipment. This is especially useful when hospitals, laboratories and other similar premises are designed. Is there enough space around the furniture? Is moving from one workstation to another quick and easy How much space does each workstation need to ensure easy and safe working conditions?
The effects of materials or the placement of walls on the ambience and general feel of rooms are difficult to assess based on floor plan drawings or structural plans. VR visualisation gives users an opportunity to experience what the finished room would look and feel like. Do glass walls make the room feel lighter and larger? Or are additional walls needed for peace and privacy?
AINS Group offers innovative visualisation services that are based on VR modelling. These services have been developed by our software developers and construction engineers, and they have proved popular among our clients. Owners and users of buildings know their needs better than anyone else, and their views and feedback are crucial when functional and comfortable buildings are designed.
The visualisation services offered by AINS Group include the design of visualisation services, the preparation of materials including VR and 3D models and 360° videos and the organisation of workshops and demo events.
Interested? If you would like to learn more about virtual reality and the opportunities it can offer, get in touch and drop in to take a look at our VR demos.