Through the last decade, the AEC industry has taken on the challenge of digitizing their processes – moving from blueprints to 3D CAD to BIM and even further to ever-updating digital twins. This progression included efforts to create new tools for visualizing BIM so that everyone from general contractors to stakeholders can get on the same page about designs in process. As the technology has progressed (and as cloud processing has become easier to access), there’s been a push for augmented or virtual reality (AR/VR) to be incorporated into these same workflows for visualization. By building out its BIM tools and catering to AEC users, The Wild offers a unique take on how VR and AR can be used to further improve those workflows via real-time immersive collaboration.
Using AR and VR to go beyond visualization
While there are more than a few companies utilizing virtual and augmented reality for model visualization or building simulation, Gabriel Paez, CEO and Founder of The Wild, thinks that VR and AR could be doing so much more in the AEC space. Paez and his company have developed The Wild to grow beyond visualization to an immersive collaboration platform that allows teams to work together in augmented or virtual reality, across a variety of devices.[gdlr_quote align=”right” ]“We feel like the great revolution of this technology is that it goes well beyond visualization and simulation. It’s also about transportation – the ability to take anyone, from any place, with any idea in to a shared space, instantly.” [/gdlr_quote]
To Paez, The Wild’s value isn’t just in using AR or VR to visualize a model, but using the visualization as the means for the models to be created, evaluated, edited and previewed collaboratively.
“We feel like the great revolution of this technology is that it goes well beyond visualization and simulation. It’s also about transportation – the ability to take anyone, from any place, with any idea in to a shared space, instantly.”
When users enter The Wild, they can do so via semi-transparent avatars that can see models and environments at a variety of different scales. You can stand in a human-scale view where you are able to view a building from the outside, put the same building model on a virtual surface, or even move about a city or a design while giant-sized.
Being able to work on the same model at the same time, as well as being able to switch from external to internal views, can help AEC teams to make decisions, going from design to construction phases more efficiently. The hope is that The Wild can be a normal part of the working process, saving time, money and frustration.
In The Wild, a variety of stakeholders can evaluate designs, look out for errors, and discuss next steps, no matter where they originate. This kind of on-site, as-needed collaboration also eliminates the need to pass around large files from office to office, and has the potential to reduce miscommunications and misunderstandings between team members that can lead to costly rework.
New tools facilitate immersive collaboration for BIM
The latest update to The Wild incorporates three additional tools that work with BIM data. A new Inspect tool allows users to view and inspect object-level BIM data on any part of a 3D model. This unlocks more information from BIM so that better decisions can be made in situ.