New technology will allow users anywhere in the world to collaborate on AEC projects in VR
IrisVR is adding multi-user collaboration to its AEC focused VR software, Prospect, which works with Revit, SketchUp, Rhino and other CAD/BIM tools. With the new technology, users anywhere in the world will be able to collaborate on a project using the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift by inviting others to an immersive virtual group session.
IrisVR’s multi-user technology offers a real-time virtual reality environment with voice audio and motion feedback accessible to anyone. Architects, engineers, and designers can host guided walkthroughs of a space pre-construction, extending the concept of in-person client meetings and design review to the VR world.
“We are excited to announce multi-user collaboration within Prospect,” says Shane Scranton, CEO and Co-Founder of IrisVR. “Multi-user will change not only the logistics of in-person meetings but it will help facilitate larger conversations and decisions. If you are a healthcare architect you can now invite the physician or nurse into a collaborative and intuitive environment of the proposed design. Then you can engage in a dialogue about space to evaluate the impact of decisions prior to construction, regardless of their physical location,” he added.
According to Nate Beatty, CTO and Co-Founder of IrisVR, “Job site safety is a huge concern for everyone in the building industry. Having a multi-user experience creates an avenue for training and orientation to occur before setting foot on-site. Imagine the benefits of being able to guide a new oil rig worker through the complex spaces of a rig in a risk-free environment, prior to them traveling to a distant location.”
IrisVR will debut the multi-user experience at the AIA’s Conference on Architecture from April 27-29 in Orlando. Attendees will be able to experience the technology first-hand and walk through SketchUp, Revit, and Rhino models in VR.
IrisVR’s multi-user technology will be available to the public later in the year.
Meanwhile, read our hands-on review of IrisVR Prospect, where we also look at Autodesk Revit Live (previously called Autodesk LIVE) and Enscape.
To learn more about VR for Architecture, read our beginner’s guide.
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