MIX REAL - THE MIXED REALITY WORKS
If architecture is the thoughtful making of spaces, then the more an architect can interact with those spaces in real-time, the more thoughtful the process can be. Every construction project is a unique, site-specific translation of a design that leaves little room for error. Misinterpretation of design data can lead to costly mistakes, quality issues, and schedule delays. Today’s architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry must improve communication methods and integrate workflows by embracing technological advancements.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions and 3D modeling capabilities have already enhanced information sharing and dynamic workflows in AEC, but the most forward-thinking AEC firms are leveraging technologies like Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and the newest kid-on-the-block, Mixed Reality. Of the three, Mixed Reality for AEC is truly a match made in heaven.
AR, VR, MR: Decoding Realities
To fully grasp the ways in which Mixed Reality can revolutionize the AEC industry, it’s important to understand where MR stands on the virtuality continuum. While most AEC professionals are already comfortable using immersive Virtual Reality tools like the Oculus Rift, VR is mostly useful during the design stage. Because VR users are fully immersed in a virtual environment completely detached from the physical world, there are no interactions between the real world and virtual objects. This limits understanding of the design in context to its eventual real-world placement.
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