Created by: IrisVR, Inc.
Available on: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Viewing System: Oculus Rift
Prospect is a software for immersive architectural design review and collaboration in virtual reality. It is used by BIM and VDC teams, design firms, and engineers who coordinate 3D models and implement design and construction processes. Because Prospect integrates with Revit, Rhino, Navisworks, SketchUp, and other 3D tools out of the box, users can instantly create an immersive VR experience that allows them to present to clients and work more effectively with teams.
It is a professional product especially tailored for architectural designers, civil engineers and other stakeholders who have some familiarities with Building Information Modeling tools, such as Autodesk Revit (also the demo file I chose to try it on). The user interface is handy and self-explained, as it is inherited from Revit a lot, I only spend a few minutes to get on board.
Some highlight features I want to share:
In the “scale model” mode, users are able to “zoom in” the model by pressing the back triggers on both controllers, and dragging them on separated directions which is perfected aligned with the pinch gesture on traditional 2D platform. In “model interaction” tab, users are allowed to set section of the building at whatever place they want. Besides, they can easily rotate and move the section plane by one controller which is not so convenient compared to desktop Revit. At the same time, users can switch to the “layer” so that they can turn on or off necessary layers to have a more clear inspection and design review.
In the “markup” tools, users can make annotations inside the 3D model by sketching out the place they think might have problems. This feature makes the review process in multidisciplinary team more efficient and straightforward. Compared to the traditional design and developing phases, designers and engineers collaborate and coordinate on 2D drawings. It is not so intuitive to discover 3D problems on 2D platform. Rather, in Prospect, by inviting stakeholders walking inside the “building” and inspect problems together in real size building, it highly reduces the price and time paid for multidisciplinary communication and negotiation.
Not only does Prospect cover most of the key functions in traditional modeling tools, it brings up a variety of immersive collaboration tools, trying to keep everyone on the same page. There are “multi user meeting in VR” and “no headset mode” so that stakeholders with or without headsets are able to discuss and collaborate in immersive environment equally.
Overall, I think this is a great product that integrating building industry and VR technology. Also, it responses to the pain point of “inspecting 3D problems in 2D environment” in current building industry in a creative way.