Virtual reality isn't just for video games anymore. In fact, VR has multiple uses in architecture, engineering, and construction, and as the technology becomes more widely available, AEC professionals are discovering just how impactful VR experiences can be.

Although virtual reality has been around for some time, what's changed for AEC professionals is the availability and refinement of the technology. For example, headset makers like Facebook-owned Oculus and HTC have developed consumer-friendly apparatuses that have opened up a new world of VR capabilities, while other key developments offer significant meaning for those in architecture, engineering, and construction. The role of VR in AEC is now plain to see, whether it's using headsets to immerse stakeholders in a presentation, or to gain a further appreciation for the details and specifics of a particular model in process. Best of all for AEC projects, there's continued room for growth in VR's usability and versatility. In order to get ahead of the curve, you need a VR workstation that can harness the raw power of the technology.

VR & CAD Design

The potential of using VR and CAD applications like Revit or 3ds Max is an enticing one for AEC professionals. With intricate modeling functions and richly textured visuals, the outcomes could be astounding. However, before diving into VR and CAD, you have to understand the optimal workstation configurations needed to support those workflows. CAD software is predominantly single-threaded, meaning core frequency is the primary performance driver. VR, on the other hand, relies on game engine technology that requires high-end graphics capabilities for a seamless experience.

Get the best of both worlds with a BOXX VR workstation like the APEXX S3. Professionally overclocked to 5.1GHz, APEXX S3 can support up to two GPUs and 128GB of memory.

Mobile VR

One obvious use of VR in architecture, engineering, and construction is the process of stakeholder collaboration. When everyone has the same experience using VR, professionals can more easily communicate designs and coordinate their analysis. This also requires you to be on- the-go and in need of a mobile solution capable of handling the demands of VR. GoBOXX MXL VR, equipped with NVIDIA GeForce graphics*, is an ideal solution for this task, while the ultra-light GoBOXX SLM VR couples computing power with an NVIDIA Quadro® P4200 GPU.

GeForce drivers are not certified for CAD. MXL VR is intended for delivering mobile virtual reality experiences.

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