DPR Construction and WorldViz Open Virtual Reality Showroom

Redwood City, California, March 27, 2013

Real-Time 3-D Immersive Visualization Saves Cost Through More Effective Early Project Design

DPR Construction, a leading national technical builder, today announced the completion of a virtual reality working exhibition at its Redwood City headquarters. The showroom, a partnership with WorldViz, brings advanced 3-D immersive visualization to building owners and the architecture, engineering and construction industry. A leader in turnkey interactive visualization and simulation solutions, WorldViz provides technologies that allow anyone to walk through a full-scale digital model to better understand layout and design features pre-construction. This holistic view of a project enables construction and architecture companies and their clients to make changes in the early stages of design, thus reducing time and resources spent on changes in the field or potential rework.

“Giving our customers a way to have the most realistic experience they can get outside of walking through a finished building enables valuable feedback and ensures that the end users are getting exactly what they want,” said Atul Khanzode, director of construction technology at DPR Construction. “DPR has invested heavily in Integrated Building Information Modeling and Virtual Design and Construction processes to help deliver more predictable outcomes for our customers. The partnership with WorldViz and the new virtual showroom offers teams and our customers a great way to visualize and contextualize projects, and address issues much sooner through rapid virtual prototyping.”

Peter Schlueer, President of WorldViz, comments: “Immersive 3-D is a whole new way of experiencing and understanding designs. It lets people reach consensus earlier and bring projects to completion in less time. Industry leaders like DPR Construction use our immersive visualization systems because they provide tangible returns through more efficient planning and construction. We are thrilled to work with DPR to help lead the way into the future of virtual construction.”

The WorldViz Architecture Interactive showroom features a variety of 3-D immersive and semi-immersive display technologies using head-mounted display and motion tracking systems. The center piece is the WorldViz wide-area walking system. Once users put on the head-mounted display they can walk around and make adjustments to a construction project in real-time.

For a less expansive walk-through, the virtual reality center also has a multi-projector setup option that includes a two-sided corner shaped CAVE environment. Instead of a full head-mount users wear light-weight 3-D glasses to interact with the display.

DPR will begin using these technologies with projects that currently have virtual 3-D mockups.

About DPR Construction
DPR Construction is a forward-thinking national general contractor and construction manager specializing in technically complex and sustainable projects for the advanced technology/mission critical, life sciences, healthcare, higher education and corporate office markets. Founded in 1990, DPR is a privately held, employee-owned company that has grown to a multi-billion-dollar organization with 17 offices around the country, making it one of the largest general contractors in the nation and a great story of entrepreneurial success. It is currently ranked No. 15 on FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list and was recently identified as the Largest Private Company in Silicon Valley on Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal's list of the 51 largest private companies in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit http://www.dpr.com

About WorldViz
WorldViz is the industry leader in turnkey interactive virtual reality solutions for Fortune 500 industry and government clients, including NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Siemens, Toyota, Nissan, Disney, National Institutes of Health, Stanford University, and MIT. Our turnkey Architecture Visualization Solutions let AEC professionals literally walk through their BIM models and experience a stunning sense of their space in 3-D (http://www.architecture-interactive.com). Other typical applications include Product Visualization, Design Visualization, Safety & Industrial Training, Defense Training, Consumer Research & Insight, Interactive Education, Social Interaction Research, and Vision Science. VIZARD, our virtual reality software toolkit, is an easy to learn 3-D development platform complete with everything you need to build interactive and immersive 3-D content. For more information about WorldViz go to http://www.worldviz.com