Aside from bridging the understanding gap, Arles noted that virtual reality can also help to identify potential risks in the building since it allows the client "to identify the risks in a virtual environment" before it's too late and something has already been built but it is not safe for public use.
Leveraging the power of reality computing
Aside from VR and AR, reality computing can also be a boon the AEC industry.
According to Arles, reality computing refers to the ability of capturing reality and works by stitching photos to create a 360 degree look of the site, which can be uploaded in the cloud.
Since the information is already online and can be accessed anytime, Arles said that reality computing reduces the amount of time an engineer or designer spends on inspecting and revisiting the site.
On top of this, the technology also enables AEC professionals to analyse and simulate their design, digitally, with consideration to the existing environment. "Previously, only the project itself was displayed. But with reality capture, we can develop, adjust, manage, and simulate our designs in relation to what exists in the real world," said Arles.
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