Wondering what programs you are using for virtual reality design?

We have been using a few different ones but they are all very time consuming and detailed - I'm wondering if there is a better option. 

WHO IS USING VR FOR CLIENTS? WHAT DO YOU THINK?!?

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Hello Megan;

Out of curiosity, I looked into this fairly NEW technology....as it applies to Landscape Architectural client presentations,  I'm "old school"....so, this is definitely all NEW to me.

I found a VR google (3D) headset you can purchase for approx. $600.00.  The manufacturer showed a sample 3D photo of a pool area that was designed for a client.  I was very impressed with this VR technology...seems like it's the wave of the future.  I would definitely recommend going with a 3D version of these VR googles.  I would think even small LA firms could afford this technology.

Of course, I feel sure for, say, a pool area design....you would have to create the pool design and have it on your computer....then, upload it to the VR googles.  Then, the client could see the 3D design of the pool area...and see what the pool area would look like (if built).  

Not sure IF this is a time saving type of technology.....as much as it would be a BETTER "marketing tool" to use for your clients.

Just an FYI....another fairly new technological tool that I believe LAs are now beginning to use are DRONES. I have an LA friend who purchased a 36 inch x 36 inch size gasoline powered remote controlled drone.  The drone has a video camera mounted on it.  He uses this drone to get videos of Sites he's about to design as well as to fly over projects.....after they are completed.  He even uses some of the video footage of some of his completed sites to add to his LA Firm's web site.....It really makes for a great presentation for potential clients who go visit his web site.

I'm sure there must be some LAs here on LAND 8 who ARE using VR technology....and they can give you better info. than I have offered here.

Best Regards,

J. Robert (Bob) Wainner

I was wondering about drones recently as well - a neighbor actually has one and does fly-overs of our neighborhood for marketing purposes. They are very cool! 

I have found a few programs online for interior modeling that are very fast and straighforward and thought there HAS to be something like this for the exterior of the building. The program I'm thinking of is Autodesk - Homestyler (although they recently just pulled the free version and I have a feeling they will be releasing a purchasable product). 

We are using a Civil3D for surfaces , retaining walls, as well as path and roads. For Buildings and structures we are using Revit. During modelign process the landscape designer links the revit models  in to Civil 3D (often a simpified version or ADSK model) and the architect links the Civil3D surfacesas toposurface in to Revit. For more For renderings we linking both in to 3DS max Design. From there you can have a life render to Ocolus Rift or HTC View. For more enhanced version we exporting via fbx from 3DS to Unity 3D (or any other gaming software of your choice). You could skip the 3DS steps and using fbx export in Revit and Civil3D or even sketchup to Unity 3D. Ocolus Rif has a good Unity 3D support.

And yes 3D point clouds from LiDAR or photogammatry models are really useful for LA. We did some projects in old querries, where a traditional survey can not provide the necassery detail level. The model was created from pictures from several viewpoints with stationary cameras as well as drones.

Regards
Andreas 

Do you feel like it is time consuming to use Civil3D/3DS? This is what we have been using as well and it just seems too cumbersome for what we are wanting to use it for. 

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