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Collaboration Platform VREX Delivers Virtual Collaboration For Everyone

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Below is our recent interview with Hans Fredrik Johansen, CEO at VREX:

Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to your company?

A: VREX is all about helping people to meet, understand complexity and make great decisions. We bring people together on our SaaS collaboration platform to meet inside their 3D model, BIM or Point Cloud. VREX users can join with virtual reality (VR) Headsets or through their computer screens. My favorite customer describes us as the VR lovechild between Trimble connect and ZOOM.

VREX has a strong team of highly skilled developers that have been developing the scalable and secure SaaS platform with the focus to make all kinds of 3D-models more accessible through VR. We embarked on this journey to liberate the BIM, set it free and democratize the model. Our hypothesis was that the more people have access to the model the better it becomes. The more people understand the complexity of the model the more insight and knowledge gets fed back into the model for a more successful project and better product.

VR is amazing in shifting perspectives and providing insight in complex models. Digital collaboration is outstanding in its ability to bring people together with minimum effort, time consume, or CO2 footprint. 3D models are the perfect tool to share complex information of a planned project or a project in a remote location.

VREX combines the best of three worlds into one universe. We see the digital models of complex construction projects of the future more as Avatars of the project than a 3D project plan. The Avatar or Digital Twin will live side by side with the IRL project and often have longer lifespan.

Although our journey has just begun, VREX users around the world have confirmed our hypothesis to be true as they meet with BIM experts inside the model in VR. Surgeons and hospital workers come with valuable insight to adjust the BIM of their future workspace. Wheelchair users have shared their unique insight to make public buildings not only comply with universal design regulations but be truly inclusive and functional. A plumber saved the contractor $1.000.000,- in change orders after 10 seconds in VREX. These are a few of the many examples our users have shared with us on how they meet, understand complexity and make great decisions with VREX We are based out of Norway with sales teams in Europe and the USA. Our customers come primarily from the AEC- industry and we see a strong uptake in industrial engineering and manufacturing now in addition to the education market.

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Q: Can you give us more insights into your offering?

A: Besides its user-friendly interface and innovative design VREX is known for its ability to handle both large and small projects in one model with ease. From the largest infrastructure projects, hospitals or energy plants to smaller projects like schools or apartment buildings. With Point Cloud support VREX has opened up new workflows for collaboration in rehabilitation of existing infrastructure, buildings, factories, warehouses and even ships. The SaaS platform also integrates with Siemens (JT) to facilitate collaboration in virtual reality in 3D models in the manufacturing industry. Through our integrations with Navisworks, BimTrack, Bimsync, and StreamBIM most 3D-formats are supported. VREX also support openBIM (IFC), Siemens (JT), and Point Clouds (E57), through direct upload or BIM360. Issue integration is available for BimTrack, Bimsync, StreamBIM, and BimCollab users.

A lot of formats and load of integrations you may say, but that’s the way it had to be to become the preferred collaboration platform for 3D models in VR.

Q: What can we expect from your company in next 6 months? What are your plans?

A: You can expect to see a lot more of us in the months to come. We are working with many small and large companies all involved in exciting projects that we hope to be able to share with you in the months to come.

The announcement of our partnership with HP will open new territories for us over the next months. It’s a perfect fit, VREX with the mission to liberate and democratize 3D models around the world and HP with the HP Reverb G2 Headset with global presence, service, and support. With our bundled service offering it has never been easier to get a company up and running with VR.

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Q: What is the best thing about your company that people might not know about?

A: France is one of our fastest growing markets and this should come as no surprise. There is large openBIM community of highly knowledgeable engineers in France and they of course share our vision of liberté, égalité, fraternité of the BIM. Vrex is now used all over the world, from Japan and Australia to north America and all over Europe, it is a truly international solution available in 15 languages.

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