Virtual Reality Applications in Architecture: Bill of Quantities & Virtual Reality

Jordan Davidson, John Fowler, Charalampos Pantazis, Massimo Sannino, Jordan Walker, Farzad Pour Rahimian

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As time goes on and building practices change, procedures that at one point seemed indispensable can fall by the wayside. One such example is the bill of quantities (B/Q). Research into recent literature attributes this decline in use to a multitude of reasons such as its complexity and potentially drawn-out time to produce, non-traditional procurement systems growing in popularity and the challenge of using its information in a construction schedule. With these issues in mind, a combined process of BIM, Virtual Reality and including the client in the design process has been proposed as a potential solution. Following a literature review and precedent study, an experiment was carried out using this new process to simulate a client's design decisions on window and interior furnishings specifically. Their choices made using Virtual Reality automatically updated a B/Q Revit Schedule and allowed the client to have a firm grasp on the project costs. Not only did this process give the client more confidence in a pleasing final outcome, but the technology ensured an up-to-date, accurate and easily understood B/Q. Here lies great potential savings in cost, time and gives the B/Q a newfound importance in future construction processes.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2018
EventCreative Construction Conference 2018 - Radisson Blu Plaza, Ljublana, Slovenia
Duration: 30 Jun 20183 Jul 2018


ConferenceCreative Construction Conference 2018
Abbreviated titleCCC 2018
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