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Civil Engineering and Virtual Reality: Broadening the scope

Prior to the introduction of virtual reality in the field of construction, the architectural designs and drawing only projected as a graphical representation. But with the advent of virtual reality, the level of efficiency in the construction industry has also improved. Virtual reality provides a space to the teams where they are able to test out a number of stages in the building process without the cost and time factors. This kind of real-life testing helps in reducing construction errors. It also enables the workers to experience and explore the spaces and the final structure as they would appear in real life through 3D imaging.

One of the important factors in the construction process is the viability of architectural design. The design needs to be tested thoroughly before finalization. Until now, the viability of any structure was tested through scale models and human judgement but with the virtual reality, we just need to create the environment to test. Virtual reality offers incredible possibilities to scale models which cannot completely stimulate the environmental factors that a structure is subjected to, as human judgement is often inaccurate and flawed.

To revolutionize and disrupt the workflow in the industry of architecture, engineering, and construction space, below is the list of some virtual reality tools:

VR Motion Capture Device

Instead of using a keyboard and a mouse, the motion capture device helps you experience a virtual reality environment through natural body movements. This motion capture device is no less than perfect for virtually opening doors, demolishing walls, moving cranes around or building it all together in real time. This device actually works through body sensors that transmit information about your body’s movements back to the virtual reality software.

Pro 3D camera

This portable Pro 3D camera is quite beneficial for civil engineers as with this they can capture and scan a space of approx 90 square meters within half an hour along with producing high-quality immersive 3D models. This device’s distribution and management platform allow you to share your 3D-models with others in the same team. Using the Pro 3D camera’s cloud, your 3D spaces can be viewed from anywhere in the world on mobile and desktop devices.

Google Virtual Reality Headset

Google virtual reality headset uses natural language instructions such as take photo, record video, how tall is that building, etc so that all these functions can be easily controlled by the device. It also enables to share photos and videos along with displaying maps. This device has surely unleashed big doors for the architecture and construction industry. With virtual reality, you can simply walk down the street and you are able to tell angular distances between architectural features and also the size of buildings. By this, you get the sense of the area that you will be creating and building or remodeling.

There are various other devices of virtual reality that is presently used in the construction and architecture field. The vivid knowledge of these devices for the students of civil engineering has become quite essential. There are few colleges in India which impart high-end knowledge to their students and Ashoka Institute of Engineering and Technology is one of them. They believe in imparting a kind of knowledge, which the students can apply in their actual work field and not just in theoretics. The decision of a wise and vibrant college can impact your career as well.