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The Sustainability Imperative-How Immersive Tech Can Lead AEC to Greener Pastures

The Sustainability Imperative: How Immersive Tech Can Lead AEC to Greener Pastures

Architecture, engineering and construction sectors are gradually shifting from traditional 2D drawing and physical models to immersive virtual designs. The integration of immersive technology in gaming and entertainment, starting around the year 2016, has paved the way for this evolution. With the advent of technologies like Building Information Modeling (BIM) and digital twins, the industry is moving towards a more dynamic and interactive approach. Looking ahead, the utilization of immersive technology has the potential to drive AEC sectors towards sustainable practices, revolutionizing how projects are planned, designed, and executed.

Elements of Immersive Technology

When it comes to immersive experiences, all the elements of sight, sound, and touch come together. A true immersive experience can be achieved with either virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR), as they utilize all these elements.

The primary focus of immersive technology is interactivity and connectivity, virtually transporting someone in an entirely different environment.

Here are the components for achieving an immersive experience:

  • High-Quality Audio: Sound plays a crucial role in creating a sense of presence and realism in a virtual environment.
  • High-Resolution Visuals: Sharp and detailed graphics enhance the visual experience and make the virtual world more convincing.
  • Responsive Haptic Feedback: Tactile sensations through controllers or gloves can further immerse users by providing physical interactions.
  • Intuitive User Interface: Easy and natural interactions with the virtual environment enhance immersion by reducing cognitive load.
  • Smooth Interactive Experience: Seamless transitions, responsive controls, and realistic physics contribute to a more immersive experience.
  • Realistic Environment Simulation: Mimicking real-world physics and behaviors adds authenticity to the experience, improving immersion.

Immersive Technology Today

Immersive technology, accelerated by recent global events, is reshaping industries. The market, valued at USD 29.12 billion in 2022, is projected to grow at a CAGR of 25.7% from 2023 to 2030. Nowadays, there are several virtual reality and augmented reality companies that are revolutionizing education, training, events, and entertainment. Whereas pandemic has fast-tracked their adoption, showcasing their transformative impact.

As we stand on the brink of a shift from mobile to immersive computing, the possibilities for immersive experiences are expanding rapidly. With AI enhancing immersive engagements, the landscape of customer interaction, e-commerce, training, and AEC sectors are being redefined. The haptic technology market’s projected growth to $23.8 billion by 2030 promises even more remarkable immersive experiences ahead.

Adoption of Immersive Technology in AEC Sectors

In the context of the metaverse and the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0), immersive VR and AR technologies are gradually being integrated into the AEC sector to enhance design visualization, streamline project planning, improve construction training, facilitate project visualization and progress tracking, as well as enhance asset management and inventory tracking.

This integration is part of a broader shift towards a more technologically enhanced, efficient, and safe construction industry, where immersive technologies contribute to reducing time spent on revisions and improving overall project outcomes.

Here’s how immersive technology can promote sustainable design and construction practices:

  • Enhanced Visualization: Immersive technology allows architects and designers to visualize sustainable design concepts in a realistic environment.
  • Improved Collaboration: Virtual rеality facilitatеs bеttеr collaboration among project stakeholders, lеading to morе sustainablе decision making.
  • Reduced Material Waste: By simulating construction processes, immersive technology helps identify and minimize material waste.
  • Energy Efficiency: Virtual environments enable testing of еnеrgy efficient dеsigns bеforе implementation, promoting sustainablе practicеs.
  • Cost Savings: Immersive technology can help optimize building designs for sustainability, potentially reducing long-term operational costs.

Integrating immersive technology within the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) can be a powerful tool for visualizing, and optimizing designs of the existing structure while analyzing energy efficiency, accessing virtual material libraries, and educating stakeholders, allowing architects to create a sustainable future for generations to come.

Tackle Your Age-Old Architectural Design Problems With Trezi Lens

We are Trezi, a virtual reality platform developed by SmartVizX, based in the National Capital region of India. Our platform Trezi Lens was created in response to the age-old challenges faced by architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) sectors, such as inefficient and ineffective design, collaboration between architects, designers, stakeholders, and building product manufacturers.

By integrating Trezi Lens into their workflow, professionals in the AEC industry can leverage the power of virtual reality to visualize and communicate complex architectural designs effectively. This immersive tool bridges the gap between 2D and 3D architectural representations, allowing clients to walk through spaces, view design selections, and make informed decisions with greater clarity and insight.

Here’s what sets Trezi Lens apart:

  • Real-time immersive experience of design intent
  • Compatibility with 90% of 3D modeling softwares
  • Smooth communication and coordination among stakeholders.
  • Helps bridge the gap between 2D/3D architectural designs.
  • Accessibility regardless of company size or budget

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