When Oculus Rift meets BIM (Building Information Modelling)
But what about the store design process? How soon will visiting proposed store fit outs virtually be a practical part of the sign off process?
Well, we think we have an imminent answer and it is in the form of our newly arrived Oculus Rift. For those unfamiliar with the Oculus Rift, it is a virtual reality headset which plugs into a PC creating an immersive 3D environment. Mariott Hotel has just launched a Virtual Travel Experience using Oculus Rift to teleport guests around the world in a totally immersive 4D sensory experience.
Using the Oculus Rift, we are working towards a project sign off meeting containing a virtual experience. The various stakeholders would remain sitting at their desks in different locations but virtually converging within the new store model. Everyone would be able to walk around the store, see and talk to each other as well as interact with the proposed new surroundings. All we need now is the smell of freshly baked bread and a little chilled air to heighten the sensory experience!
Of course the exciting leap here is the use of Virtual Reality gaming technology within the existing construction process and the availability of 3D BIM Building Information Models. We are already using our new Oculus Rift to explore new stores in real time leveraging the value of these models and creating a low entry point from a cost perspective.