Mott MacDonald aims to reduce construction costs and risks with new platform

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The digital ventures arm of Mott MacDonald developed Rehearsive because ‘a construction site can be an expensive and risky place to make decisions’

Quick read

➨ Rehearsive has launched after a successful three-month beta test with 250 volunteers from across the UK infrastructure sector
➨ The platform is accessible via a VR headset or computer
➨ Users can try Rehearsive through a 14-day free trial

The story

UK-based consultancy Mott MacDonald has developed a VR and desktop platform for rehearsing construction and operational processes.

Rehearsive, launching after a successful three-month beta test with 250 volunteers from across the UK infrastructure sector, is accessible through a VR headset or computer, integrates with existing 3D workflows and BIM models, and delivers an interactive, collaborative immersive project environment in which multiple users can walk through construction scenarios and communicate via voice chat.

Mott MacDonald’s digital ventures arm developed Rehearsive, because “a construction site can be an expensive and risky place to make decisions”, according to digital business development director Richard Shennan.

Previewing Rehearsive in January, Shennan said that BIM in particular “has enabled huge steps forward in designing and planning construction works”.

He continued: “The increasing quality and accuracy of information models and use of common data environments has already led to big benefits, and construction sequencing represented by allocating time criteria to objects within models generates an engaging way of representing planned operations. The inevitable next step is to bring virtual reality technology to deliver a further step-change.”

Shennan identified several advantages to bringing BIM models into a live, collaborative environment that could help users overcome the issues of cost and risk, including giving already digitally capable project participants the opportunity to see themselves in the context of a real site, and maintaining a live connection with all data that has been linked through imported BIM models.

Hosted on Moata, Mott MacDonald’s digital twin platform, Rehearsive enables infrastructure designers and operators to discover how design decisions affect operations on site, and makes design reviews easier, according to the international consultancy.

The platform also supports design for manufacture and assembly by providing a live, interactive environment where designers and contractors can rehearse different site-based delivery and assembly activities during the design stage.

“Our beta testers felt features such as the object library, that makes sequence testing and review straightforward, provide much needed simplicity in an increasingly complex world of software applications.”

Andrew Zhao, Mott MacDonald

Andrew Zhao, head of immersive technologies at Mott MacDonald, said the successful beta period for Rehearsive allowed the consultancy to take feedback from testers and use it to “drive the product to be even more usable and intuitive, developing a better market fit”.

He continued: “Our beta testers felt features such as the object library, that makes sequence testing and review straightforward, provide much needed simplicity in an increasingly complex world of software applications.”

Users can try Rehearsive through a 14-day free trial, with basic and enterprise pricing options available at early adopter rates.

Images: Rehearsive enables infrastructure designers and operators to discover how design decisions affect operations on site
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