With no stone left unturned in the new architectural virtual reality technology, everything is exactly as it would be in the physical world. From the moment you place the virtual reality goggles on your face, they are working to ensure your experience of your new home is entirely realistic. That starts with the glasses assessing your height to place you within the virtual world so your eye line is at the correct level. The sun is placed with accurate GPS locations, showing you exactly where it will be at any given time of day,
It is a new virtual world; one which exists at the chasm of two industries: architecture and gaming. It is what some may call a relatively odd collision, yet a relationship that is bringing limitless possibilities to the world of design, 3DAV founder Patrick Wood says.
“In 2011, the United Kingdom’s Government Construction Strategy came into force, requiring any building being built had to have fully collaborative 3D BIM building information modelling as a minimum by 2016. This is an industry standard now, and I believe should be one here too.”
Wood started his career in three dimensional imagery in the United Kingdom before immigrating to New Zealand a few years ago and setting up 3DAV, now a leader in the virtual imagery field. “About four years ago in the UK, it was made law that every new building had to be built in 3D prior to any physical construction commencing. I think it should become industry standard here too, for various reasons, but most importantly, it saves time and money. It’s also a way to reduce wastage by being able to plan so intricately,” Wood says.
“Being able to accurately measure materials in this level of detail is something new,” Wood says. “This technology allows for a new level of planning and an accuracy of representation that was not previously possible.”