Virtual Reality & Live Virtual Modeling Improves Decision Making

We continue to embrace implementation on new technologies into our design process for both efficiencies and a better design. For over 10 years, RDG has been leveraging the power of Revit, SketchUp, Rhino and most recently virtual reality (VR) tools to enable our clients, designers, engineers, and end-users to take a “virtual walk-through” of their proposed building, space or outdoor environments from the 3D model as design progresses and before construction begins.

Creating meaning is about listening. Listen. Listening inspires. Listening connects. Listening creates a product that is reflective of our client’s vision and mission.

— Mike Houston, Architectural Designer

The power and awe of Virtual Reality (VR) is changing the way our clients interact with us as designers, experience the overall design process, and their projects. Clients, sometimes, can have difficulty understanding scale and spatial relationships when reviewing 2D floorplans or 3D models. But, by using a virtual reality headset they are transported into a digital experience of the space that doesn’t just seem physical, but “feels” physical.  

“Virtual reality systems are a way for us to get people excited about a project by engaging them in some fun and thought provoking exercises.”

— Jay Weingarten, Architectural Designer

“The VR experience provided by RDG was an impressive tool. I was able to see things in our renovation designs that I haven’t before, even though I’ve reviewed our plans many times. The feeling of getting inside our facility made the spaces truly come to life . . . This tool will help us design a better facility and create better spaces for our students and members. I can’t wait to experience it again!”

— Mike Widen, Director, University of Michigan

It’s all about the process…

A critical part of the process in creating this vision is the use of virtual reality, and developing virtual models live with users. Initially fuzzy or loose ideas can be conveyed through conversations, drawings, and writing, then virtual reality can make it more concrete, by showing direct implications of an idea. Manipulating a virtual model in a live setting gives users immediate feedback about a potential design concept.  These techniques bring clarity to complex thoughts and add a level of efficiency to the decision-making process.  

The use of virtual reality has given our clients the ability to make better, smarter, and faster decisions in an industry that continues to grow at a rapid pace. RDG’s use of this technology in a live setting allows ideas to surface and conclusions to be made that may have otherwise been lost in a traditional meeting.

— Eric Winkler, Architectural Designer
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