Virtual Design- A Paradigm Shift
With the pandemic showing the way to a new ‘normal’, designers are looking for a shift in approach from the traditional brick and mortar design. Rakhee Bedi, Founding Principal, RSDA
Innovations are contextual to an existing situation. They can be in the form of enhancing to redesign of an existing intervention, approach, or program to the changing of conditions, therefore leading to the generation of new knowledge. Across the globe, businesses are experiencing a paradigm shift. Most stores are moving from just brick-and-mortar presence to more virtual set-ups with online meetings, sales, and virtual launches becoming the way forward.
As we navigate the unknown and slowly prepare for the phased opening of the lockdown, retailer’s designers can lean in on learning from the fast and dynamic changes grocers have made to impact efficiencies and create environments that increase safety for the customers they serve. It is also a time to think “outside the traditional four-walled box.” Some solutions may be shorter-term band-aids, but many will define long-lasting modifications in design and its approach.
Virtual Design and Construction can be used by construction companies to demonstrate the organizational and collaborative skills essential to complete the project. Engineers and architects can work together to create a visual model for the project presentation; this technology helps designers and project managers estimate, coordinate, plan, and build the project virtually, long before construction begins. Everyone in the team, including the clients, can get a clear picture of the project and understand the best way to proceed with construction, budgeting, scheduling, logistics, and safety. Everything gets organized better when one knows what to expect.
The human race is known to adapt to changes in the best and quickest possible manner. Virtual Design and Construction is an entirely new way of thinking, with a new-age approach to conducting the project, managing information, and organizing people and their working methods to achieve project objectives to a greater extent. It also discusses how to cooperate in different disciplines, how to communicate, plan, and make decisions.
Virtual Design and Construction has many benefits when utilized carefully, especially in saving time and money. When the flow of construction is detailed, it can also help to check the precision and safety standards. By creating a collaborative design effort, multiple specialists can contribute virtually by adding in all details pertinent to the project. If carried out well, the final result can highlight everyone’s best efforts. Moreover, detailed 3D models with an accurate costing estimate and construction schedule may lead to winning more projects. With the pandemic changing the way people work, Virtual Design and Construction might be the next big thing.