My Project in VR? Sounds Great! How Do I Get Started?

DreamTrace™ is ready to help you enter the world of professional VR review.

The process of pre-visualizing your project with DreamTrace™ consists of four distinct steps, detailed below (click to expand):

In order to provide a successful VR pre-visualization experience, please contact us for a consultation. We’d like to understand the following:

  • What are your goals for the DreamTrace™ pre-visualization?
  • What software files will you provide (i.e. files from your designers or architects software package, CAD Drawings, or similar)? We are happy to work directly with your design partner. You can find more information about pre-visualization file conversions here.
  • How many people do you expect to be attending the session?
  • What is your desired range of dates for attending the pre-visualization at a DreamTrace™ location?
    Any special needs or conditions related to the VR session or your project?

If you are uncertain as to the benefits that VR may have for your project, we are happy to arrange a tour and demo at your local DreamTrace™ location (for parties with a serious interest only).

Once we have the necessary information, we’ll evaluate your design files and then schedule the  VR session with you

After we’ve received your design files, our Visioneers will work on converting them to a digital VR environment. Not only will we convert the structures and dimensions, but we’ll add lighting and identify point on entry: specific locations in the VR rendition of your project where you’ll enter and begin walking through the VR environment.

The quality and detail of the VR environment greatly depends on your design files (as provided by your designer or architect). Textures and details, for example, will not appear unless present in your design files.

The files exported from your design software may require minor repair and manual work when transitioned to a VR environment. One hour of conversion work is included with our Pre-Visualization fee. Additional hours may he charged, subject to your approval, to repair or enhance the file.

If you do not have a digital design file for your project, DreamTrace™ can be retained to create your VR environment from the ground up, per your specifications.

Additional information on design-file conversion to VR can be found here.

On the scheduled date and time, you’ll arrive at the DreamTrace™ location where you’ll be greeted by one of our intrepid Visioneers. The Visioneer will escort you into a PreViz Lounge to discuss your objectives for the session and to provide safety information.

You’ll then be equipped with a lightweight backpack PC and a custom VR visor, after which you’ll be escorted onto the adjoining DreamStage.

Soon you’ll lower your VR visor and  enter the DreamSpace: the virtual staging area that lies between the real world and your virtual project.

After you and your team have been synchronized with our system, the Visioneer will trace you into your VR project and the magic begins!

While in VR, you may move freely about the digital environment, constrained only by the physical boundaries of the DreamStage.

Our proprietary ArcViz™ software turns your simple hand-gestures into powerful tools to point at objects, capture digital photos of the virtual environment, invoke a measuring grid, record audio commentary, and draw markup on what you’re observing.

During the pre-visualization session, you’ll be in audio contact with your assigned Visioneer who’ll ensure your safety, assist you with questions, and trace you into other areas of your project when you’re ready (for large projects).

Additional details on the DreamTrace stage experience and ArcViz™ can be found here.

A few business days after your VR PreViz session, DreamTrace™ will compile your session assets and make them available for online download. The digital asset files will consist of the following:

  1. Images and mark-ups created inside the VR environment (organized by team member)
  2. Audio commentary recorded inside the VR environment (organized by team member)
  3. An HTML5 page, enabling you to move through a 3D recreation of your project (not in VR) on your computer.

We’re confident these assets will be useful for your continued review and consideration of your project. We consider these assets an important part of the value our customers receive from the DreamTrace™ VR Pre-Visualization service.