Architosh has recently profiled the great work of Mac-based AEC visualization firm, SPACIALISTS, whose workflow uniquely is tooled ingesting BIM models from architect clients and pushing out more flexible final visualization options because of their ARCHICAD to Unreal Engine pipeline.
Now the company is offering to teach its working methods, which will be useful for ARCHICAD users who actually want to get much more comfortable with the Unreal Engine environment as well.
ARCHICAD to Unreal Engine
SPACIALISTS’ unique course is workflow instruction for taking ARCHICAD users into the virtual reality (VR) world.
SPACIALISTS founder and CEO Philip Oloo states, “Over a year of digging around the Internet and YouTube videos provided very little assistance in preparing our ARCHICAD files for Unreal Engine. With a lot of trial and error, we decided it would serve DIY architects to offer up our experience in ARCHICAD as they are just beginning their journey into VR.”
Unreal Engine, by Epic Games, is a premiere VR development platform. “While discussing our workflow with Unreal Engine enterprise representatives, we discovered that the way we approach building VR is unique. Our ARCHICAD workflow hasn’t been on the radar of programmers at Unreal. Instead, they’ve focused on users in 3DS Max. While 3DS Max is a powerful platform, it’s not native to architects. This is the segment we are trying to reach.”
Although most architectural firms will outsource VR development to skilled practitioners, like the team at SPACIALISTS, there are many who feel they can develop their own Virtual Reality experiences. “We believe there is room for anyone who wants to develop VR, especially architects. Virtual Reality will bring a kind of dimension and design experience that cannot be achieved through BIM programs or traditional 3D rendering. As will share information about this emerging technology we increase exposure to the architectural community and add significant value to our knowledge base. It’s great for all of us when as a collective we are learning and embracing VR.”
For more information or to enroll as an ARCHICAD user, visit: https://spacialists.teachable.com/p/archicadvr/