Concretising designs in a virtual environment
Traditionally, the end users of a building have only been able to experience living or working in the building once it is completed. Empirical experience and scientific studies have proven that most of us are unable to understand traditional design documents. Sweco already involves the end users of a building in the early stages of the design process, letting them set requirements for facilities, and presents the designs to the users in an understandable way by means of virtual reality. We build a virtual building that reflects reality before any bricks are laid down. This way, users can comment on the designs and participate in their development.
A cave automatic virtual environment (CAVE) is the most efficient way to assess the functionality of designs in the early stages of development. For example, doctors and nurses can participate in hospital projects by setting facility requirements for the hospital in our virtual environment. In one of our hospital projects, it was shown by using CAVE that the size requirements set for the facilities by the personnel were in fact too large. Changing the building’s size resulted in significant savings in construction costs and the facilities ended up serving the end users more efficiently. Savings in life cycle costs will be even greater, as the smaller size of the building makes it possible to use a more efficient number of personnel.
Our expertise also includes showing structural models in a virtual environment
As a structural model can be immediately displayed in a virtual environment, we can reliably assess the constructability of the building’s frame, for example.
We utilise a wide variety of virtual technology
In its visualisation, Sweco utilises CAVE environments and different types of VR glasses, such as HTV Vive, Gear VR glasses and Hololens hologram glasses. We also utilise mobile equipment to show panorama images, point clouds and models.
Different needs require varied expertise in virtual technology. We are well-versed in all these types of technology, but technology alone cannot solve the challenges involved in building projects. This is why it is important that we at Sweco understand how we can utilise technology as part of design and construction in order to realise our customers’ goals.
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