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Immersive technology and its power in a pandemic

Mobius has been very fortunate to have carried out multiple projects across the globe over the years. Our state-of-the-art immersive technology means that where necessary, we have always been able to work with stakeholders virtually – no matter where in the world they may be. Thanks to this technology we can show our clients exactly what their building can look like before it is even built. Using detailed real-time rendering, immersive 3D modelling and cinematic walkthrough videos, our technology allows key stakeholder engagement at every level and from anywhere in the world.

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The advantages of this Mobius workflow became more apparent when the pandemic disrupted life for all of us in March 2020. At the time we were mid-way through the design of a large £1.5 million design and build project for Infor’s new offices in Linkoping, Sweden.

Fortunately, we had already visited the site prior to lockdown, to perform a 3D point cloud scan of the building and create the working 3D model. The travel restrictions that followed did not disrupt our programme, and all project meetings thereafter were held virtually with the aid of screen sharing.

We routinely held immersive calls with stakeholders from the US, UK, Holland, and Sweden, virtually walking around the 3D model of the building together, presenting and making any design changes in real time. This ensured that all key team members were happy with every element of the design before moving onto the build.

This workflow continued to benefit the process of managing the build of the project. We collaborated with our project manager and his team based in Sweden on the design calls and then provided him with his own 3D virtual reality model of the design. This enabled us to instruct our local contractors and fit-out team and ensure every inch of the design could be discussed, visualised and accurately costed in detail. This ultimately led to better on-site coordination, reduced downtime, negligible snagging and nett zero variations.

This technology-led approach, which enabled us to manage a project without any face-to-face meetings, has proven to be a valuable future-proof solution. Our ability to adapt quickly when Covid hit, enabled us to continue to deliver this project and provide our client with the same high level of service that they had come to expect over the years.

Successfully completing such a project remotely, is something that the team at Mobius are extremely proud of. To underscore how this method of project delivery will change the future of Design and Build, we received the PropTech Company of the Year Next Gen 2020 award in December 2020.

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