Virtual Reality was embedded into the Co-Lab design studio to enhance the Integrated Project Delivery process. It worked as simulator of the designs so the students could get a near reality walk-through of the project. It benefited the architects in visualizing and experiencing aspects of the design such as approach to the site, experience of the terrain, external views, internal volumes, proportions of rooms, approach to the various internal spaces, hallway sizes, and fenestration design. Consequently, it was used by the architectural engineers to understand the integration of the various mechanical systems, lighting design in terms of window placements,
structural integration, etc.
This exercise brought up some larger questions pertaining to the use of Virtual Reality in the industry –
Could Virtual Reality be brought together with Energy Modeling?