Many people find envisioning the floor plan of their new home a daunting experience, but a new technology pioneered exclusively in Western Australia by Gemmill Homes will allow people to walk through a full-sized, interactive virtual layout before their pad is even poured.
Gemmill Homes Group Managing Director Craig Gemmill said the company was excited to be the first builder in Perth to offer CADwalk, a unique, patented technology that allowed people to visualise their floor plan on a one-to-one scale.
Mr Gemmill said many people found settling on their plan a nerve-racking process and this was where CADwalk helped.
“People can find it difficult to read building plans and understand the flow and layout of their home if it is not to scale,” he said.
“Even ‘traditional’ virtual reality can be difficult for someone to understand how their furniture will look in their new home.
“By creating a floor plan that is to scale and putting scaled objects onto the plan, people can appreciate the size of their hallway, the distance from the front door to the main living area or the trip from the garage to the kitchen when carrying their shopping.”
Mr Gemmill said the technology also presented a large benefit for the company.
“As part of the sales process people can see changes they have made to one of our plans and basically confirm it is the house they want to build, which helps expedite the sales process,” he said.
“In the past, clients would continue to wonder if they should have made changes or whether they should have increased or decreased room sizes.
“CADwalk helps eliminate doubts about the design and clients can move forward with the colour and interior selections of their home with an idea of how their home will look once built.”
Gemmill Homes clients Sam Tindall and Amanda Bunschoten said their CADwalk experience was useful and enjoyable.
“You can see how big cupboards and wardrobes are going to be, where your windows sit and how furniture will fit,” Ms Bunschoten said.
“CADwalk made us realise how big our home was going to be, because it does look quite small on a plan.
“It definitely cemented our choice of home design – it made us realise it was a good plan and what we wanted.”
Mr Gemmill said since launching on October 1, numerous clients had experienced CADwalk and every client said the technology was invaluable.
“It helped them visualise their new home and make the necessary changes to ensure their new home suited their living requirements and preferences before a brick is even laid,” he said.
Currently the exclusive new home building partner with CADwalk in Australia, Gemmill Homes is offering the technology as a complimentary service to all its customers, whether they are building a custom or off-the-plan design, until January 1, 2019. After this date a one-hour session costs around $1500 and can be booked directly through CADwalk.
By Maya Anderson, 26 November 2018
Hear from Vince and Vy as they talk about their experiences with CADWalk and the great time they had walking through their new home
Hear from our clients about their experience walking through their floor plan with CADwalk by Gemmill Homes.
Dr Peter Tosetti was building a new medical practice in Dormagen, Germany and had the building visualised in CADwalk to help understand the space and layout. In CADwalk, Dr Tosetti could change the layout instantly to make the movements of doctors and consultants around the building more efficient to save valuable time. Dr Tosetti also had the ability to view the unbuilt environment in virtual reality.
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Fab Marion of Coast Homes invited client Rob Parker to visit CADwalk in Forrestfield for a review of the design plans for Rob's new home. After the session, Rob gave his feedback:
'Thank you for accompanying us through the design with the CADwalk demonstration. Both Nicolle and I found this a very helpful experience and appreciated the opportunity to take the virtual reality tour of the project.We have not been through the design of a home before and we have found it difficult to appreciate the real life dimensions of the plans. The process provided reassurance with respect to the size of the living areas but also allowed us to realise and modify some problem areas in the floor plan. This will hopefully avoid costly corrections later in the course of building.'
Fab concluded by saying:
'This was a great experience for us all and being able to confirm their design works for their requirements. As Rod mentioned, he had a few areas which he was unsure about and CADwalk was able to confirm these areas worked well with some minor tweaks. Such an innovative concept and I can see where this will help a lot of clients with assurance to their home design.'
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'It's an industry first that we're excited to bring to our customers and smoothen the home building process with the help of the latest in room visualisation technology', said Gemmill Homes
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Tom Shopland, CADwalk's European Project Coordinator, will be giving a talk on CADwalk at this year's Digital Construction Week in London. Digital Construction Week is the UK's dedicated event to digital innovation and technologies in the built environment. Tom will be talking at 1pm on the 18th October on the Visualisation Theatre.
This presentation will look at the mix of visual technologies available for allowing teams to visualise unbuilt environments, discussing CADwalk's real world applications of augmented reality, mixed reality and virtual reality to the challenge of spatial design.
A Perth based business that uses augmented reality technology to help customers visualise designs for factories, offices or other products is investing up to $6 million in research after winning a federal grant.
Forrestfield-based Jumbo Vision International (JVI) recieved $1.1 million from the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre last year, a federal government body created to promote research collaboration between Australian businesses and universities.
The business has previous won a federal grant for its technology, securing $1 million in 2015.
JVI will work with the University of South Australia to develop the CADwalk product, which founder Gerhard Kimenkowski told Business News had been used by clients such as Western Power.
'CADwalk is a life-sized visualisation tool where you can walk through your design before its been built', Mr Kimenkowski said.
'CADwalk is a 300 square meter visualisation environment, we project the design onto the floor and we can move virtual objects in the physical space to modify the design.'
'It's what we call a large scale augmented reality system.'
He said the technology did not use glasses, as is the case with much visualisation technology, because CADwalk was designed to facilitate group collaboration.
Mr Kimenkowski said the product shaved considerable time and cost off the design process.
The company's research program is running through its Adelaide office, with the hope being JVI can create visualisation services that work for small and medium-sized enterprises to give them a competitive edge in export markets.
JVI also has an office in Munich, which opened in 2017.
IMCRC managing director David Chuter said the centre expected that funding the product would make new technology more accessible for small local manufacturing businesses.
'They (JVI) could be hugely influential in helping manufacturers be able to plan and visualise what a design can look like, what a factory can look like', he said.
'They're an enabler and a catalyst for others to embrace visual technologies and start to blur the boundaries between the physical world and the digital world.'
'A lot of manufacturers will look at this whole digital revolution and find it very intangible.'
'If you've got an organisation that can help show companies what the real world looks like in a digital world.. you've got a really accelerated pathway for people to adopt a hybrid of the digital and physical world.'
He said JVI's position in export markets gave it credibility.
'They are already getting into the global world,' Mr Chuter said.
'A lot of the research and development and know-how is Australian home grown, but they're prepared to go out and see what else exists in the world, and they're making people sit up.'
'If you set up in Munich, you've got to have something that's leading edge in itself.'
Mr Chuter said there were 12 universities in the cooperative research centre's network, although none so far were from Western Australia.
CADwalk Global's (CWG) visualisation technology has played a key role in supporting the development of Australia’s significant OneSKY Australia Program – the most complex transformation of air traffic management in Australian aviation history.
Airservices needed to validate the layout and design concepts for its new OneSKY civil military air traffic operations rooms, as well as to solve some identified design challenges. Using innovative 3D modelling and virtual reality (VR) technology, CWG was able to help Airservices air traffic controllers visualise and experience the planned OneSKY operations rooms being built in Melbourne and Brisbane. The experience meant staff could provide valuable feedback that was incorporated into the design before plans were signed off.
CWG used leading visualisation technologies to demonstrate a life- size, interactive visualisation of the new workplace during a one day workshop. The team entered the workshop thinking they had only two design challenges but were able to quickly identify at least four more using CADwalk’s advanced visualisation technology. By walking through a realistic visualisation of the design, the team could clearly see the conceptual design and could workshop options to overcome design challenges such as visibility and ensuring key furniture wasn’t missing. With no prior knowledge of CAD required CADwalk’s design technology allowed Airservices to interact with the CAD plans, enabling them to become the designers and optimisers of their own future work space.
For the hundreds of other Airservices staff CWG took the proposed design on tour using VR technology to display the future OneSKY operations rooms in Melbourne and Brisbane. CWG partnered with Kadego to create the “serious game” which over 250 Airservices staff attended. Feedback from the sessions was excellent with participants commenting on how useful and enjoyable the experience was. They were able to see and comment on everything from the colour and finishes of the rooms, to the layout of desks and consoles.
After the workshop and sessions, Airservices was able to hold interactive Q&A session with operators and complete their design with confidence knowing staff were comfortable and had been involved throughout the process. The VR validation tour also led to some exciting new ideas for the future including potentially using the technology for air traffic controller training and simulation exercises.
The next phase of this exciting OneSKY program is in progress with the ATSC program moving into the construction procurement phase.
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