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 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.'
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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CADwalk allows clients to understand plans and space in a new and exciting way by using the latest in advanced visualisation technologies to create an interactive, life-size design experience.