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April 20, 2017

This NYC Startup is Bringing VR to Architects, Engineers and Builders

Mark Metry, Founder of VU Dream
Virtual Reality software tools are being released every day.
This New York City startup IrisVR is announcing that it has raised $8 million in Series A funding.
IrisVR has built a desktop software, Prospect allows customers to take their 3D plans and blueprints and turn them into VR experiences viewable on devices like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Gear VR, and Cardboard.
Iris VR
Best of all, Iris announced, users anywhere in the world can collaborate on a project using the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift by inviting others to an immersive virtual group session.
The VR platform empowers the architecture, engineering and construction industries build better, faster and cheaper.
IrisVR’s multi-user technology creates a workflow that is new to the building industry; offering a real-time virtual reality environment with voice audio and motion feedback accessible to anyone.
Iris Design Architecture
Now, architects, engineers, and designers can host guided walkthroughs of a space pre-construction, extending the concept of in-person client meetings and design review to the VR world. Virtual meetings also have the potential to significantly reduce travel and in-person sessions leading to significant cost savings for the user and client.
“We are excited to announce multi-user collaboration within Prospect. Multi-user will change not only the logistics of in-person meetings but it will help facilitate larger conversations and decisions. If you are a healthcare architect you can now invite the physician or nurse into a collaborative and intuitive environment of the proposed design. Then you can engage in a dialogue about space to evaluate the impact of decisions prior to construction, regardless of their physical location,”
– Shane Scranton, CEO and Co-Founder of IrisVR.
“Job site safety is a huge concern for everyone in the building industry. Having a multi-user experience creates an avenue for training and orientation to occur before setting foot on-site. Imagine the benefits of being able to guide a new oil rig worker through the complex spaces of a rig in a risk-free environment, prior to them traveling to a distant location.” 
– Nate Beatty, CTO and Co-Founder of IrisVR
IrisVR will show off the group collaboration experience at the AIA’s Conference on Architecture from April 27-29 in Orlando, FL.
Those who stop by will have the opportunity to experience the technology first-hand and walk through SketchUp, Revit, and Rhino models with other booth attendees in VR.


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