Virtual Reality (VR) has become a wildly popular tool for not only the presentation of a project but also the process of designing a space. The use of this tool can help us overcome one of the largest challenges as designers – convincing the client that our 2D representations will feel the same when constructed in reality. VR allows the user to gain a sense of scale and space that a drawing simply cannot.
In this webinar, Carleton Immersive Media Studio researchers Joshua Chartrand and Julia Laninga will detail the process of bringing a Building Information Model (BIM) into Unreal Engine for use in a Virtual Reality headset. Using the Canadian Senate Foyer as a case study, they will first show how to convert the model into an Unreal asset using a commercial plugin, Datasmith. Next, they will demonstrate the problems that can occur when bringing Revit-based geometry into a game engine. Afterward, they will share a simple workflow on how to clean up a mesh in a 3D modeling software. Finally, they will compare the results between an untouched mesh and an optimized mesh in a Virtual Reality headset.
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