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.
These are just a few areas we’ve discovered to be opportunities we need to continue working on while developing architectural visualization projects for the Oculus Rift.
The AEC Hackathon is upon us, and if you’re an AEC geek reading this post, you need to drop everything and book tickets to San Francisco for November 8th through the 10th. No, seriously. Go do it. Now!
Oculus Rift demo download link! We’re hard at work ironing out the pipeline and workflow between Revit and Unity3D, publishing real-time architectural visualization projects that can be accessed on a simple web browser. Being able to publish the same build out to Oculus Rift is the icing on the virtual cake, where we can explore designs in immersive 3D.
Unity3D has proven to be a truly powerful and game-changing technology in architectural visualization. This tutorial eBook is designed to introduce you to many of the concepts, tools and best practices recommended for creating real-time applications.
The technologies and demand for realtime 3D visualization in architectural design and urban planning will almost certainly be commonplace in the years ahead, but realizing the full breadth of what is possible when realtime 3D is combined with multi-user, online user-generated environments will require a paradigm shift.
Using video games to visualize architecture? Why not? That’s what Main Street MMO is all about.