Chat with us, powered by LiveChat
Is Virtual Reality, a “Reality” in the Engineering & Construction Industry?

Is Virtual Reality, a “Reality” in the Engineering & Construction Industry?

Virtual Reality in Construction

Communication is key to any construction project. However, how better can, you communicate a building design than allowing someone to see themselves actually “walk” through a potential building? Certainly BIM has changed the way companies are designing buildings, but is Virtual Reality the next technology?

Virtual Reality is most common in the gaming world, but companies are starting to grasp the technology to use in the commercial industry. Can you imagine how much time and money you can save by engineering a motorcycle without building a physical prototype?

MotorcycleFigure 1 Microsoft HoloLens Video

Now imagine a high-rise urban village like the one Real estate developer Skanska plans to open what it says will be the world’s first holographic real estate leasing center for its 2+U high-rise project in downtown Seattle.

2+U high-riseFigure 2 via @PSBJ

How is this possible? Introducing Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft HoloLens is the first fully untethered, holographic computer, enabling you to interact with high‑definition holograms in your world. “The HoloLens headset will transport users into a fully immersive first-person perspective – as if they were walking through the project – while allowing them to stay visually and emotionally connected to the sales representative in the leasing center,” Studio 216, a digital agency whose Founder Partner Boaz Ashkenazy said in a press release.

Companies like Lowe’s are investing in VR technology like Microsoft HoloLens to help consumers build out a new kitchen in their home.

Lowe's Kitchen DesignFigure 3 Microsoft HoloLens: Build 2016 Keynote

Microsoft HoloLens and Autodesk Fusion 360 are helping improve collaboration across the product development process, enabling engineers and designers to iterate together in real-time.

Autodesk Fusion DesignFigure 4 Microsoft HoloLens: Partner Spotlight with Autodesk Fusion 360

Here is my favorite quote from the Microsoft HoloLens video:

“Because when you change the way you see the world; you can change the world you see.”

Another reason to invest in Microsoft. The technology is here and in my opinion it is just a matter of time as to when it will impact your life. I appreciate any comments and hope you enjoy exploring the virtual realities in the materials I have referenced below.

Recommended Materials:

Microsoft, Skanska give Seattle world’s first holographic leasing center (article)

Microsoft HoloLens (video):

Microsoft HoloLens: Partner Spotlight with Autodesk Fusion 360 (video)

Microsoft Build 2016 Keynote (video):

Finding the Value in a Construction Management System

Finding the Value in a Construction Management System

Many construction professionals wonder if there’s really anything they can do to help their projects run more smoothly and efficiently. To improve communication and information-sharing, to keep everybody on the ball–to trim the fat, so that their whole program of projects functions like a well oiled machine. A profitable machine. Chasing down people and paper is exhausting, and it’s effort poorly spent. If everybody on the team could use one “place” for all project talk and work, then many costly mistakes and delays could be eliminated.

Chaotic WorkflowOne of the biggest challenges is making, and sharing, decisions—wisely and quickly. While somebody’s looking for the latest information, everybody else is waiting. Everybody’s waiting for somebody else, and nobody can move forward with work on the project. But when up-to-date project data is right at the whole team’s fingertips all the time, and being routed automatically to next-in-line decision makers, then critical decisions can be made carefully and quickly. shutterstock_156525005


The Construction Industry Institute estimates that $15 billion is spent annually on rework—often because some project team members are accidentally referring to outdated drawings during builds. It’s a common, and expensive, problem—with an elegant and easy-to-use solution. Version control and change history give everybody a full and clear view of the whole picture. Knowing exactly what has happened helps everybody to collaborate on plans for the future, as an informed team. 

For decades, technology developers have assumed that construction teams would resist adopting new Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, so this segment of professional planners has been underserved—until now. With VPO, construction management is becoming streamlined and sleek, because project information is more than available; it’s being managed proactively.

If timely reviews and approvals of documents are critical to the success of a project, for example, then the process by which those documents are circulated should be standardized and automated—using communication methods, such as e-mail, which are already in everyday use by team members; and document formats which are familiar and intuitive. VPO provides a secure, online workspace that project stakeholders use for viewing and privately publishing up-to-date information, and measuring progress—while streamlining cumbersome processes like Bid Management, RFIs, Change Orders, and Submittals, that commonly diminish success on projects. VPO allows team members to access information on a mobile device as well –keeping everyone connected to the latest information no matter where they are working from.

Office 365 LogoBy leveraging leading Cloud-based solutions from Microsoft’s Office 365 suite like SharePoint Online, Project Online, Exchange Online, Office, and Skype for Business, and combining them with project management expertise and content, VPO packages a scalable project management system that works for small, fast-paced projects as well as for large, complex projects–and for a combination of both. 

VPO logo Small

Construction management teams deploy VPO quickly by using proven content that can be customized and enhanced over time–to develop a system that is truly built for them. And VPO takes a hands-on approach, to support our customers and the people whom they invite into their systems. We help clients focus on what they do best: managing their projects.

Small Businesses Benefit from Office 365

Small Businesses Benefit from Office 365

  • Accessibility from anywhere with an Internet connection
  • Patches and maintenance managed by service providers such as Google and Microsoft
  • Ease of collaborating internally with Office applications now in the Cloud
  • Efficient internal communication with Lync instant message, and video conferencing
  • Flexibility for the business, as owners can pay as you go and add e-mail accounts