Igloo Vision makes it easier for more AEC companies to benefit from immersive visualisations

 

Igloo Vision, which creates immersive 360° projection environments, has launched several new updates to its visualisation software suite. The company works with a wide range of architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) clients, who use Igloo shared VR solutions for applications like client presentations, collaborative design reviews, stakeholder engagement, and immersive marketing suites.


 
To integrate with the tools used by the AEC sector, Igloo Vision has created a complete visualisation software suite. And, based on client demand, several new developments have now been launched.


 
For example, Igloo Mapping is an entirely new capability, which enables clients to view geospatial and mapping data in an immersive 360° environment. This is compatible with industry-standard tools such as Esri ArcGIS, as well as Google Earth and Google Street View. It was developed in partnership with several existing infrastructure clients, who are using it to help manage, maintain and upgrade their networks, brief construction teams, and reduce the need for site visits to faraway locations.


 
Meanwhile, Igloo has also achieved compatibility with Autodesk NavisworksHoloBuilder and Synchro. They join a long list of industry-standard visualisation tools that can be fully integrated with Igloo systems, including SolibriSpherevision and Revizto.


 
“The fact that the Igloo platform is content agnostic is one of its biggest benefits,” says Head of Business Development Jake Rowland. “This means that clients can use the tools that they already use, with no integration or learning hurdles.”


 
In order to achieve full integration, Igloo uses a technique called simultaneous multi-projection (SMP). In effect, a virtual 360° camera rig is dropped into any Igloo-integrated software, and this enables the Igloo playback system to capture all of its dimensions. By contrast, some other immersive display providers use a technique called ‘desktop warping’, which means that they only capture flat 2D content and then wrap it around a curved screen. As a consequence, they aren’t able to display a true visual representation of the 3D data.

 

The new functionality will be demonstrated at a range of upcoming AEC trade shows:  Digital Construction Week, 18-19 October 2017; London Build, 25-26 October 2017; and Construction News Summit, 21-22 November 2017.
 
Peter Halliday, The BIM Hub, October 2017.