Tag Archive for: import

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.

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Reaction Video: Oculus Rift at Autodesk University – Manufacturing, Medical, Military, Architecture and Real Estate Development

We’re back from Autodesk University in Vegas, where we had the opportunity to show some of our latest Oculus Rift projects to the AEC crowd there.   Wow, was that ever fun!  Exhibiting can be a boring, exhausting experience, but not with the Rift!  From beginning to end, it never gets old watching people experience […]

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25% Off Real-Time Architectural Apps and Free Project Upgrades to Oculus Rift App with Quick Link Dashboard Interface

The next 3 new clients who hire Arch Virtual to create a real-time application of their architectural project will receive the service at a 25% off discounted rate. Additionally, every new project through the end of the year will receive a free upgrade to an additional Oculus Rift compatible application.

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Tutorial eBook Now Available: Unity3D and Architectural Visualization – [DISCOUNT EXTENDED]

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.

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(Rift Demo Download) Oculus Rift and Unity3D for Real-Time Architectural Visualization

Arch Virtual provides real-time architectural visualization services for architects, real estate developers, construction companies and anyone who wants to experience and explore a building in a unique and immersive way.

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State of Play: Can we import BIM models into realtime Unity3D game engine?

Following last week’s post about the new Rutgers School of Business we published into Unity3D game engine, there were a lot of questions about whether we had imported the BIM file directly from Revit, or if there was an intermediate process necessary to make that work.

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3D mesh imports now (finally!) possible in Second Life! No, seriously… I have screenshots to prove it.

This long awaited ‘holy grail’ feature in Second Life has now finally arrived! The subject of numerous false starts, April fool’s jokes, and much controversy – it is now possible to import 3D models directly into Second Life.

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Virtual Barcelona Pavilion

The Barcelona Pavilion, originally designed by Mies van der Rohe, has been reconstructed in the virtual world of Second Life by avatar ‘Wim Wendt’.   It can be visited by clicking HERE.  If you don’t have an account, click ‘Sign Up’ in the upper right corner, and log in to see this great build!  Here […]

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Video demo of 3D Mesh import, diffusion lighting, and the newly improved Second Life viewer

Here is a video, uploaded by HVXSilverstar, showing Tom Hale’s demo at SLCC 09 of mesh import and diffusion (reflective) lighting. And here is a sneak peek at the new viewer: More to come!  Many thanks to HVXSilverstar for making these videos available.

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PRIM to BIM: The past, present and hopeful future of Architecture Islands

Thanks so much for all of the thoughts and comments many of you have shared.  I’ve combined several comments to the original post in order to help clarify a few points. First of all – I’m definitely not leaving Second Life or virtual worlds!  I’m not disenchanted with the platform by any means, and I fully intend to […]

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