How is VR shaping the Construction Industry?

New construction technology is rapidly shifting the way construction is done, from apps on mobile devices to laser scanning and drone photogrammetry. Few construction sites have fully escaped the onward march of technology, but many companies have really embraced it, and are reaping substantial rewards. Virtual Reality is one new technology that is changing the construction industry by solving old problems. Virtual reality in construction is the next level in 3D modelling. Like 3D modelling, it involves a detailed virtual model of the project. Unlike 3D modelling, it places the user directly inside the virtual environment, so that the user experiences a full immersion into the virtual space. Because every building is different and every site is unique, construction has never been an easily scaled industry. VR changes that by making it easy to share across teams and get new teams quickly up to date on relevant issues. Creating a 3D model of a construction site used to be a complex physical process that required space, time, and materials. These miniature models were helpful in orienting the project, but by necessity contained inaccuracies and lacked detail.

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