Tenebris Lab set up a stand for the annual Cape Construction Expo (CCE) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, 23-24 August 2017 to demo LUX Walker VR walkthrough software.
Only in it’s fifth year, we were pleased by the amount of interest we got from construction professionals at the Cape Construction Expo. Most of the passing crowd were immediately intrigued to try out the HTC Vive goggles, experiencing their first virtual walkthrough of a beautiful residential villa in Spain, designed by internationally renowned architecture and design firm, SAOTA.
Visitors quickly got to grips with LUX Walker, teleporting between different rooms and levels of the model. To ensure that the demo window was efficient for large crowds of people, we used the Basic version of LUX Walker, which has a tool system with locked tool features. Test features included the Time Tool and Drawing Tool. Time Tool pulls the geo-location linked to a project, enabling users to adjust the time of day based on the hemisphere, location, or season for an accurate representation of light refraction on a surface or facade. Drawing Tool can be used for highlighting sections of interest within a model, visitors created alternative exit and entry points and markups that could be implemented at a later stage in the design process.
The CCE is a good platform for testing LUX Walker on a mixture of different industry sectors. We were able to speak to architects, project managers, builders, engineers, regulators and planners who all understand the value of virtual reality for the AEC sector, especially once they tried LUX. We were able to showcase LUX to a group of Government officials who are interested in using VR in the development of a low cost housing scheme they are overseeing for the Western Cape. The ability to perfectly envision and explore a 3D model in 1-1 scale, and communicate with other people who are involved in a project, team members who may be based on site or in a project office, are major points of interest.
Events like Cape Construction are a great way to gather public opinion on virtual reality and technology in a traditional industry like construction. People are clued up about BIM and the value in technology, and tech advancements for the future of construction, especially focusing on improving collaboration and efficiency throughout the design and build process.
Tenebris Lab Director, Gerard Slee, was caught for a quick interview with Cape Business News, check out our interview, around the 5 minute mark.
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