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How Virtual Reality Is Changing Construction

Virtual reality is being used in the construction industry to improve design, safety, and training and to avoid costly overruns.

Virtual reality is being utilized in a wide range of industries, including the construction industry. It can be used as an effective tool for safety and training and avoiding costly overruns. The use of virtual reality in the construction industry gives management as well as employees a clear, more realistic view of what to expect on the job site.

Virtual reality can help ensure the safety of employees, provide a rapid view of what can be changed to improve productivity, and allow management a clear view of designs and construction sites before building begins.

While mainstream virtual reality is currently perceived as a tool for video games and entertainment purposes, developers and construction experts are finding practical applications for the technology in their field. Implementing virtual reality in construction has opened several avenues for improving design, pitching projects, and enhancing training and safety. These aren't just ideas for the distant future – companies are implementing these ideas today, to much success.

Design and pitching
No matter how accurate schematics or concept renderings are, there's no better way of perceiving how a project will turn out than an accurate, detailed render viewed with virtual reality technology. Architects and designers are investing in VR technology that assists them in getting the fine details just right by putting them in the room they're designing.

VR technology can help you and others on your team envision how the project will work out. VR is a program that allows designers to turn their 3D designs into VR-compatible renderings that they can show collaborators and clients. It can sometimes be difficult to convey the scale and potential of a design, so virtually showing clients is much easier and more accurate.

Customer satisfaction
Virtual reality improves the customer experience by providing a way for the potential property owner to view and/or market a space before the construction is complete. It allows future property owners to experience what the property will actually look and feel like, to actually be in the space, see the views and understand the layout.

Reduced labor costs
Along with the savings that virtual reality provides for safety on a construction site, it can also reduce labor costs. This type of technology can be used in combination with intelligent construction machinery, which allows work to be conducted from inside the office as opposed to several workers physically being in the field. For example, virtual reality allows site managers to preview the calculations of work areas, such as how much earth needs to be removed in specific areas, instead of placing equipment and operators on the site and simply instructing them to dig an area.

Fewer delays in timeline
Construction projects are notorious for being in a constant state of flux, which makes it extremely difficult to predetermine and maintain timelines; even small changes on a job site can delay completion by days or weeks. Virtual reality provides 3D models, which allow management to see the conditions as changes occur and instantly adapt to them.