How Virtual Reality is Changing the Construction Industry

How Virtual Reality is Changing the Construction Industry

Virtual reality, for many, sounds like something from an old sci-fi movie, not something that’s becoming commonplace in modern-day businesses, but that’s exactly what’s happening and this new way of doing business is taking many industries by storm. Virtual reality is, and will soon be for most businesses, an indispensable tool that drives productivity and sales like nothing that’s ever been seen before.

What Is Virtual Reality?

Virtual reality is a computer-generated technology that provides an immersive experience using projection technology, 3D glasses, or 3D headsets to show lifelike images, sounds, and other sensations to reflect an actual presence in a virtual reality or imaginary environment. This technology will provide anyone the opportunity to see how a product or service will look and function before it has been completed.

How Is Virtual Reality Changing the Construction Industry?

Virtual reality will help construction teams with building information modeling (BIM) to see what a finished project will look like when completed. This technology works by collecting a wide range of images using 3D laser scanning and drone collected pictures to design a set of vivid, lifelike images which are then used to create three-dimensional pictures.

Other Ways Virtual Reality Is Changing the Construction Industry

Virtual reality is helpful in other ways as well. For example, making changes once a building is under construction is extremely time-consuming and expensive. But virtual reality helps correct conflicts and mistakes because using this technology allows a team to find and correct any issues for free before any type of construction has begun. It can streamline the process of building new construction by providing a concrete vision beforehand of what the end appearance will be.

The Benefits of Using Virtual Reality In Construction

The list of benefits that come from using virtual reality in construction is growing quickly as more and more uses of this technology surface.

Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect when using virtual reality in your construction business.

  • Faster decision making and project approvals
  • Increased collaboration and positive client interactions
  • Greater client satisfaction
  • More accurate projections during the course of a project
  • Easier visualization of future projects

Common Virtual Reality Applications in the Construction Industry

Construction can be an extremely difficult business because there are so many moving parts that need to be precisely coordinated to achieve the best possible end result. Therefore, any tool or technique that can make the process come together with the least amount of error, the highest chances of success, and the lowest possible cost, is not something that should be considered. It’s something that should be a requirement if you want to become or remain an authority in the industry.

Here are some of the most common virtual reality applications currently being used in the construction industry.

  • Training and virtual conferencing
  • VR plan reviews
  • Communication and improved collaboration
  • Leveraging specialized knowledge
  • Remote jobsite walks
  • Augmented reality worker assistants
  • Improving pre-production design and building processes
  • Finding and correcting errors and mistakes
  • Complete immersion to perfect the flow, workability, and proper placement of equipment or other requirements of a building
  • Avoiding duplication and creating shortcuts for better proficiency

What’s Ahead

Other applications on the horizon that should also be considered are augmented and mixed reality.

Augmented Reality. This is a technology that superimposes a computer image on a user’s view of something real providing them with a composite view.

Mixed Reality. This is also known as hybrid reality and is the merging of the real and virtual worlds in an effort to produce a new environment or visualizations where physical and digital objects co-exist and ultimately interact in real-time.

The Bottom Line

Virtual reality is quickly replacing the construction of scaled mock-up building models. This trend opens up so many more potential opportunities for any business who jumps on board. And with the numerous virtual reality software programs and apps surfacing, the use of this technology will continue to grow and influence the construction industry in an even bigger way.

1 Minute fix for WordPress XML-RPC Pingback Vulnerability to Quadratic Attack

At 3PRIME, we are stewards for quite a few hosting customers, many of whom love wordpress. As such, we support that platform so that we may support the efforts of our disparate clientele.

By now everyone has heard of XML Quadratic Blowup Attack vulnerability in wordpress.

The WordPress Core Team has done there due diligence and have submitted a patch for the vulnerability. You can implement it readily by updating your wordpress runtime to the latest greatest version (or the latest greatest patch build of your current installation). If you haven’t already, you should absolutely update your installation the next chance you get.

XML-RPC is a Problem

Something that bears mentioning here is the WordPress XML-RPC itself.

Unless you are using a plugin that requires using this now nearly ancient form of site access and control, XML-RPC is otherwise extra baggage that you need not carry around.

Given the utter lack of usage of XML-RPC throughout our client sites, the best fix for the current vulnerability, a great preventative measure against similar attack vectors, is to simply disable XML-RPC altogether.

In our case, we did this server-wide. Setting up a directive for Apache couldn’t be easier.

In your configuration file (httpd.conf or, preferably, a pre-VirtualHost Include file), simply include the following snippet:

Apache – Disable xmlrpc.php

For the Nginx crowd out there, you can use the following:

Nginx – Disable xmlrpc.php

If your site (or your clients’ sites) are not coupled to WordPress XML-RPC, disabling XML-RPC altogether is a great way to reduce one attack vector that is often overlooked, exposed, and effectively exploited.

The Last Weekly Round up of mobile news from Mutual mobile.

 

Well guys here is my last a weekly Mobile blog post coming from you by Mutual Mobile.  Please feel free to go and signup at mutualmobile.comI apologize for the formatting look, MM changed their format which makes it a pain to copy over in here but here it is, The info is still great.

Starting in a couple weeks you will be seeing new stuff brought to you by my new employer Chaotic Moon.  Please go check us out www.chaoticmoon.com

What To Expect From Apple’s October 22nd iPad Event
The Verge

New iPads are a certainty, but there’s plenty more that Apple could have in store for consumers ahead of the holiday shopping season. Here’s what you should — and shouldn’t — expect from Apple’sOctober 22nd event.

 

NEWS AND INSIGHTS
The New York Times

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The race for the tablet market has become a full-blown sprint. The intense competition will be highlighted on Tuesday, as Apple, Nokia and Microsoft each introduce new tablets.
The Huffington Post

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While the Surface 2 is probably most fairly compared to an iPad or high-end Android tablet, the Surface Pro 2’s processing power makes it more like a laptop.
The Verge

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 While we wait for someone, anyone, to deliver the ultimate smartwatch, what can the best devices available today tell us about perfecting the smart wrist-accessory?
Mobile Commerce Daily

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Mobile’s immersion in our everyday lives actually provides retailers a valuable opportunity to embrace mobile as an asset and use it to foster the biggest advantage a bricks-and-mortar store has to offer: personalized, superior-level customer service.
TIME

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Even though Apple really did make the iPad for consumers, Jobs and his team fully expected it to also become attractive to business users.
Consider us your mobile update. Trends, platforms and strategies. Covering the biggest news in mobile, in just around a minute.
RESEARCH
ZDNet

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Pew Research found that tablet ownership among Americans has now hit the 35 percent mark, up 10 percent from a year ago.
VentureBeat

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The wearable devices industry, which includes smart watches and glasses, will be worth $19 billion by 2018. That’s a big jump over the $1.4 billion the industry is expected to pull in this year, according to Juniper Research, which produced the numbers.
eMarketer

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This year, more than half of US adult internet users, or 102.5 million people, will redeem a digital coupon via any device for either online or offline shopping. New data indicates that there was a significant increase in the number of digital coupon users during the first half of 2013.
ReadWrite

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Apple’s iOS 7 has been available to the public for exactly one month. In that time, about 73% of all iOS users have updated their iPhones, iPads and iPods to Apple’s new operating system, amounting to a little more than 250 million devices.
Forbes

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iOS dominated as the platform of choice for enterprise app deployment with 98% and 95% share in the June and September quarters, respectively.

Eruption, for the Oculus rift game jam contest has been released!! (Shameless self promotion)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uTMI-E0A-N4

Game Description:
Deep in the bowels of a top secret building of S.T.Z.M.N. research facility a lab assistant works late into the night tending to their quadrant smears. In the lab next door things go horribly wrong with a timeline experiment and in an instant the lab assistant is sucked into the void and transported millions of years into earth’s primordial past.

Our hero, dazed and confused, is shaken back into consciousness by a massive quake. Looking around they are surrounded by a harsh, unfamiliar, and unforgiving terrain. The ground shakes again and our hero looks around in time to see a massive volcano erupting in the distance. As the shockwave hits our hero’s fight or flight instincts kick in and they take off running for their life.

Eruption, is a 2.5D platformer designed to challenge the player to escape the hostile world they find themselves in and make it to safety. The user will be forced to look around and dodge incoming objects from all directions. Players will have to think on their feet running, jumping, and sliding in order to save themselves from almost certain doom.

The path to the end is never as easy as it seems.

Controls:
Left/Right – L/R Arrow keys or A and D
Slide – Down key or S
Jump – Space
(Beta) Zoom out – Ctrl

Eruption!!
Built by myself and 4 other guys for the VR Game Jam (@zach, @sorensilk, Nick, and Tom). Most of us were brand new to Unity and game development so it was a great learning experience. We were up until the deadline last night (2am our time) putting in final touches.

We figured most teams would make first person view games so we decided to mix it up with a 3rd person platformer. We think the end result really works well with the Rift. We placed obstacles above and in front of you to force the player to look around the level and not just stare straight ahead.

Not sure where development is going from here but we’d love feedback.  Please visit the official game posting https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3879

This Week’s Must-Read Mobile Headlines // June 24

Once again your weekly collection of Mobile News is brought to you by our friend over at Mutual Mobile

This week, Instagram integrates video to its app in an attempt to defend itself against Vine. But is it a smart move? Plus: new data from Forrester on Glass, a first look at iOS 7, and more.

News and Insights

Video Killed The Instagram Star – TechCrunch, In an attempt to overcome Vine, Instagram has added video. But is it a smart move?

Forrester: Google Glass Will Be the Next iPhone (But Now it’s Just a Newton) VentureBeat, A new report says roughly 21.6M Americans would buy Glass.

A Week With iOS 7: The Search for Innovation Amid Renovation – BGR, Does Apple’s bold new mobile vision pave the way for innovation?

Think ‘Mobile Unique’ To Deliver Mobile Delight – CMO, Move beyond “vanilla” mobile apps, and personalize the experience for users.

Disruptions: Mobile Competition Shifts to Software Design – New York Times, Software, not hardware, is allowing mobile companies to leap over competitors.

Gauging the Natural, and Digital, Rhythms of Life – New York Times, The Big Data health impact of wearables is going to be significant.

Apple Scores $30M iPad Deal With L.A. Schools – Mashable, Los Angeles public schools plan to equip every student with the device by 2014. (If you wanna get a better understanding of what this means to education http://www.redefiningliteracy.com/what-is-ilit)

Research

Smartphones And Tablets Have Revolutionized Consumer Connections – MediaPost, 45.3M US consumers watch video on their mobile phones.

How Mobile Is Shaping Global Digital Behavior – eMarketer, Comparing most popular activities across smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

Online Customer Experience Still Easier to Understand Than Mobile, Say E-Commerce Execs – Marketing Charts, Many execs believe it’s simply harder to deliver positive mobile experiences.

88% of Smartphone Shoppers Have Negative Experiences – Mobile Commerce Daily, “If you don’t do it right, customers will go to a competitor.”

Connected Car Market to Take Off – Mobile Marketer, Over 35M car shipments in 2018 will come with embedded mobile technology.

In response to the whole Snowden PRISM thing. The folks at Codecademy said it right…

Excerpt from http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/17/encrypting-your-email-works-says-nsa-whistleblower-edward-snowden/

For my money this hits the nail on the head.  If you call yourself a technologist NONE of this better be a surprise.  Because if it is, your not a very good technologist. For those that aren’t Continue »

This Week’s Must-Read Mobile Headlines // June 17

Bought to you from our friends over at Mutual Mobile

Last week, Apple held its annual World Wide Developer’s Conference. We dive into some of the biggest announcements: a groundbreaking new “flat” redesign in iOS 7, new Macs, iOS for cars, and more.

News and Insights

Apple Debuts iOS 7, OS X Mavericks, and New Macs: Everything You Need to Know – The Verge, All the top news from WWDC, in one place.

Cook Unveils Mission Statement, iOS 7 Gets Colorful, New iPhone – Forbes, A few of the things that happened around Apple this week.

How Apple’s iOS 7 Changes Everything For App Designers – ReadWrite, Everything app designers know has been tossed out the window.

Why iOS 7 Looks Unfinished (Spoiler: It’s Because It’s Unfinished) – TIME, A collection of top mobile analysts’ thoughts on the new OS.

Why Do Super-Elite Customers Get All The Attention? – Forbes, How to use big data and mobile to delight both the “super-elite” and regular joes.

With Wearable Tech, Human Behavior is Now a Design Problem – GigaOM, Wearable devices will be able to influence our behavior in ways both good and bad.

Saks Deploys 2,000 iPads in Stores, to Launch OFF 5th Website in Fall – RIS, Saks’ multi-channel shoppers spend 3-4x what single-channel shoppers spend.

Mobile Marketing Isn’t About Screens or Devices, It’s About Behavior – AdAge, Consumers move fluidly across devices and platforms; brands must do the same.

Research

[Infographic] Mobile at WWDC – The Push, The buzz, the snark, the hits, and the misses from Apple’s annual conference.

A Day in the Life of a Mobile Consumer – Flurry, How consumers are using apps throughout the day, and how it relates to wearables.

82% of eCommerce Merchants Not Tracking Mobile Sales – Mobile Commerce Daily, The majority of merchants don’t know whether a purchase comes from mobile or PC.

One-Third of Americans Now Own Tablet Computers – New York Times, The fastest-growing segments: affluent households, college graduates, parents.

Smart Mobile Devices Account for Small Share of TV Viewing – eMarketer, Only 2% of total TV viewership occurred on a tablet or smartphone.

Webinar on 6/25 w/ Forrester: Wearables – The Next Frontier of Mobile

Ever wonder whats next for mobile?  Smartphones feeling old hat? Then why not make a smart hat or hop on the google train and code some GoogleGlass.

TUESDAY 6/25 we have another webinar focused on Google Glass and smart use cases for professionals that need to be hands-free (think policemen, EMTs, surgeons, firefighters, pilots, etc.). Joining us for the webinar will be Sarah Rottman Epps, Senior Analyst, Forrester (I’ve attached two of her reports for your reference).

Link to register (Hey its free): http://www.mutualmobile.com/webinars/google-glass

Your weekly dose of must read mobile headlines for june 10th

As always, we bring this to you from our good friends over at Mutual Mobile.

As Apple’s WWDC kicks off this week,  Ive-inspired flat interfaces in iOS 7 abound. Is this the end of skeuomorphism? Plus: why mobile web is top of mind for digital customer experience initiatives (spoiler answer:  cause it needs ALOT of help).

News and Insights

WWDC 2013: What Will We See, Not See? – The Push, Apple gives its WWDC Keynote this Monday, June 10. What can we expect?

Why Jony Ive Is Flattening iOS 7 – Fast Company, Let’s reconsider what we talk about when we talk about skeuomorphism.

Why Mobility Matters For Professional Services – SAP, Today, employees are driving how they want to interact with information.

Google Glass: 5 Industries It Will Change Forever – ReadWrite, Which industries can most benefit from wearable technology?

iPhone and Android are Different, So Stop Trying to Compare Them – GigaOM, iPhone and Android are on two completely different trajectories.

Christian Cantrell’s Review of Google Glass – Living Digitally, Thoughts and observations on why the world is ready for wearable computing.

The App Wars Come To Wearables. Consumers Will Be The Winners – ReadWrite, Why apps are the keys to the future of wearables.

The iPad-ification Of America’s Small Businesses – ReadWrite, Why Square, PaylPal and others are turning to iPad for POS technology.

 Research

Survey Shows Mobile Web Gets Priority Over Mobile Apps in 2013 – Forrester, 59% of organizations are prioritizing building mobile web experiences.

Roundup Of Mobile Apps & App Store Forecasts, 2013 – Forbes, A collection of great stats showing how enterprises, consumers are using apps.

Affluent Shoppers Make Mobile an Essential Stop in the Purchase Funnel – eMarketer, One out of five affluent consumers make mobile purchases on tablets.

56% of American Adults are Now Smartphone Owners – Pew Research Center, Ownership is particularly high in the 20-30 year old bracket.

For the First Time, a Third of American Adults Own Tablet Computers – Pew Research Center, What are the demographics most likely to own a tablet?

Android Edges Closer to iPad as Enterprise Tablet Adoption Grows – TabTimes, Good Technology reports Android tablet activations have nearly doubled in the enterprise.

Your Weekly Mobile News Round Up Has Returned…

After a brief retooling your weekly mobile news round up is back.  As always its brought to you by our friends at Mutual Mobile and the letter C (because C is for cookie, and who doesn’t like cookies!).

This week, mobile industry analyst Mary Meeker presented her annual report on the state of the industry. We take a look at the key trends. Plus: mobile’s major influence on retail, both in-store and out.

News and Insights

Mary Meeker Peers Into the Future of Mobile, Wearables and Facebook – New York Times, We take a look at the major themes from the KPCG analyst’s annual report.

Apple’s Tim Cook Points To Dearth Of Multiple-Use Wrist Gadgets – Forbes, At a recent conference, Cook voiced skepticism about wearables like Glass.

Here’s What to Expect From Apple at WWDC 2013 – WIRED, Upgrades to iOS, OS X, hardware, and a whole lot more.

Walmart Takes Contextual, Pragmatic Approach to Mobile – Forrester, Walmart’s mobile approach has paid off in sales, loyal customers, and engagement.

Google Is Learning How Smartphones Impact In-Store Shopping – Fast Company, People who consistently use smartphones while shopping spend 25% more.

Google Won’t Approve Glass Apps That Recognize People’s Faces – TechCrunch, A recent announcement from Google is eliminating the Glass “creep factor.”

7 Cool Consumer Technologies Coming Soon to a Cubicle Near You – CIO, Augmented reality, natural user interfaces, and more entering the enterprise.

The Future Of Technology Isn’t Mobile, It’s Contextual – Fast Company, Coming soon: always-present computers that will anticipate, augment your behavior.

Research

If You Bought An ‘iWatch’, You’d Check it ~95 Times Per Day – Business Insider, Why an Apple smartwatch could be big business.

13 Alarming Stats About Retail in Digital – Digiday, Mobile and digital is forcing retailers to redefine how they market and sell to consumers.

Smartphone Adoption Tips Past 50% in Major Markets Worldwide – eMarketer, Over half of mobile phone users in 6 countries have switched to smartphones.

3 Reasons Why the Tablet is Set to Replace Your Laptop and Desktop – TabTimes, IDC’s latest report predicts tablet shipments to grow 59% this year.

The Wallet is Doomed! – Mobile Payments Today, PayPal’s recent study shows that 83% of consumers prefer digital payment methods.

The Forecast for Google Glass – Business Insider, BI predicts Glass will reach 21 million annual unit sales by 2018.