Conceptual and final stage designs for architectural projects are using interactive and immersive visualization processes to convert 3D BIM models into exciting, animated movie clips that allow stakeholders to fly-over the proposed building exterior and landscapes – or walk-through interior rooms, up stairs, and around corners for a first hand experience of occupant flow patterns and interior finishes. With immersive visualization, project stakeholders can experience building interiors and exteriors – feeling immersed within the actual spaces, hear the acoustical qualities and see the effects of lighting, feel the textures of furnishings and walls, and walk on carpeted or hard-surfaced floors.
Today’s technology allows for both an interactive and/or an immersive visual experience of architectural projects. An immersive experience can be likened to entering in a simulated world, where the lines between the physical senses and digital graphics are hard to distinguish. The term ‘mixed reality’ is often interchanged with immersive visualization techniques where hardware and software platforms combine to create real-world sensations and effect the mental perceptions of one or more of the five sensory receptors – vision, hearing, smell, touch, or taste. With the help of artificial intelligence (AI), the user’s gestures and input are used to interact within the 3D BIM model, inciting an animated response, in-real time. This means clients and project stakeholders can immerse themselves into the architectural project by voice, by gaze, or by gesture for a fully-immersive mixed reality experience.
With the use of advanced 3D BIM architectural software platforms such as Autodesk Revit, computer-generated imaging or graphics rendering applications, along with hardware technologies, exciting immersive visualization experiences can be created for architectural presentations and client review. Some of the benefits of using this technology will result in better buildings and greater client satisfaction: