Virtual buildings

Improving collaboration with virtual buildings

12 November 2018

Context is at the forefront of using virtual and augmented reality to transform the way buildings are designed and built. Construction News Editor Lynne Richardson visited our VR lab to see how.

Virtual and augmented reality break down barriers of understanding and improve the design process for everyone involved in a design and construction project.

As Managing Principal Stephen Voyle explains, “AR and VR have changed the way we design and exponentially increased collaboration between us, clients and contractors. We use these tools deliberately to demystify and democratise the design process and increase clarity.”

Construction News Editor Lynne Richardson visited Context’s Auckland virtual reality lab to learn about how we’re using virtual and augmented reality to improve collaboration in design and construction. Her experiential tour demonstrated how virtual buildings empower clients and contractors and improve accuracy through every stage of a project.

“The practical possibilities are what’s really interesting,” she writes. “For construction contractors, it provides a feedback loop long before problems are encountered onsite where they cost much more time and dollars. Contractors can go to Context’s VR lab and virtually walk through the proposed building, spotting any issues that can be amended in the model with automatic updates to construction documentation.”

“With AR it goes even further, and the planned building can appear in front of the development and construction teams’ eyes on an empty site. This realism speeds time to market and reduces reworking and remediation costs – the people designing and building a project are brought together to collaborate earlier when the fixes are only virtual.”

Clarity and accuracy are improved immensely when contractors no longer need to understand 3D buildings based on scaled 2D drawings. Our AR app eliminates misunderstanding and ensures integrity by enabling contractors to access design and construction data and work through build sequencing onsite.
“Imagine a YouTube tutorial happening on top of an architectural drawing of a detail – people upskill quicker when shown the process rather than just a finished product. With skilled shortages in the industry, this is a game-changer.”

The story has been published in the October/November edition of Construction News. See the full article here.