How does a Virtual Construction Site Visit work?The basic principles of creating a Virtual Walkthrough are pretty straightforward. You can organize the workflow in the following steps:
- Technicians will conduct a walkthrough of the site. They are informed about the important points to capture.
- Technician will record a foreman or project manager speaking about the progress at the site. This is based on the clients requirement.
- The technician prepares the site for image capture. Set up lights, open up doors, remove clutter.
- Capture still images using a 360 degree camera ensuring good coverage of the job site from various angles
The benefits of a Virtual Construction Site TourTo be clear, Virtual Walkthroughs existed before the COVID-19 era. They are a commonly used tool in the real estate industry, and have been for quite some time. The construction industry has started to see the benefits of this technology as more teams are working remotely and site visits are increasingly difficult. The benefits include the following:
- This approach can help construction firms monitor project progress by recording the site on a periodic basis.
- Reducing visits to job sites provides a clear benefit to minimizing the risk of virus exposure.
- The users can replay the virtual construction site tour as many times as they wish and zoom in on specific areas.
- Virtual Construction Site Tour allows for better bid walks, job walks, and other meetings virtually, taking pressure off of the need to social distance.
What a Virtual Walkthrough is notPeople regularly confuse concepts like virtual reality tours with Virtual Walkthrough Technology. It is important to shed some light on the thin lines between the two concepts. Virtual reality is a graphically produced vision that emulates and augments reality. So, a tour of a building that does not exist, is typically virtual reality. Companies use 3D representations, on the other hand, to offer its users a realistic view of what is planned. The virtual construction site tour shows you the real jobsite as it is. It simulates the feeling of actually walking through the brick and mortar site, and the images represents a real space.
Features of an excellent Virtual WalkthroughThere is still little-to-no standard protocol for virtual walkthroughs. People can go so far as to call a slide show a virtual walkthrough. However, a good Virtual Walkthrough offers viewers a 360-degree view of the job site. Viewers should ideally be able to toggle between 2D photos of the property and a 3D experience of the site. The online portal lets viewers swipe on their mobile screens or click and drag their mouse to view different parts of the property. An excellent virtual walkthrough takes many elements into consideration. In order to create a state-of-the-art simulation, the technicians use a combination of daylight and artificial lights to ensure maximum visibility, while also achieving an aesthetic sophistication. In case of indoor sites, setting up lighting that highlights darker areas allows for a better viewer experience. The users should be able to pause the presentation wherever they want, look at certain parts of the property closely, and even take an image as if they were at the location. Essel’s Virtual Walkthrough technology covers all these bases. Our team is excited to add Virtual Walkthroughs to our wide range of services. Reach out to us at 1-800-595-7616 or check out our site at www.esseltek.com for more information.