Virtual Reality

The use of Virtual Reality (VR) technology during the design, engineering and construction phases is quickly becoming the biggest trend in the built space today.

WSP is increasingly leveraging the latest in immersed technology solutions such as Virtual Reality (VR), to optimise project delivery by breaking down communication barriers between design, engineering and construction. It allows us to create an information rich virtual 3D model of a project to be experienced by clients and stakeholders before ground is broken.

VR allows you to jump straight into a project to experience the layout of the building, the land and surrounding areas in a virtual environment. Design elements and attributes can be modified or changed in real-time before they become a major consideration or cost during construction. As such, VR eliminates conflicts between design, engineering and construction before building starts. This can significantly reduce the risk of building things incorrectly and save time on disputes – thereby driving operational efficiency throughout the construction process. 


Endless Possibilities

Continued advances in design technology and immersed VR are shifting the limits on the size of building projects that can be modelled at any one time. For instance, it is possible to generate virtual models of entire cities, up to 100km2 and with more than 100,000 buildings. These city size models can include high fidelity 3D terrain models with aerial photography, roads, railways, bridges, services, structures, buildings and landmarks – whether existing or new – for the proposed development zone. This all makes it possible to see a full 3D rendering of an entire city before it comes to life.

VR allows you to take a walk around a park, test the traffic routes or look at the view from a window on one of the top floors of a high-rise building. With increased gamification adoption in Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) and Augmented Reality (AR) solutions, immersed VR solutions are making a huge difference to our clients’ projects – both in terms of time and costs.

When combined with other visualisation solutions, VR delivers incredible savings.