Inaspace paving the way for architecture with Virtual Reality

By February 17, 2019Architecture, Inaspace, VR

Virtual Reality (VR) technology makes architectural plans easier to understand and saves time and money.

Virtual Reality is a visual tool that allows our clients to experience 3D computer simulated environments. With tracking sensors and a headset, users explore and interact in a space that doesn’t physically exist. If the user’s head turns, the graphics reacts accordingly – this means you can walk around, look through a window or confirm furniture heights just like you would in real life.

Clients can also experience a virtual model without wearing the headset by watching a video “flythrough” of the 3D space or via an online walkthrough.

VR is for every body and any project

You don’t need to be an IT expert to use the software. The global CEO of KFC found our equipment useful in understanding a new building design, while a 60 year old farmer was able to intuitively interact with the model of his new home despite never having used a computer or played video games before.

The 3D models we now build are helpful for everyone on the project. The models are so easy to interpret that construction errors are minimized because engineers and trades people can immediately read the design. In the past we hand sketched 2D plans and elevations with image boards and renders. Now we communicate more powerfully and effectively.

There is no project too big or to small for VR. We have modelled projects ranging from as little as 40m2 to as massive 2.7 hectares consisting of dozens of buildings.

VR advantages

  • Time and money saved
  • Design presentation is interactive
  • Viewing the proposed design at a real life scale results in better understanding
  • Make instant changes to finishes
  • Real time and location sunlight adjustments (morning, afternoon, night time etc)
  • Able to discuss details much earlier in the design process
  • Design comprehension increased
  • Misinterpretation of drawings by builders and trades people decreased
  • More efficient and effective problem solving
  • Addressing problems via the 3D model leads to less on site changes
  • More streamlined correspondence prior to construction and less on site visits
  • Greater marketing potential for clients, investors, tenants or customers

What can I expect?

We model in 3D simultaneous to hand designing and documenting. Here are some examples of how quickly we produce VR ready models whilst designing / documenting a project.

1-2 Days (no textures)

1 week (Basic materials added)

2 weeks+ (Detailed model)

Where can I view a VR model?

To get the most out of a model we recommend coming to our office for the full VR experience however we can also come to you or send a link for you to view online anywhere in the world. Check out the comparison table below to get an idea of what to expect when viewing at different locations.

 Inaspace OfficeYour office*At home**
Walk through computer model✔️✔️✔️
Adjust daylighting✔️✔️✔️
VR compatible (use with headset)✔️✔️
Make instant changes to model (materials, layouts etc)✔️
High Res render quality✔️✔️Draft quality only
Realistic grass / reflections✔️✔️

*Inaspace presentation at your office OR using your computer with the minimum hardware requirements
**Requires internet connection + install WEB GL2 on Chrome or Firefox

VR is a great tool to compliment technical drawings and achieve a successful project. Inaspace is excited to be at the forefront of architecture with this technology. It’s impossible to describe what it’s like so we welcome the opportunity for clients to come in and try it! The only way to really see it is if you’re looking at it!

If you want to know more feel free get in touch and in the meantime

Check out an online model here!