BIM Goes Virtual: Oculus Rift and virtual reality take architectural visualization to the next level

BIM Goes Virtual: Oculus Rift and virtual reality take architectural visualization to the next level

Almost three decades before Building Information Modeling (BIM) would go mainstream, the term “Virtual Building” was used in the earliest implementation of BIM through Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD debut in 1987. Since then, the concept hasn’t changed, but visualization technology has advanced to the point where designers, engineers, contractors, and building owners can become so immersed in the virtual building model that they feel as if they’re actually there. Technologies like the Unity3D game engine and the new $300 Oculus Rift virtual reality headset are making it possible.

Arch Virtual releases architectural visualization application built with Unity3D game engine, including Oculus Rift compatibility

Arch Virtual releases architectural visualization application built with Unity3D game engine, including Oculus Rift compatibility

[UPDATE 2: We posted a revised build with an improved player controller for better scaling and an updated exterior environment.] This week, Arch Virtual released a new interactive, real-time architectural experience for the Panoptic Group, based out of Chicago,...

13 Predictions for 2013

I generally tend to be bullish on the future of virtual technologies, but I just don’t see 2013 being a big year for this industry.  I think we will likely see more of the same across the board.  That doesn’t necessarily mean it will be a bad year for...