Meta (the new corporate brand that comprises Facebook, Messenger, Oculus, Instagram, and WhatsApp) recently coined the term “metaverse”. Metaverse is essentially a 3D evolution of the internet, representing a virtual universe that can be experienced like the real world.
The metaverse has major implications for how we will collaborate and work together in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industries.
Embracing work in the metaverse will be imperative for AEC and VDC teams to keep up with changing client expectations, an evolving talent pool, and fierce competition that is already leveraging the metaverse’s ability to multiply their productivity in sharing ideas.
How does that work?
The metaverse takes 3D models, conversations, media, data visualization, project management, and webapps and brings them into a shared physical space that can be interacted with by our hands. It’s a new HQ that can be accessed from anywhere in the world. It permits instant 3D massing, manipulating assets, or even interacting with building layers and BIM data on a virtual clipboard.
These platforms give a better understanding of the spaces we build and make our communications around them more efficient. By immersing our teammates and clients in 3D spaces, it’s possible to eliminate the need for in-person design review meetings and business travel, while speeding up approvals to shorten design-to-construction timelines.
All of your standard work tools are just a few clicks away from the metaverse. Collaboration platforms like The Wild and IrisVR have direct integrations to bring your work from tools like Navisworks into shared spaces that can be accessed from anywhere.
In addition, these platforms’ integrations like Autodesk Construction Cloud ensure that your work stays updated with the latest versions from either desktop or virtual reality. Changes will perpetually synchronize to immersive experiences with the newest changes from Autodesk tools.
How will the metaverse change our industry’s workflows using VR and AR in the metaverse? Here are a few examples:
AEC teams and clients can stay aligned from any time or place in the world using VR, leading to fewer meetings, less business travel, and faster approvals.
From site planning to architectural variations, you can rapidly experience a multitude of iterations with your hands, saving materials and getting to final versions quicker.
From immersive issue tracking to BIM/VDC inspecting & layer visibility settings, VR provides full life-cycle coordination.
Whether reviewing site facades with AR or tweaking materials for clients, you can test every option in lifelike context to ensure you’ll land on the right version together, allowing for co-creation and reduced design cycles.
VR/AR allows you to curate full-sensory presentations that speak to every learning style, winning new clients and racing projects forward for full-team approval.
What’s next? The first step is considering what type of platform makes the most sense for your team’s immersive collaboration. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to get started—with VR headsets costing less than $300 and 1-click integrations to bring your existing work into the metaverse.