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Bring your concepts to life

Igloo visualisations bring your architectural, engineering, and construction design concepts to life.

If you create 3D, CAD, CGI or BIM content, use 360° films or fly-throughs, or want to show clients or stakeholders how your finished concepts will look and feel, Igloo is a fully-immersive, highly-engaging, surprisingly-affordable visualisation platform.

Stand right inside your data

With Igloo visualisations you can stand right inside your BIM, CAD and CGI design models.

So, you can explore yet-to-be-built developments. You can demonstrate spatial dynamics and you can effectively present your projects to clients, colleagues and other stakeholders.

man inside underground model

Typical applications include:
  • Architectural and engineering visualisations
  • Sales and bid support
  • Community and stakeholder engagement
  • Open days and events
  • Virtual site visits
  • Asset integrity programmes
  • CAD and BIM visualisations
  • Collaborative design reviews
  • Site monitoring and contractor education
  • Asset and facilities Management briefings
Some of the sectors we work with include:
  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Education
  • Public affairs
  • Interior design
  • Real estate

Business benefits


Improve sales processes
Show exactly how your concepts will look and feel

Speed-up the sign-off
Answer detailed planning questions with life-like demonstrations

Increase engagement
Win over community and stakeholder groups

Reduce planning errors
Experience spatial interactions and complex dynamics, and spot potential issues

Enhance collaboration
Bring all your teams together – design, engineering, clients and end-users

 2 people looking at supermarket visulisation

Create new value at every phase of your development

The great thing about an Igloo immersive environment is that you can use it throughout the lifecycle of your development

Planning
Get clients and stakeholders on board with your initial ideas and concepts

Design
Work through the details of the plans, the sightlines and the spatial dynamics

Construction
Brief construction teams, plan schedules and work through any adjustments

Operation
Improve training and enhance facilities and asset management

Work smarter and faster – with all your existing visualisation tools and workflows

With Igloo, you’re not tied down to a single tool or service provider.

Our flexible systems give you the freedom to use the tools you are already familiar with in your everyday workflows.

Even when working with very large BIM models, encompassing thousands of rooms and sophisticated mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), the Igloo system handles it without breaking a sweat.

Meanwhile, our straightforward, easy-to-use software means that you don’t need onsite technical support, or even to be that proficient with CAD. Instead, you get immediate value from your Igloo investment and, of course, if you ever need help or guidance, our technical support team is only ever a phone call away.

Industry standard tools that are compatible with Igloo include:

Overcome the limitations of
VR headsets

In contrast to VR headsets, Igloo is a shared experience – which makes it ideal for many data visualisation applications.

So, for example:

  • Your teams and clients can all look at the same thing at the same time
  • You can make and read eye contact with each other
  • You can switch between the context of a team meeting and the virtuality of a 3D visualisation

Igloo’s not square (or flat) –

so we’re the ideal visualisation environment

With a wraparound, 360° horizon, our projection cylinders are an ideal visualisation tool. Unlike many BIM Caves or Cubes, Igloos don’t have corners, so don’t suffer from annoying distortions. And, in contrast to flat or curved-screen systems, you can step right inside your visualisations.

Increase spatial understanding

It is easier and more intuitive to understand spatial dynamics, including scale, shape, location, distance and direction. Information can therefore be assimilated more quickly and effectively.

Improve team interaction

Igloo eliminates the need for team members to huddle uncomfortably around a single screen. Instead, they can collaborate and interact more easily, drawing each other’s attention to details and taking full advantage of the so-called field of regard (FOR).

Increase peripheral awareness

An entire panoramic, 360° image can be displayed. So instead of being preoccupied or distracted by a portion or selective view of the data, it can be seen and comprehended in its entirety.

Reduce information clutter

With a huge screen area, it is possible to display and integrate various types and sources of information (such as icons, windows, text boxes, and glyphs). So a variety of information can be assimilated and cross-referenced more quickly and effectively.

For more details, and direct links to a wide range of original research and some great case studies, download our white paper, The Benefits of Being There.

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Import and integrate any content

Igloo can integrate industry standard visualisation tools like Revizto, Lumion or Solibri.

3D data from tools like Revit, Navisworks and Sketchup can be visualised in the Igloo in a matter of minutes at the click of a button. Or we can build dedicated model importers and functionality.

Also 360° images, videos or CGI can be layered and displayed (by dragging and dropping them into the Igloo media player). And photogrammetry and laser scans can be easily added.

Draw on a world of Igloo experience

We have worked with clients worldwide on immersive visualisation initiatives:

“We have been impressed by how easy it is to use the system, and how straightforward it is to incorporate and visualise a wide range of different imagery, BIM models and associated 3D data.”

Anne Carroll, Design Manager,
Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water
AMP6 Capital Delivery Alliance leadership team

Considering the Igloo advantage

A growing range of visualisation platforms are available.

Each of them has its own particular characteristics. So what about an Igloo 360 cylinder? How is it different? Or better?

Life-like

Igloo delivers HD quality, 3D-capable projections, coupled with studio-quality surround sound. So you get a natural horizon, with no distracting corners, and no distortion.

Versatile

Many immersive environments are single-use systems. Not the Igloo. It is largely a software-based solution and is compatible with practically any content. So it can be used as a simulator one day, a visualisation platform the next, and a stakeholder engagement tool the day after.

Collaborative

The Igloo environment is ideal for collaborative teamwork it can accommodate any number of team members. You can easily bring together people from multiple disciplines and it is also a perfect solution for stakeholder engagement.

Portable

An Igloo cylinder is highly portable, it can be erected almost anywhere. And it can easily be transported from one location to another.

Affordable

It is not unusual for an immersive environment to cost in excess of $1 million. Igloo was deliberately designed as a far more affordable solution, using commonly available components – so a fully-equipped Igloo cylinder will cost a faction of that price.

Flexible

You can have a temporary facility, or a permanent space (that can doubles as a visualisation platform and a well-equipped meeting room). You can even install an Igloo onsite providing updates to clients, and enabling project managers to give contractors the tightest possible briefs.