Norwegian software developer Vixel has developed a programme that brings 3D models into virtual reality, making long-distance collaboration more efficient and less resource-intensive.
The tool, called VREX, allows project teams to conduct efficient virtual meetings, collaborating across the world as if they were in the same room. It is particularly useful, says Vixel, for complex engineering and manufacturing projects, where computer-aided design is essential for success.
VREX follows all aspects of the open BIM and STP for collaboration on projects.
Any virtual reality or mixed reality hardware can be used with VREX, including Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality, HTC Vive, and many more.
Users who do not have access to VR equipment are able to participate through traditional computer screens and laptops.
Using VR to combine 3D models with data from complex projects, minimises communication problems across and between companies, reducing risk and cost. The VREX technology enables meeting participants to discuss complicated 3D models directly in front of them, making decision making simpler and more efficient.
Vixel was founded in 2014 and has worked with companies such as EAB-Engineering, COWI, A-Lab and Walt Disney. The global market for computer-aided design in 3D is over US$10bn annually. The market is currently largest in Western Europe and North America, but is expected to grow substantially in east Asia in the coming decade.