vCAD in Action: Increasing Recruitment and Improving Communication

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 University of Maribor attracts students from all over the world who are in search of excellence. In Slovenia and abroad, UM is recognized as a university providing students with an excellent learning experience and producing top graduates. The program for Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture focuses on higher education and research in the fields of civil engineering, traffic, and transportation engineering as well as architecture. The integration of these three fields is important as it encourages and teaches students to think and communicate in diverse ways. This high level of distinction produces equipped alumni who continually look for new opportunities.   

This is exactly how Dr. Jaušovec learned about vCAD. One of the graduate students, Dragana Pantović, heard of the vCAD product through an internet search for 3D visualization. In need of a tool to show a design to an architect in another county, she landed on vCAD because of the simplicity of the process. She passed on the information to Dr. Jaušovec because she believes that students need more exposure to VR, so they can see the potential of VR technologies in the design and build industries. She received a positive response back from Dr. Jaušovec, the same day.  

IMG-2160.jpg[above] vCAD being used in a classroom setting

“The simplicity of transferring objects and transforming them into the vCAD format, along with multi-device compatibility and cloud-based platform are all reasons vCAD intrigued me.”
-Dr. Marko Jaušovec, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture at the University of Maribor  

He was intrigued by vCAD because of its simplicity. The conversion process from a variety of CAD programs into vCAD was delightfully simple. vCAD is a cloud-based platform, so zero downloads are required to use the product. No extra conversions were needed since vCAD is universally available on both iOS and Android and the website can be reached on any platform. The possibility for the Architect to control the VR experience of the user is a huge asset. There are certain aspects of a project that designers want to make sure clients and stakeholders see- the major selling points.   

IMG_2166.jpg[above] a CAD 3D model is being navigated through- what is seen in the headset can be seen by an audience on the screen

“The possibility for architects to control the VR experience is an extremely appealing feature.”
-Dr. Marko Jaušovec, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture at the University of Maribor 

Currently, the main function of vCAD aids in recruiting new students to the program and is being used by the faculty to promote new visualization techniques. The Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture program gets to show how they are pushing new technologies in order to improve. This gets current students motivated to push boundaries and intrigues new students to attend UM because of their innovation. Students have seen the value in the possibility of a new type of presentation- one that could set them apart from other students when it comes to project reviews and job interviews. Most architecture firms are looking for ways to implement VR in some form, so when hiring new talent, experience with this technology would give them a significant advantage.   

Dr. Jaušovec’s next step is to bring vCAD into his own architectural practice and office. It’s not only important to push institutions but also the field as a whole. This new visualization technique will help architects persuade clients, especially the ones who don’t have good spatial perception. Communication between all stakeholders involved will get much better because of it. Dr. Jaušovec sees it particularly helpful when working online or on international projects.  Gregor_Salobir_FGPA_informativni-96.jpg[above] perspective students touring the facility and seeing how vCAD can be uses in their studies and field of work

“Virtual Reality or Immersive Visualization will help architects persuade clients, especially the ones who don’t have good spatial perception.” 
-Dr. Marko Jaušovec, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture at the University of Maribor 

We at vCAD are excited to see how the Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture program at the University of Maribor and Dr. Jaušovec will continue to push and integrate our product. For more information on how to use vCAD for education purposes, click the button below. We are now offering FREE Professional level subscriptions to all with a “.edu” email!