Driverless vehicles are currently all the rage in the tech industry, with every big Silicon Valley player hoping to take part in the autonomous future. Some AI researchers, like scientists from Intel Labs, are using the popular video game Grand Theft Auto to train driverless software how to better navigate in reality.[1] As a result of its ability to provide information and create lifelike scenarios, gaming technology contains incredible potential that can be transferred to real world applications. Now, VIMaec is tapping into that very potential to help architects, engineers, and construction (AEC) professionals get their jobs done.

 

VIMaec develops the virtual reality visualization tools VIM. VIM (Virtual Information Model) delivers a fully immersive, easily navigable, and interactive 3D experience. It employs a powerful game engine to create Virtual Reality Environments that contain all of the BIM data from the Revit file and building product data. Users can perform walkthroughs of building designs via a computer screen, or optimize the technology by strapping on a Samsung Gear or Oculus Rift headset for an all-encompassing 360-degree virtual reality tour.

 

What’s remarkable about VIM is that it gives creators and their clients the ability to completely visualize and virtually roam a building before it’s ever constructed. This allows all parties to reduce costs, while increasing efficiency and visibility collaboration. VIM users get to see how a manufacturer’s products will look in a space, helping to reduce change orders and decrease construction time. The easy-to-use software can process large file sizes to accommodate modeling of giant structures such as skyscrapers, malls, or football stadiums. It’s engineered to keep track of file versions of building designs, giving everyone the ability to examine different design variations so comparisons and decisions can be made.

 

In addition, the VIM can be exported into a Unity file for further enhancements. Unity allows creators to design photorealistic models and add animations. It gives clients the ability to roam with a simple viewer that doesn’t require BIM software. This professional development tool also presents users with an index that lets them touch a 3D product in a virtual setting and instantaneously pull up data such as product information, links to website, cut sheets, and all the BIM-embedded information. With Unity’s fluid workflow, it’s simple to import models from design programs like Autodesk Revit, ArchiCAD, or SketchUp Pro, then rapidly test and tweak an application for optimal user experience.

 

VIM and Unity combine to deliver an unbeatable visualization experience that saves money and shortens construction time – all while improving project control, efficiency, and client satisfaction. If you’re a creator ready to upgrade to virtual modeling, VIM is available through one of our authorized resellers, or you can purchase Unity by calling us at 1 (877) 903-2664 or by emailing us at unity@vimaec.com.

 

[1] http://www.businessinsider.com/gta-grand-theft-auto-driverless-cars-2016-9