Seeing the Possibilities
August 18, 2016
Creating Physical Space with Virtual Reality
DIRTT Environmental Solutions is leading the way in innovation, and not only with their solutions. DIRTT, which stands for Doing It Right This Time, employs strict eco-friendly protocols from procurement to production to installation and offers a wealth of experience with attaining LEED and other environmental certifications.
These differentiators aside, even DIRTT’s method of design is ground-breaking. DIRTT utilizes a state-of-the-art program entitled ICE®, a cloud-based visual and specification software, to generate their designs in 3D with virtual reality. DIRTT is the first company to use virtual reality as a viable business tool for construction. ICE® provides full integration between all phases of design, manufacturing and construction. It has object-oriented intelligence to price, engineer and build interiors using an interactive 3D video game-like experience. In this incredible environment, users can walk from room to room within their planned space and initiate changes in real time. With ICE® VR, modifications are instantly reflected in pricing and engineering plans are immediately formulated for manufacturing. Users visually see their space being built and changed while getting a realistic feel for what that space will be like to occupy. ICE® can be used with virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive for ultimately immersive experiences and can also be used on smartphones and tablets.
The goal of employing this technology is to assist architects, developers, facility managers and interior designers in creating work spaces that are optimally tailored for the client or organization and to do so in an efficient manner. This technological innovation enhances sustainability and enables DIRTT to minimize waste, quickly integrate changes, assure precision in production and drive down costs.
The array of prefabricated modular interior construction and innovation available through DIRTT combined with the project management expertise of Corporate Environments delivers a compelling combination that will assure an extraordinary client experience.