Virtual reality (VR) isn't always for architects to show off their pretty designs! Viewing mechanical and electrical rooms before they’re constructed, and before equipment is purchased, is important from a constructability standpoint. Just because something fits in a space, doesn't mean the design works. Having a contractor, operations manager, or client walk-through and experience the space well before construction can help clarify the design intent. They can give insight on design “flaws” and layout preferences, which will help the designer to produce an efficient and clean design. This class will showcase case studies in which a design team at MCW Consultants Ltd. used VR to enhance and validate their design intent in a number of mechanical spaces. This session features Revit MEP. AIA Approved
- Understand possible uses for VR in MEP applications
- Understand why VR can be a powerful tool for designers and engineers
- Understand the workflow used for optimal VR and general presentation of the intended spaces
- Learn which software and hardware worked for the team at MCW Consultants
Denis Hebert is a building systems design technologist and BIM lead for the MCW Consultants Atlantic Canada offices. He is part of a team that is responsible for developing and implementing company-wide BIM standards and training procedures. He also assists in developing new and innovative ways to use and push the boundaries of BIM. Mr. Hebert has been involved in the engineering and construction industry for almost 10 years and in that time has been working alongside engineers to develop unique and creative design solutions to mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
Laura-Lee Moran is an associate and the national manager of Building Information Modeling (BIM) services at MCW Consultants in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She leads a team that's spread across the country, responsible for developing and implementing company-wide BIM standards and training procedures. She plays a key role in developing project workflows and strategies for coordinating with other MCW offices and outside consultants. She has written custom manuals and hosted training sessions for MCW staff that have led the company to become a leader in BIM. With a Bachelor of Architectural Science degree from Ryerson University, Moran brings a unique and creative quality to the MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) side of the industry, always looking for new ways to improve design efficiency on the engineering side, while keeping a clean and quality model for the architect and client.