Have you ever presented a project to an audience that you felt just really wasn’t getting it? Come on! This plan is awesome, can't you see it? Maybe it will solve a big challenge for a city, alleviate congestion on a highway, or resolve a drainage problem in a new subdivision. Maybe, your stakeholders understood the value of the design, but it is just difficult to visualize it and really understand the impact of the changes. For the most part, humans are visual beings and sometimes when presenting to the public, they need to see it to believe it.
Did you know some really innovative technologies exists that can help you better tell a story? Think gaming industry meets civil engineering. With the Oculus Rift, you feel like you are playing a video game. Instead of looking at a proposed design, you are in the design. I can’t think of a better way to engage stakeholders than to immerse them in a virtual world of what could be.
This is a totally immersive headset that takes you into the infrastructure project. Position yourself in an Autodesk InfraWorks 360 3D city model, directly into a new design for an intersection, a housing area, or a new park. And feel as if you were there in reality! The Oculus tracks your head movements and lets you view in exactly that direction within the 3D city model. A great tool to experience various proposed designs as if it was built already. Everyone is now capable to understand how even complex designs will look once they are built.
Coming to AU2014? Get your hands on the Oculus Rift. Experience it for yourself in the BIM City booth. We’ll have the Oculus on display all through the show. And attend the Experience Infrastructure Event at the Mandalay Bay Exhibit Hall - Bayside B, Level 1. Come by either Tuesday or Wednesday to get your hands on this cool technology. Schedule this event here - http://autode.sk/1vWNMtB.
Here's a sneak preview of what you'll see at AU2014.
Want more details? For more information on how the Oculus Rift works, check out the BIMagination blog Dive into your InfraWorks 360 Model with Oculus Rift. And see how to set up the DK2 on this blog post. Note that this is not an officially supported feature and it can change in future as well, but please tell us what you think. How would use Oculus and InfraWorks 360 in your daily work? How do you like it?