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Dr. Marko Jaušovec has been on the faculty for Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture at the University of Maribor since the Architecture Program started in 2007. He has been a part of the team to develop and grow the program since its conception. Dr. Jaušovec continues to push the program in order to keep students ahead of the curve. This is why he has begun to use vCAD to recruit new students and expand the workflow of students already attending the University.
The need to visualize and represent architectural designs has been around forever. Communication between designers and clients has always been an important part of the design process. 2D renderings and drawings have played this role for a long time. Now, new technologies are being integrated into the process in order to not only communicate, but engage clients and customers as well. Read more below about how 3D visualization is aiding the design process.
Images of America works to provide safe and comfortable furnishings for healthcare, corporate and hospitality environments. They supply products that are conscious of production processes and aim to be free of potentially hazardous chemicals. They retro-fit existing hospitals and work with architects and designers to spec their furniture for new construction. Chris Johnson, Director of Visualization at IOA, has been working with vCAD to integrate visualization into their workflow: from showing clients layout possibilities to digital catalog viewing. IOA is looking to push the industry by experimenting with new technologies, not only to remain competitive, but also to better service their customers.
Eli Harris has been with vCAD since the beginning. He is a lead developer and a key player with multiple skill sets to offer. His interest in computer science, as well as business, has played a huge role in the success he has reached while at vCAD. He believes in the product because he knows the ins and outs of the whole conversion process since he helped create it. Learn more about Eli below!
Jerry Thomas is a key player of the vCAD team. He made a large jump from one field to another when joining the team. He has been a great asset! Jerry is a believer in vCAD and also our new product, vHOME. This shows through the daily work he puts into communicating and interacting with different companies. Read more about Jerry below.
For homes or units that are not built yet, Matterport or other 3D scanned image software can't be used. Instead, they have to rely on 2D renderings or actually wait until a unit or home is fully built and staged in order to sell it. With the new product, vHOME, you can sell homes BEFORE they are built- pre-reality! With VR and 3D visualization, clients are able to walk throughout the whole unit- or jump from place to place. All materials, furniture, appliances, etc. can be changed out to show different options that the developers offer!
Fernando Turpin is a Landscape Architecture graduate student at the University of Tennessee, in the College of Architecture and Design. Fernando, or Fern as some call him, found his interest in landscape design in a round about way. All of his past experiences have built the path he is currently on. See how Fern has engaged with vCAD in aid of integrating VR and Visualization into the workflow of the Landscape Architecture faculty at the University of Tennessee!
John Morris is an amazing asset to the vCAD team. He brings insight from his past experience and has the motivation to push this company forward. He sees value in vCAD in many industries and continues to look for new engagement opportunities. He are his thoughts on vCAD. A personal perspective of the vCAD team: everyone is incredibly smart, has kind southern charm, and cares greatly about the product and users. That’s why we believe it’s important for you to know this team and have insight into the people behind the app.
"vCAD is a solution that makes it easy, fast and simple to view and share 3D models of spaces that don't exist yet. I can share them on smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops and virtual reality." -Dan Smigrod
Jacob is a recent college graduate and has been a part of the vCAD team since last May. He has brought many skills to the table and has learned many new things to better the company and the product. Currently he is focusing on CAD building and rendering. Jacob is also a Nike athlete for pole vaulting at UT. We caught up with him to see what he thinks about workign at vCAD and what vCAD has to offer.
Engel & Völkers is one of the world’s leading service companies specialized in the brokerage of premium residential property, commercial real estate, yachts and aircraft. Based in over 700 locations in total, Engel & Völkers offers both private and institutional clients a professionally tailored range of services. Consultancy, sales and leasing form the core competences of the staff of more than 9,000 employees.
This video lays out all the current features of vCAD and what it can do! From a 2D drawing to a freely navigable model vCAD offers clean visualization. Explore models in 3D mode or Virtual Reality. Try out different options easily with the quick uploading process.
As Millennials become the majority of the population, it's becoming increasingly important to respond to the needs and trends of this generation. Not only is this seen in the type of homes Millennials are interested in buying or renting, as written about below, but also in the way they buy or rent a home. What does that process look like for this generation?
Anna Zhilyaeva is an amazing artist who works in a variety of mediums- including Tiltbrush. At the VR Awards this year, she painting a piece, via Tiltbrush, to a musical performance and with a live audience. Anna tried out vCAD with some of her artwork and here are the results!
There are a lot of different types of visualization that can bee used to create a 3D-like experience. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are at the forefront of discussions in all fields and everyone wants it. What must be made clear is the difference between virtual reality experiences and 360 images. While initially these experiences are very similar, the two visualization types are very different.
Owners in many instances need to sell to internal customers. For example, hospitals need to have physician buy-in for surgery rooms, admin offices, patient rooms, etc. VR and 3D Visulaization gives them an opportunity to collaborate and gain agreement prior to build. Thus, they feel valued, post build changes are minimized and multiple teams can be brought together. No need to interpret off of blueprints.
“When we started embracing VR in the design and building process, we began seeing faster project approvals, increased positive client interactions and higher client satisfaction." - Mike Oster, Vice President and CIO at McCarthy
vCAD is a tool that can be used to match the needs of any user. During the design process, there are many ideas and iterations one goes through before reaching the final result. The quick upload and turnaround process allows for immediate changes and edits. vCAD recently worked with Mary Morgan Smith, an Interior Architecture student at the University of Tennessee, to convert her CAD model into a fully navigable experience. With this project, Mary Morgan won the prestigious Brinkmann Scholarship as well as a summer internship with Gensler, one of the largest architecture and design firms in the world. She was asked to present her project, using vCAD, to the Chancellor of the university as well as to attendees at a fundraising exhibition and dinner to represent the College of Architecture and Design. We caught up with Mary Morgan to see what she thought about vCAD.
When it comes to applying VR for Real Estate Developers and Constructors as part of the Design-Build process, the rules of engagement are very different. Over the past year or so there has been a lot of discussion regarding VR and its strengths and weaknesses. In reviewing a large number of these articles we’ve found that either these points of view are speaking very broadly about the VR industry as a whole or very specifically about VR gaming. There are significantly different assumptions when specifically applying VR to a Design and Build workflow.
Our goal is to set you up for success. We aim to provide the tools to share your brilliant designs easily, and in a format that is clear and tangible to any audience. A presentation is a powerful opportunity to share your ideas (all nervousness aside, of course). What makes for a great design presentation? It’s all about visual navigation and collaboration. We broke it down for you.
While the focus at vCAD is on architecture, real estate, engineering, design – any industry that benefits from converting CAD models to VR and 3D experiences – we keep a close eye on how other areas utilize VR and 3D, and are cheering on those that use it for good.
Creating a new aesthetic for a brand is no small task. The ideation is a long process with a lot of contemplation, scrutiny, and edits. Every element of the design has meaning and a message to convey. Each detail is meditated upon, discussed, and revised.
You created an amazing CAD model, (easily) converted it to an immersive experience in virtual reality and 3D fly-through – and now it's time to share with colleagues and clients. Don't worry, vCAD has made that function simple as well.
With vCAD, you have several options to step inside and experience a CAD model. For those who need to access their designs anytime, anywhere, on the go – our mobile app is the best approach. All you need is a smart phone to start exploring.
Previously, we introduced Rachel Hunt – a student of interior architecture and industrial design, and creative director at vCAD since the launch in 2016. This summer she parlayed her experience into an internship at the prestigious SOM design firm in San Francisco.
The vCAD team never sits still. Their goal is to ensure each user has the very best experience with the tool. The latest project on their list: show all the unique ways to fly or walk through your project so you can maximize your experience and interaction. The navigation is so smooth and eye-opening for users exploring designs – on every platform.
At first glance, vCAD may seem like a powerful tool mainly for professional use. We’ve shared many examples of how it elevates designs for industry work, as well as communication with colleagues and clients. But we want to let you in on a hot tip: it’s never too early to start using vCAD. It is an amazing tool for students too.
The Tilt Brush artist community is growing, and we’ve greatly enjoyed seeing the different works by various artists. The fun really begins (for us) when we convert that art via vCAD into an immersive and interactive experience with virtual reality or 3D fly-through.
The team has been on a roll this month, working nonstop to improve the tool based on your feedback. As a result, we have another fantastic functionality update at vCAD: the app now supports even more file types – including ANY SketchUP file!
Most of the time, a quick conversion from a 3D model in vCAD is sufficient to explore a design with 3D fly-through or VR. You can roam around freely and view the model from all vantage points, as though it was already built. But perhaps you are ready to create a more realistic environment for your designs.
There are many tools and apps out there – to the point that it can be hard to know what is what, and what you need. What is the best platform to navigate a design? If you choose to explore VR, what is the best VR app? We aim to help streamline the decision making process and, if the best fit, make the vCAD experience as seamless as possible for you.
This post will be short and sweet, but full of exciting news. The vCAD experience is now available on your iPad with our new app. Now you truly can access the world of 3D and VR from anywhere, at anytime, on any device.
When most people think of ‘virtual reality’ the next thought is often associated with games and gamers. A natural thought process as it’s been a very active and passionate group rallying around VR since the introduction of head mounted displays for gaming in the 1990s. This has magnified in recent years with more headset options and more games for all interests and ages.
This is a friendly PSA to remind users that you do not need a virtual reality headset to immerse yourself in and explore designs with the vCAD app. That’s right, you have a choice in how to step inside and experience a CAD model - as though it was already built.
It’s quite possible that you’ve never heard this term used in a design scenario, professional setting, or perhaps at all. So what does it mean? Pre-reality is the power to see something before it exists, which best describes what vCAD can do for you.
According to founder, Dr. Lee Martin, interactive visualization puts you in control of what you see and the path you take. It’s not a passive experience (such as watching television) as this is your vision and your path of exploration.
The world of a 3D artist is a fascinating and multifaceted one. 3D artists are best known for their work in the video game and movie industries, and can also apply their talents to a wide variety of professional fields.
With so many apps and tools out there, it can be confusing and challenging to select the one best for you. VR for professional use (industries at the front of this adaptation include real estate development and architecture) is a relatively new trajectory. Without trial and error, how do you know what functionality is best suited for your needs?
The barrier to use virtual reality keeps getting lower. Stereotypes are fading (VR is not just for gamers with money to burn) and VR is proving to be an asset across many different industries and interest groups. Ask your architect, real estate, engineering, and artist friends (just to name a few) and they will tell you how virtual reality is making an impact on their field.
The resume of vCAD founder, Dr. Lee Martin, is an impressive one: successful entrepreneur, recipient of many prestigious awards, holder of 20 patents, published author, accomplished academic with several engineering degrees, director of the engineering entrepreneurship program at University of Tennessee, board member, and now founder of vCAD.
vCAD lets you and your clients experience designs before they are built – we call this pre-reality! The experience this tool provides elevates the designer-client relationship by improving understanding, communication, clarity, trust, and transparency (just to name a few). As a result, you reach desired goals and project outcomes more easily and efficiently, and everyone is happier.
Virtual reality is a very engaging and immersive experience - often limited to the person wearing the headset. Not the case with vCAD ScreenShare (formerly spectator mode). This functionality allows users to share what they are viewing with a wider audience. vCAD users can turn their phone into a powerful presentation remote control by broadcasting their mobile view. How is this beneficial?
Those in real estate development know that there are great risks and great rewards in the industry. You have identified an ideal property investment before others, which has its challenges. How do you sell a development that has not yet been built? How do you convince prospective customers to buy from looking at a design only?
A personal perspective of the vCAD team: everyone is incredibly smart, has kind southern charm, and cares greatly about the product and users. That’s why we believe it’s important for you to know this team and have insight into the people behind the app.
“It helps our clients to understand – spatially, exactly what we are trying to accomplish. vCAD really helps them to see right off; it puts them IN the space and it lets them know what feels right and what does not. It gives everyone a better understanding of scale – a feeling for ceiling height and for the general size of the space.” - Benji Armstrong, Johnson Architecture
The tools are in place for professionals to turn their ideas into a tangible, immersive experience. Virtual walkthrough software and 3D interactive walkthrough software allows users to step into designs and move about however they wish. This allows the creators and clients to interact with the many elements of a model to truly see and understand the project.
Virtual Reality can be an amazing, immersive, and interactive 3D experience -- with one unfortunate side effect: motion sickness. 80% of VR users experience these upsetting symptoms (think headaches, nausea, vomiting, instability, and disorientation) and may understandably be deterred from putting that VR headset back on.
As more companies that utilize virtual reality hit the scene, it can be a challenge to understand which one is best for your needs. Rest assured, we are here to help. We have rounded up several services that aid VR users for professional purposes, and broke it down for you below.
VR places a person inside a 3D computer simulated environment, and allows them to explore and interact with that world. Users can experience activities, places and scenarios that don’t exist or are too far away to visit firsthand. The best part? As one explores this new setting, it feels like you are really there! VR technology has advanced considerably to make it feel very convincing for the person immersed in that space.
The vCAD mobile app has been going through some changes recently. Now, it’s officially ready to be called “Coming Soon…”. Look for it on the iPhone App Store and Google Play Store in July 2017. We’ve taken a lot of feedback and worked with a UX team to bring out the best in our app. There are some great new features to tell you about.
All the time, people take something new and push it to its limits, try to do new things with it and create ideas from what already exists. Now that vCAD supports Tiltbrush files, the innovators utilizing Tiltbrush can experience One-Touch Navigation™ which is a free roaming method vs the point-to-point offered by the application.
Today is the Big Game! Entertain guest and kids with unique virtual reality models with vCAD VR! Visit the vCAD VR Gallery and experience 3D models with One-Touch Navigation®. Explore the Collections and experience full volumetric navigation. After that you may feel like you’ve seen it all. Starting at 4pm EST on Super Bowl Sunday, tweet your model requests or direct links @VcadVR with #SBvCADvr and it may be added to a special Super Bowl Collection in the vCAD VR App. We will post a new model once an hour until kickoff and then at the end of each quarter.
vCAD VR would like to be your companion app while you watch frolicking puppies to pass the time before Super Bowl LI. Visit the vCAD VR Gallery and experience 3D models with One-Touch Navigation®. Explore the Collections and experience full volumetric navigation. After that you may feel like you’ve seen it all. Starting at 4pm EST on Super Bowl Sunday, tweet your model requests or direct links @VcadVR with #SBvCADvr and it may be added to a special Super Bowl Collection in the vCAD VR App. We will post a new model once an hour until kickoff and then at the end of each quarter.
Google Tiltbrush has captured the imagination of the creative VR community. Painting in VR has been described as an enchanting experience. For as wonderful of experience creating the art has been, sharing it with non-Vive owners has been difficult. Today, you can watch videos of the art being drawn or you can upload the file to services that enable a point-to-point VR experience, but still environment feels flat and lacks immersion.
vCAD provides a unique opportunity for CAD and BIM software users: the ability to automatically convert the models they create into immersive virtual reality experiences. When talented and well versed architects and design professionals choose vCAD to convert their complex and beautifully made models into VR, the results are extraordinary.
VCAD is bringing the Super Bowl experience to football fans' living rooms with a new VR experience that lets them explore a simulation of the stadium ahead of next month's big game.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--vCAD, a virtual reality startup out of Knoxville, Tenn., is making it possible to tour this year’s Super Bowl LI stadium in virtual reality. Users can walk through the entire stadium, wander onto the field and look down from the rafters. By simply downloading the vCAD app and registering for a free account (no credit card information required), the tour is available on the vCAD Gallery, where hundreds of other CAD projects are free to experience. To create the simulation, vCAD converted a readily available 3D CAD model of Reliant Stadium, currently known as NRG Stadium (the home of the Super Bowl LI).
Avoiding virtual reality motion sickness was a key criteria for the development team. A startup with years of experience in telepresence technology has introduced a new visualization tool for architecture that promises an immersive virtual reality experience without the motion sickness.