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Virtual reality services and hardware for architects and engineers

Features | March 1, 2014 | By:

PocketCake is working with some of the nation’s top architectural and engineering companies, converting its 3D models into stunning virtual reality simulations using the Oculus Rift.

PocketCake’s simulations offer first-person interaction from the comfort of a laptop. Instead of an abstract blueprint process, a virtual reality simulation ensures concepts look exactly as they are envisioned. For a price that’s comparable to traditional architectural illustrations, a prospective client can have an immersive 3D experience in which they inhabit real space, walking wherever they like.

BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology, once a rarity in the architectural industry, is now mainstream as a majority of buildings are crafted digitally. Virtual reality is the next logical step for BIM. PocketCake can also convert point cloud data into a mesh that’s usable in a virtual reality environment.

PocketCake is currently developing a proprietary product called VRSCA (Virtual Reality Simulation Converter Assembly), which will allow architects and engineers to easily navigate up to four people through a virtual space at the same time and host up to 32 viewers remotely. Founded in November 2012, the company specializes in virtual reality simulations and custom mobile app development.

Building Systems Design has offered innovative software tools for the architecture, architectural engineering, and construction markets since 1983. The company creates and supports advanced cost estimating, specification writing, and interoperability products. BSD was acquired by The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) in 2010.

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