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Top software for Virtual Reality in architecture

We often get the impression that VR technology, which has been much deliberated in the past few years, has yet to become an accessible, useful and practical product in our everyday lives. However, there is an industry, with the permission of the video gaming sector, where virtual reality has broken new ground. We’re talking about the field of architecture, engineering and construction (the AEC industry), in which virtual reality technology has become a hugely powerful tool for developing, experimenting and communicating projects. It has never been so easy for an architect to present their creations or for a client to visualise them.

There are several reasons behind the incorporation of this technology into the workflow in architecture, such as the drop in the prices of VR devices. However, this breakthrough chiefly stems from the significant increase in terms of output and graphic quality of virtual reality software. So, let’s take a look at the most famous tools.

Unreal Engine

This platform is one of the jewels in the virtual reality crown in the realm of architecture. Originally conceived for video game creation, its lighting and extremely photorealistic graphics have led to the arch viz industry ranking it the best tool around. This software allows architects and engineers to virtually design and build their creations using a powerful set of tools and functionalities. The result is a hugely realistic and fully immersive experience.

Unity

Once again, a video game engine has wowed architects and artists when it comes to architectural visualisation. With years of experience under their belts, the developers of the latest versions of this software have made a quantum leap in the quality of their productions. This powerful tool boasts huge flexibility when importing 3D projects generated in CAD and BIM, which greatly streamlines the workflow. Just like its most direct competitor, Unreal Engine, it can be programmed to create custom interactivities within the virtual environment, which is a giant advantage over other simpler software packages.

Twinmotion

This tool combines an intuitive icon-driven interface with the all the power of Unreal Engine. Architecture, urban planning and landscaping professionals can use their BIM or CAD models to create VR experiences with an impressive appearance in very short times. Without a shadow of doubt, the ease of learning and usability is the strong point of this application, delivering professional results with little prior knowledge.

Enscape

Enscape is a real-time VR plugin for various programs used in architecture, such as Revit, SketchUp, ArchiCAD, Rhino and Vectorworks. This allows users to combine design and visualisation without switching software. Thanks to its super-fast rendering times, Endscape accelerates workflows to lightning speeds while delivering great results. Like Twinmotion, it’s designed to be used easily and with hardly any learning.

And there we have the most important software tools for the creation of virtual reality applied to the architecture industry. Head over to our website to see some real examples of everything you can achieve.

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