In a VR session you can use your headset controllers to interact with the 3D model and other guests with tools available in your palette. To learn more about the controller buttons mapping, please check this article.
Immersive VR design review tools, Revit case study
Let's consider an architectural design review case on a shared BIM model. You can open the tool palette using the button on the left controller to unveil the main tools available:
Using the right controller, you can point and click (right trigger) on a tool:
- None: Nothing happens. Feel free to point and click any object with no consequences!
- Select: Laser point and right trigger to select an object. If the "Selection Sync" toggle is active, the selection is propagated to the source CAD/BIM.
- Edit: Laser point and right trigger to select an object. Use the arrows to transform object's position, size, and orientation. You can create copies of the selected object. Once final, confirm the transformation by clicking "Ok" or click "Reset" to roll back to previous state.
NOTE: Once confirmed, transformation are sent back to your CAD/BIM source via Live Link and become permanent. No transformations are final until you click "Ok"
- Screenshot: Left trigger to snap a picture. The picture will include what you see at the snap and will be stored in your local image folder.
- Inquire: Like select, laser point and right trigger to select an object. It shows BIM Metadata in your tool palette. You can edit the BIM model by changing parametric metadata (like, i.e. the size of a door or window).
Inquire tool can also be used to attach notes to a selected object.
- Ruler: Right trigger to set a first and second point. The tool will show the distance between points and its X, Y, and Z components.
- 3D Pen: Right trigger to draw a 3D sketch in middle air or to project a 2D sketch on a surface. More 3D pen tool details in the section below.
In particular, the 3D Pen tool allows to make 3D and surface sketches in the scene. "Draw on Surface" option restricts the pen to draw on surface only, if turned off you'll be able to draw in mid-air. "Eraser" toggle enables the eraser tool.
PRO TIP: The sketches information is stored in your Revit model for future use when the Revit model is saved.
The 3D Pen too palette includes the following options:
- Sketch color picker
- Eraser tool: select this tool and use the right trigger to delete sketches in the proximity of the right pointer
- Draw on surface: will draw lines on the surfaces that are hit by the right laser pointer
- Delete all: delete all the sketches in the scene, including the ones made by guest users