Users can take rich data from building information models BIM and send it to a

Users can take rich data from building information

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they would work if they were built and operating, and present their ideas to clients. Users can take rich data from building information models (BIM) and send it to a VR application. As a result, rather than looking at a building design on a 2D screen, users can walk through it as if they were there and experience the different aspects of that design in a high-quality visualization. Not only does this let designers better communicate their ideas and intent to clients, it also ensures that buildings better match client expectations and requirements. Carefully Designed Cars. A number of designers in the automotive industry still use clay modeling to help grasp what the final product will look like. But what if you could experience a new car design in full scale, rather than as a small-scale clay model? That’s precisely what AR and VR environments can do. All the little elements of good car design — for example ergonomic details like how far the driver has to extend her arm to reach the dashboard — can be experienced much more accurately when the designer feels as if they’re actually sitting in the car rather than viewing it as a 2D image on a desktop screen.
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Autodesk has done some significant exploration in this area with a product called VRED , a visualization software that helps automotive designers and engineers create product presentations, design reviews, and build virtual prototypes. VRED can work in conjunction with spatial AR to project 3D information onto different designs. If you have a clay model of a car, or maybe a fabricated foam car, you can project different materials or design configurations onto it — giving multiple people in a room the ability to look at different design options. Volvo and Volkswagen have already done some intriguing work in this area. VRED also now works with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive’s VR head mounted displays (HMDs). Thorough Training. For industries like construction, manufacturing, and oil and gas, AR and VR have the potential to provide virtual field training, giving users a “you are there” experience before they get wherever it is they’re going. Imagine an oilrig in the middle of the North Sea, or a construction site in the heart of the Brazilian jungle. These are not just remote operations, they’re potentially dangerous worksites. With VR, you can simulate these environments to familiarize workers with the sites ahead of time while providing in-depth training. Out in the field, mixed reality can continue to play a role with tasks like repairs and maintenance. Swapping out a drill bit on an oil rig, for example, becomes a lot easier if you’re able to overlay information that lets you know precisely which parts you need to unscrew and replace. Enhanced Education. What happens when you combine reality capture technology with AR and VR? Exciting opportunities for learning and education. Autodesk has recently been 3D scanning the historic Apollo 11 lunar module , which has slowly been degrading over time. Capturing that data allows us to preserve a digital copy of the Apollo 11 — but more importantly it allows us to share it with others for educational purposes. When combined with AR and VR capabilities, this means students in classrooms
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