IrisVR and The Wild have recently announced their official support for “immersive end-to-end issue tracking.” IrisVR’s flagship software called Prospect now allows for a full-cycle coordination workflow for building teams working with BIM models in Revit and Navisworks.
The Wild acquired rival IrisVR in February of 2021 and has been apparently been in deep development on adding this critical new capability. This ensures that AEC industry professionals can do more than just conduct “design reviews” in VR but also immersively track any issues that may emerge.
Human-Scale Issue Tracking
It means AEC pros can discover flaws in building designs or construction sequence plans while in an immersive VR session in Prospect, then flag and communicate that issue and track that issue over time all within Prospect. Issues tracked can also be exported into a range of file types, including the Open BIM format BIM Collaborative Format (BCF) that connects with issue tracking workflows like BIMcollab, Revizto, and Trimble Connect.
IrisVR says tracking issues at a human-scale in VR is critical for snagging design issues and reducing costly RFIs (requests for information) before construction even begins. Prior to the global pandemic, engineering and construction teams could gather around a conference table to review and resolve such building issues. Now with the majority of AEC pros still working remotely, VR makes it possible to capture issues, feedback, and decisions in one centralized place.
Michael Black, a BIM Coordinator at SNC Lavalin, says that “using Prospect has significantly improved the quality of our interdisciplinary coordination and early issue detection identification between design, construction, and maintenance.”
IFC and Software Updates
With this latest release of Prospect, there is new compatibility with Autodesk Navisworks 2022, Autodesk Revit 2022, and Trimble SketchUp 2021. Additionally, there are new IFC improvements that lead to faster IFC import processing times.
And IFC files now have the option to be updated within Prospect and they can maintain issues and markups even as the source file progresses. Additionally, there is support for Rhino 7 format.
New VR Headsets
The AECO industry is also benefitting from an explosion of lighter and more accessible VR hardware. New units include the Oculus Quest 2, the HP Reverb G2, and the Pico Neo 3. With the rapid growth rate and progress of affordable and wireless devices, AEC professionals are increasingly moving towards VR headsets as part of their typical IT equipment.
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