New kid on the block
Augmented reality has come a long way since we first started using it. The new kid on the block that is due to have a big impact in this space is building information modelling. Traditional building design is largely reliant upon 2D technical drawings, such as plans, elevations, sections etc. Building information modelling extends this beyond 3D, augmenting the three primary spatial dimensions of width, height and depth with time as the fourth dimension (4D) and cost as the fifth (5D). So building information modelling covers more than just geometry. It also covers spatial relationships, light analysis, geographic information, and quantities and properties of building components. In layman’s terms, we’re now able to add virtual furniture into digital floorplans and even change the colour of walls.
How many buyers go through the process of trying to visualise what furniture will fit where? How many request post-sale inspections so they can re-measure to determine whether their king size bed will fit in the master bedroom? Being able to add generic furniture into a 3D floorplan is set to be a genuine game changer.
Bigger, better, faster
Augmented reality is definitely starting to come of age and the growing dependency on technology calls for bigger, better, faster, more efficient and visually exciting ways for consumers to access information about property. In recent times there’s been a lot written about digital disruption, but I believe technology should complement what we do, not replace what we do. I, for one, am very excited about what the future holds for our industry.