The future of VDC?

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A few Tocci employees recently came across this thought-provoking video. Putting aside the emotional story in the movie, the animation gives us a fascinating, imaginative picture of what the future of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) might look like….

World Builder from BranitVFX on Vimeo.

One of Tocci’s VDC Modelers had this to say about the movie:

“Rather than a designer manipulating a cursor about a screen, the designer IS the cursor, walking and gesturing through “virtual space,” initiating insertion points with an actual point, turning his body to rotate/copy, tapping his wrist for right-click options and dialogues.

Cool as the virtual modeling sequence is to watch, I wonder if there is not something a bit counter-intuitive about giving virtual modeling a physical analogue – for those keeping track, that would be a physical analogue of an analogue (VDC) of a “real,” physical act (DC).

Is this what the future looks like? Maybe, but I suspect it might it be more like the casual, abstract gestures of the iPhone interface or the SmartScreen – that is, more like drawing. Does one need to actually walk around virtual space? Maybe the future looks more like the air traffic control sequence in Matrix Reloaded, wherein the controllers just sort of sit back in white, virtual space pushing around symbols and number with their hands. Actually, that sounds like a lot less fun.”

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