GRAPHISOFT Virtual Building Explorer is an interactive 3D presentation tool for architects.
Using Virtual Building Explorer, architects can explore their projects with greater clarity than ever before. VBE allows real-time 3D navigation enhanced with gravity, layer control, fly-mode, egress recognition and pre-saved walkthroughs. In addition, VBE offers access to building information, such as surface finishes, volumes, sizes and quantities. Exact measurements can also be taken during the real-time walkthrough.
VBE exports the BIM models from ArchiCAD and saves them in a self-running application file format, allowing all project stakeholders to fully understand the architectural design concept without having an ArchiCAD or VBE license.
The development of Virtual Building Explorer is based on very strict Quality Assurance (QA) standards. The code is regularly tested with automated tests covering the majority of the functions. Dedicated QA engineers are assigned to new development projects to guarantee smooth integration into the source code. Responsibilities include continuous monitoring of quality, data safety and usability.
The yearly release cycle is divided into critical development milestones preceded by thorough quality checking periods:
• Alpha: Internal QC tests by QA engineers
• Beta: Internal and external tests involving users worldwide. Tests on real projects.
• Release candidate: Automatic and manual internal tests on all supported operating systems.
VBE sets new standards in architectural design presentation and communication as it includes the building information model, and not just a presentation model. Unlike other 3D presentation tools, VBE also gives access to BIM information - surface finishes, volumes, sizes and quantities.
Design concepts and alternatives can be elaborated during walkthroughs in a professionally rendered 3D navigation environment. The optional stereo viewing mode, egress recognition and surface gravity greatly improves the navigation experience.
VBE delivers a truly realistic virtual experience of the building to all stakeholders, regardless of their skills, and at no cost.
Virtual Building Explorer was first released in 2009. The current version is compatible with ArchiCAD 14 and runs on both Windows and Mac OSX platforms. VBE is sold in more than 102 countries in 14 language versions by GRAPHISOFT partners and it was used for the virtual reconstruction of three Shanghai Buildings designed by László Hudec.