Blog: SECBE Awards 2023 Finalist Use of interactive VR to improve planning and site logistic (VINCI Building UK)

12 April 2023

Digital sponsored by Galliford Try

Use of interactive VR to improve planning and site logistic (submitted by VINCI Building) 

Digital Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2023 finalist

The VR application was developed to enable the Apex 1 project and its construction to be viewed in detail from multiple perspectives at critical times in the build sequence. It was used as a tool to visualise multiple programmes and designs, highlighting any issues and methods which would not be successful until a solution that resolved all critiques was found and developed in fine detail.

As well as facilitating the planning, design and preconstruction teams to successfully plan the methodology in detail and safety, the VR successfully enabled VINCI to convey to the client (VINCI Developments) exactly how they planned to build it. The ability to put on a headset and transport themselves onsite to see through the different phases of construction was a fabulous tool in visualising their project being built, was of great benefit to them, giving them the peace of mind, once visualised, to submit it for planning permission.

Additional benefits included:

1.            Enabling the client to visualise a finished show flat, prior to construction

2.            Enabling us and the client to visualise the custom cladding methodology

The VR headset could be successfully showcased at industry conferences, workshops or roundtable discussions, allowing industry members to experience the solution for themselves. 

It is also extremely useful as a training tool. VINCI have used the headsets to train operatives to undertake tasks safely, including safe procedures for passing operational plant including 360 excavators.


Key achievements:

  • Innovative digital project delivery.

  • Use of VR technologies to enhance site logistic.

  • Innovative bespoke solution.


Client: VINCI Building


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Find out who wins at the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2023 Ceremony on Thurs 29th June 2023.


About the Digital Award (sponsored by Galliford Try): 

Digital embraces BIM, GIS, Big Data and other evolving technological advancements.  Technology has transformed the world we live in and has potential to revolutionise the construction industry. This category rewards organisations, projects or initiatives that have adopted, advanced and achieved excellence in Digital. More info

>> Find out more about the other Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2023 finalists here

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