One technology available to the digital contractor for mapping what’s happening in the physical world with the 3D models is mixed reality. Mixed reality often includes both augmented reality and virtual reality.
During the preconstruction design phase, mixed reality can be used for a number of tasks, such as:
- conducting design iterations;
- communicating designs to owners;
- visualizing the impact of design changes;
- discovering design and coordination clashes; and
- mocking up virtual interior designs.
Mixed reality can also be used to create marketing material, such as a virtual showroom. Imagine being able to show a potential client what the building will look like. For example, the client, wearing mixed-reality glasses, can see the physical neighborhood with the building or can take a virtual “walk” through of an apartment before it it is even completed.
Reprinted courtesy of A. Vincent Vasquez, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.