HTC Vive hardware used in $1.5 billion hotel and casino expansion

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Vive Pro was used to aid the $1.5 billion expansion of Hard Rock International’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida, HTC Vive has revealed.

Quick read

➨ Vive Pro aided the design of the hotel rooms in the new 450-foot guitar-shaped tower

➨ Suffolk-Yates designers created interactive models and designs so they could make decisions about furniture, fixtures and equipment

➨ Suffolk-Yates was able to resolve 90% of the construction details

➨ Visualisation and input on logistics led to additional benefits, such as the prevention of maintenance problems

The story

HTC Vive, which launched a dedicated enterprise unit in July, said construction firm Suffolk-Yates used Vive Pro to visualise the design of the hotel rooms in the new 450-foot guitar-shaped tower that will hold an additional 630+ luxury guest suites.

In partnership with Theia Interactive, a VR-based creative studio for enterprise, Suffolk-Yates designers created interactive models and designs so they could make decisions about furniture, fixtures and equipment before producing physical mock-ups.

To achieve the most immersive experience, they used Nvidia Quadro P4000 graphic cards for high-quality textures for more realistic designs, Silverdraft Demon VR workstations powered by Nvidia Quadro GV100 GPUs for simplified, low-overhead realtime collaboration and high-performance computing, and Vive Pro.

Vive Pro’s precise room-scale tracking enabled the physical exploration and interaction of architectural designs in a virtual space. 

“Vive has been and will be our go-to VR system for projects,” explained Stephen Phillips, chief technology officer and co-founder of Theia Interactive. “When doing architectural design review, our customers need to be able to reach up and touch the door frames and look under cabinets with the assurance that every inch is perfect. The benefit of highly accurate spatial tracking and full coverage is invaluable.”

‘Nowhere near the number of iterations’

According to HTC Vive, Suffolk-Yates was able to resolve 90% of the construction details for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with Vive Pro.

Kyle Goebel of Suffolk-Yates commented: “We had nowhere near the number of iterations we would have had without VR. Each iteration we didn’t do saved the client hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

Vive Pro also benefited tradespeople and maintenance staff working on the project, HTC Vive said. Visualisation and input on logistics led to easier hallway and bathroom cleaning, streamlined bathtub installation, and the prevention of maintenance problems.

Bill Fishkin, president of Theia Interactive, said: “Because the client was so pleased with the results, they intend to use real-time VR as a solution for many future projects. The entire [construction] industry is moving in this direction.”

Image credit: HTC Vive