Once upon a time, clients would work with an architectural team to develop a space plan based on their perceived individual design preferences, cross their fingers, and hope that all goes according to plan. As developments progressed, clients would require adjustments based on viewing the actual results in person. These changes would inevitably result in unforeseen costs and time delays.
These days are no more.
Today, client's have the option to immerse themselves in their future space by visiting a studio equipped with the latest stereoscopic (3D) technology. Thanks to innovative companies like Christie Digital Systems Canada and Reality Cave, clients are able to digitally walk through their future developments. By utilizing a booth, 3D projectors, 3D glasses and a joy stick, clients are able to digitally transfer themselves into their proposed project layout. They can view architectural detail in full scale including elements such as furniture layout, ceiling height, and hallway length. These often overlooked details in the preliminary design process often lead to unforeseen issues further in the life of any real estate project.
Overall, this 3D technology eliminates much of the guessing game clients previously encountered when making development decisions. As clients walk through their new space for the first time, they are able to better understand their investment. They can see what does and doesn't work, they can engage stakeholders, and they can prevent future constructional rework.
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Although this is still an emerging technology, it is another great example of technology acting as a catalyst for positive change in the real estate industry.