Architects Adopt Iris VR To Build In Virtual Reality

Posted: Nov 13 2016, 1:41am CST | by , in Technology News


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Architects Adopt Iris VR To Build in Virtual Reality

The new Virtual Reality triggered by Oculus is here to stay. Industries are starting to fully engage in using VR in business.

I share office space with architects. The way they communicate new building designs to their customers is to build scaled models using paper, a cutter and glue. The whole office is full with little "toy" houses. The reason they build these models is the difficulty to understand the technical drawings on paper.

Virtual reality is completely changing this. Architects can have software create a 3D simulation from their building plans. Customers can slip into a HTC Vive or Oculus and walk through their future home. The access to the building design is much more powerful than discussing a paper model.

"You can’t help but say wow," says George Valdes, VP of technology at Iris VR in new report on Wired. Iris VR is one of several developers offering virtual reality software designed for architects. "It happens every time a client or an architect jumps into a project for the first time. You can literally bring them into the project, and that makes design a more human experience."

Iris VR has over 15,000 users and there is a free download of their software available on their site. This is still the beginning as VR headsets just started to ship this year earlier this year.

Visualizing building designs is just one aspect of VR in architecture. In parallel the Building Information Modeling (BIM) revolution is happening. All data about buildings is centralized into one data model. With VR layers of BIM data can be visualized directly into the 3D model of the building. The BIM model is used during construction and lives on after the building is finished used by facility managers and building maintenance.

At the BIM World 2016 conference in Munich, November 29 and 30. experts discuss the current state of BIM and present the latest software tools. Virtual Reality is naturally also a topic at this largest gathering around BIM in Germany. I4U News secured a discount code for tickets for its readers. You can get 15% off using BIM16 at

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