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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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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, Illinois.  The application was developed using the Unity3D game development engine, and can be embedded in […]

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Oculus Rift a Game Changer for Architectural Visualization and Design

“WOW!” Seems to be an almost universal reaction to a first experience trying on the new Oculus Rift VR headset. Seeing a players first experience with Rift is always interesting to see, as the player gradually becomes immersed, suspending their disbelief, and becoming part of the virtual environment.

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Villa Tugenhdat, by Mies van der Rohe: Realtime 3D virtual tour published to Flash with Unity3D

Check out this realtime virtual tour of Villa Tugenhdat, by famed architect Mies van der Rohe, build published to Flash with Unity3D.

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(Kickstarter Update #1) Explore Dubuque, Iowa’s Historic Millwork District with Virtual CARADCO

Using video games to visualize architecture? Why not? That’s what Main Street MMO is all about.

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Realtime Cities Initiative: Virtual Dubuque

Introducing Virtual Dubuque, a premiere development of our new Virtual Cities initiative. This new community resource will provide free and easy to access windows into interactive, customizable 3D models of cities.

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The Grand Opening of the Frank Lloyd Wright Museum in Second Life

Just got this invite, and thought I’d pass it along! The Grand Opening of the Frank Lloyd Wright Museum in Second Life will be held on Saturday, July 25 from 1:00 SLT into the evening and Sunday, July 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 SLT.  There will also be a Museum Members Only party on Friday, […]

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Tips for Improving Camera Position for Viewing Real Life Scale Architecture

I recently sent out a plea via Twitter (I’m @Keystone) to find a better way to experience real-life scale buildings.  It has long been a frustration of mine (and just about everyone who tries to build rl-scale builds in SL!) that anything built at 1:1 proportions ‘feels’ way too small inside.  The most commonly cited […]

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