A Virtual Future for Construction
VR (virtual reality) is a technology that is being used in many fields. Construction is one where the possibilities of VR are still often untapped. Some sister industries are using VR in ways that are making construction take notice.
Real estate photographs are getting a makeover. With the launch of VR goggles and 3D virtual tours, potential real estate buyers, both residential and commercial, are able to virtually navigate properties in a matter of moments. VR Squad Inc., www.vrsquadinc.com, San Jose, Calif., adopted this technology.
One of the key advantages of VR goggles and 3D virtual tours is that it provides a fluid, authentic experience. When you put the headset on you feel like you’re in the space. If you have VR goggles you have the ability to walk around the property you’re interested in, and actually view it as if you’re there in person. The technology is rapidly changing the traditional methods of the real estate market, and other industries are also tapping into the virtual world.
VR is also increasingly being used by the insurance industry for training, research, and product development—which is having a direct impact on the construction industry.
For example, Quadrant Information Systems, www.quadinfo.com, Pleasanton, Calif., notes that where today large insurers build houses and other structures solely for adjustor training, VR will enable carriers to create a wider variety of situations and enable adjusters to learn and experience them more quickly, more accurately, in greater detail, and at significantly lower cost.
Many experienced construction companies are adopting the technology to improve site safety, provide virtual training, and reduce training-associated travel costs. This training has successfully drawn trainees’ attention, stimulated their responses, and attained mutual communication, which is more effective and convincing than lectures. It has changed their mode of thinking and boosted site safety. The construction industry will find ways to use VR in even more ways in the future.