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35% of Architects Now Use Immersive VR Technology

A new report from Microsoft and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) highlights the benefits and difficulties of the leading-edge technologies that are transforming the way that architects design.

The report, titled ‘Digital Transformation in Architecture,’ uses the opinions of over 300 construction industry professionals to delve into the current technological trends in the construction industry. Primary findings include:

  • 35% of architects use at least one type of virtual, augmented, or mixed reality, with several intending to increase their use of architecture VR and other immersive technologies soon.
  • 79% say that project efficiencies improve by the adopting of digital technologies.

The report goes into detail on how BIM and other digital work solutions are improving both efficiency and productivity at architectural practices and construction projects. Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies are credited with improving the client experience and sustaining collaboration within organisations and across projects.

The report concludes that the adoption of new architecture VR technologies can improve how companies work and what they deliver.

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Lucy Carmichael, Director of Practice at RIBA, said that architects are in a unique position to meet the challenges ushered in by digital change. Adopting transformative technology was not only about increasing efficiency and productivity. The goal was also to facilitate ongoing improvement in projects, creating buildings capable of meeting current and future challenges as well as creating a positive impact on occupants, the surrounding community, and the environment.

Ms. Carmichael stated that use of digital technology promises to have a beneficial effect on new buildings and the next stage of digital transformation will create exciting new opportunities for architectural practices.”

Microsoft UK Surface Product Manager Ben Highfield added that the UK has been a forerunner in the digital design process, and architecture VR technologies like Mixed Reality and BIM are already helping firms across the nation change the way they work. However, the digital transformation of the architecture sector in Britain still has a long way to go.

Mr. Highfield said that to prosper in a digital future, architectural firms must keeping providing employees with the direction and skills they need to succeed. Successful adoption and use of this culture of digital transformation will help these practices both thrive and create buildings with a definite benefit to the surrounding communities.

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