If you scout the Internet, it is hard for you to escape seeing articles, discussions, and arguments about just the future of technology and a daring new universe referred to simply as the “metaverse.” If you spend even a bit of your time on social media, you would know that the metaverse redefines almost every activity that people presently participate in.
The metaverse will be important for at least half a billion people in 2040 because it is already important for several billion. Big names like Facebook, Nvidia, Sony, and Microsoft heavily invest in this emerging technology and are already on their way to transform their businesses into Metaverse enterprises in the coming years. According to Bloomberg, the Metaverse’s economic projections could reach 800 billion by 2025 and 2.5 trillion by 2030. Simply put, the Metaverse appears to be the future universe.
This article is a part of the series of articles focused towards use cases of metaverse.
- Why Metaverse Matters To The Businesses?
- Use Cases of Metaverse : Gaming
- Use Cases of Metaverse: Entertainment & Social Media
- Use Cases of Metaverse: Fitness
- Use Cases of Metaverse: Education
- Use Cases of Metaverse : Corporates
- Use Cases of Metaverse: Automotive
- Use Cases of Metaverse: Design, Architecture & Engineering (this article)
- Use Cases of Metaverse: Travel, Hospitality & Tourism
- Use Cases of Metaverse: Real Estate & Construction
- Use Cases of Metaverse: Fashion & Apparel
- Use Cases of Metaverse: Medical & Health
- Use Cases of Metaverse: Banking & Finance
Imagine that you are walking inside the Roman Colosseum in 75 A.D. and can explore every brick of the structure and design consistencies that took nine years to build and still partly stands in the centre of Rome. But, you are not in Italy.
Instead, you are sitting in a garden at Hyde Park wearing Oculus goggles. This is the perfect example of the experience that mixed reality (virtual reality and augmented reality) or the metaverse can offer. For architects, this technology is nothing less than a game changer.
How Does the Metaverse Help the Designers & Engineers?
The metaverse is nearly a fully formed idea, hence its use cases are still being explored. Engineers and designers who are aware of the future prospects have already participated from the beginning and have played a key role in creating the apps and programs that the industry may use extensively in the coming days.
Not to miss is the fact that VR and AR both have become considerably more popular despite the fact that the technology hasn’t been extensively used in workplace environments. So, how exactly does metaverse help the engineers and designers specifically?
1. Foster Collaboration & Coordination
The metaverse plays a key role in helping engineers, designers, and architects to cooperate. AR and VR helped the employees move from office-based employment during the epidemic. They allowed engineers to interact with customers, offer them immersive experiences in terms of exhibiting models remotely, and avoid travel. Needless to say that VR collaboration is better than a video conference.
One of the major developments was initiated by The Wild and IrisVR when they created a software platform for the Meta headset.
Working from home was daunting for designers and engineers as they usually like to roll up their sleeves and sketch, flow across the paper, use various pens, and then iterate on computers. And in remote working, they couldn’t hear, see, or take visual signals from each other. And being unable to hear people’s voices, see their expressions, and visualize things together made the work cumbersome.
The Wild has come across as a platform that promotes a content-rich environment. It has allowed the users to use the model as a replica or crawl inside it, in fact also “throw ideas on the wall” like in a charrette, reply visually, and hear each other agree or disagree.
2. Effective & Complete Prototyping
How would you feel holding a new product, structure, or bridge in your fingertips without investing the time, resources, or materials in producing a real replica? Well, don’t imagine anymore as the metaverse is gradually making it a reality.
Working through all the design process for it becomes much simpler, all thanks to metaverse.
Volkswagen, a very renowned automotive brand, used just virtual prototypes to develop the Nivus, a compact SUV marketed in Latin America. The design team was not just able to operate securely, prototype more rapidly but also finish the project in under a year while reducing costs without compromising quality.
3. Coordinating BIM effectively
Simply put, BIM (Building Information Modeling) is an extensive improvement over traditional CAD (Computer-aided Design) techniques.
While powerful digital twins accurately represent actual assets and add a staggering amount of detail, VR goes one step ahead.
In this area of the VR environment, the construction and engineering sectors are the busiest. Digital twins are indeed the most anticipated next stage in the growth of the CAD plan and provide a way to create a more thorough representation of existing bridges, structures, and even cityscapes.
Several leading companies digital twin apps including Bentley Systems, Unity Software, and Cupix, Hyundai and Unity collaborated to create a virtual model of a significant auto facility.
The digital twin technology by Bentley not only expedited the process of inspection, maintenance, but also facilitated quick repairs of huge, complicated bridges. On the other side, Cupix is using its technology to deploy on building sites to track job progress, update BIM models, and monitor real-time progress.
4. Giving that ‘finishing’ touch
With the help of metaverse, you can offer your customers several building finishing alternatives, such as architectural treatments, glass kinds, and facade designs. It helps provide customers a precise idea of how the project will look after it is done and helps them understand how the final result will look and how exactly it will match their vision without incurring expensive rework, delays, or change orders.
Matterport is one of the leading brands that operates in the field of digital twins. The aesthetic appeal and abundance of its tools are well known for building immersive experiences that can be used by real estate brokers, photographers, event organisers, and homeowners to depict how a space will appear after a project is complete.
5. Displaying Design & Ideas
A PowerPoint presentation stands no chance in front of virtual reality. An immersive virtual presentation places spectators in the epicentre of the design ideas and visuals. When you use VR technology in presentations, it’s impossible to take your eyes off the designs.
Design Brands That Are Already A Part of The Virtual World
1. Zaha Hadid Architects
The recent collaboration of Zaha Hadid Architects with PUBG Mobile has led to the creation of a virtual environment where players worldwide can experience an interactive entertainment experience.
It is a virtual realm where up to 100 individuals defeat other players in an aesthetically and technically rich battleground.
ILLUSORRis a design-oriented metaverse that combines the physical and virtual worlds to curate original environments and immersive experiences.
It aims to redefine the once fragmented virtual reality business as an all-in-one platform that provides corporations, creatives, and individuals with a completely immersive metaverse experience.
3. Decentraland Architects
Founded in March 2021, Decentraland Architects is a blockchain virtual world that provides 3D design and architecture for customers to build and develop professional virtual real estate. It allows the users to use in-game cryptocurrency Mana to buy parcels and plots of land and spend their time in an immersive environment.
Putting all the points into consideration, how we imagine our future home, shop or any other location in the metaverse, depends mostly on how well the spaces are designed. Therefore, it looks like architects, engineers and designers are going to be at the forefront of the metaverse by providing highly desirable space qualities for millions of users.
When it comes to the metaverse, the world knows that it is only going to grow and become a part of our daily lives very soon – with design, architecture and engineering being its integral part. And it is very clear that the engineers and designers can employ VR and AR to amplify workflows, collaboration, coordination, communication, client service, and product creation.
Engineers who quickly learn and adapt virtual reality as well as technology surrounding it are definitely going to be the industry leaders. As with every new technology, there will still be a lot of impediments that the metaverse will have to cross before engineers can utilise it daily. However, they should be very careful of its potential and begin taking tiny measures to incorporate it into their work settings.
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