WHAT CANARCHITECTS DO WITH AN IMMERSIVE MODEL?
IOS, Android, Oculus
Revit, 3DS Max, Sketchup, Rhino
Many architectural design teams value a first-person perspective to guide form-based decisions. Such teams will frequently set up several camera angles within a working model to investigate the effects of model edits on the user experience. Designing with an immersive model experience effectively gives these teams "all the camera angles" by allowing members to wander a model. Sight-line considerations are not just critical to theater stadium design, but increasingly inform lobbies, living rooms, and learning centers.
A common complaint during project delivery is "One of the people we're working with just can't read plans." It is a skill we can take for granted. An immersive VR experience in the architect's model gracefully solves many of those problems. The ability to drop a client, collaborator, or critic into any point-of-view quickly clarifies the misunderstandings that tend to slow approval and hold up production decisions. This saves both staff time, and client frustration.
Design review is involving an increasing number of professionals. An architect can usually rely on MEPS consultants ability to communicate in orthography, but not all other team members. A recent collaboration with security consultants proved a beautiful case in point -- where sight lines of an entire procession were studied from many angles. Further, kitchen consultants, audio engineers, and others have all felt more empowered to contribute to their design teams with the added perspective an immersive experience offered.
Many design teams serve a client represented by a committee, or group of professionals. Such diverse clients tend to value a shared experience inside a VR model with which to build consensus about a design.
Our consultants can deliver your firm's VR model in three ways. Most clients prefer their models exported to an iOS device used by the staff in conjunction with Google Cardboard. This allows team members unlimited access to their immersive experience. Such models can also be downloaded onto any late-model Google Android device. Lastly, Gridley consultants can provide developer-grade Oculus Rift VR equipment on a rental basis for unlimited access to the models (please see the Oculus minimum hardware requirements before considering this option.)
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