Visualization has catapulted to an entirely new level with the introduction of virtual reality that is now spilling all over and has become one of the most promising innovations in this field. Virtual Reality helps you experience a virtual world offering various levels of immersion and interactivity depending upon the usage. It has the potential to transform how the clients visualize the building and understand it’s mobility before the construction process.

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 In a world where change is the only constant, we see advancements in technology come by each day. Talking specifically about Virtual Reality, it’s usage began way back in time, with continuous advancements over the years, today virtual reality stands a technology that all the premiere firms have adapted and many more look forward to.

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Virtual Reality helps ease out the analysis and understanding of space.

Below are some of the instances where virtual reality has been taking over and will soon be predominantly used. Stantec, HMC Architects, and Merriman Anderson are the three renowned firms in this field due to their wide application of Virtual Reality. 

1. Transforming the future of energy infrastructure. 

 Stantec has been using Virtual Reality for advanced visualization of not just the spaces but the services as well. This technology helps clients to understand, experience, and evaluate the pipelines, ducts, and every service present in the building during the design stages itself. The chances of mistakes and re-assessment are cut down with this prior analysis.

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2. Visit the museum, anytime, anywhere! 

 In today’s occupied lives, people demand much easier ways of entertainment. Virtual museums are not a replica of existing museums but a virtual building in a completely different context with artistic expression.

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3. Virtual Reality (VR) as a marketing tool. 

Merriman Anderson Architects, a Dallas based firm, uses Virtual Reality also as a mode to depict to their clients their creative and innovative design process using this technology. This imbibes the trust of the clients in the firm as they can get answers for all their questions right in front of them.

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4. Acoustics through Virtual Reality 

 Stantec Architects have developed software to demonstrate aurally the noise within the building. From analyzing noise within the building to the impact of external noise sources, the study can be done with this software. 

 Virtual reality in this subject helps to make informed choices regarding the materials, finishes as well as insulation methods.

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5. Virtual Reality for Lighting 

 While designing spaces such as schools, it is very important to take note of the lighting and furnishings to understand the reflections taking place within, the availability of direct as well as diffused light. HMC Architects use Virtual Reality to understand this factor of design.

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Shivani Singh is an architecture student who has an ardour for reading and writing. She is always on the go, trying to explore and experience the various ingredients in this recipe of life. There is a lot to perceive and not enough time for it, is what she says!

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