Virtual reality has entered the main stream. Clients are asking for it. After decades of being the odd stepchild of rendering and the world wide web, virtual reality has come into its own thanks to developments in mobile and supporting technologies. Some of you may remember the introduction of VRML in 1994 and the promise of Web3d a few years later. Prior to that, Morton Helig devised a multimodal stereoscopic machine called Sensorama, immersing the user into a virtual world for entertainment. Today, Design industries are seeing much value in virtual and augmented reality. For the healthcare industry, VR has proven to be invaluable and generally a real crowd pleaser. For instance our staff walk around existing Hospital Emergency Departments with our clients and their staff, displaying the virtualized renovations on iPads and Cardboard viewers. Decisions to design questions are quickly provided and feedback is ample. Miscommunication is minimized with these tools and attendees leave with a clear understanding of the designs presented. Value.
I look forward to discussing VR and AR with colleagues at the Design Technology Summit this summer in Toronto. Being a forum of leaders of large firms, DTS has got the answers you are looking for and the experience to tap as you venture into new avenues of design technologies.
The upcoming Summit looks to cross-pollinate with individuals and expertise outside of our industry, to inspire ideas and solutions to challenges you face. Discussion of your firm’s design-technology challenges is part of every Summit. Join the community of Design Technology Leaders this summer in Toronto and take a step towards driving increased value, new client opportunities or better quality in your firm.
Craig Barbieri is a Design Technology leader and has driven the use of technologies to enhance the practice of design and construction for more than 15 years. He is an advocate for maximizing the potential of current and new technologies on projects and in practices.
Craig holds a Masters of Architecture and Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Business from the University of California. He is an associate member of the AIA.