Blog Published: 06/07/2018

Blogger - Geoff Alder

Interior Design to VR - Autodesk University London presentation

I was extremely delighted to see so many people attend my session on Interior design to VR.

The excellent questions that were asked by the attendees at the end of the session show how important the use of VR is in interior design. It is now very apparent that VR in the AEC Collection is here to stay.

I wanted to look at the workflow that we can use to optimise the tools available. I have been asked on several occasions while training on Revit or 3ds Max – “How do I get my model into VR?” I therefore looked at the tools available in the full AEC Collection and developed a training programme that utilises the tools to achieve the product. The training programme was not necessarily Revit or 3ds Max but a specific workflow for interior designers. This led to a training programme where I looked at the specific information that was available for final interior design VR. An AutoCAD drawing was available of the retail space and that was basically it. The client had the AEC Collection but had not used it as they felt that learning the full collection was a big task given the time they had at their disposal.

Looking at the tools that are available and starting with the AutoCAD drawing, I decided that I would look at the simplest way to get the project up into VR. We did not need to fully understand AutoCAD or indeed Revit and 3ds Max. It was a case of best tool for the job. I looked then at getting the AutoCAD drawing into Revit and using Revit to build up the environment geometry. This was the walls, ceilings doors and in this case some quite large diameter columns that were in the plan. Then that model in Revit was simply uploaded to Revit Live and demonstrated in a simple orbital view but also in VR.


The client was astonished that even just a short learning curve to get an AutoCAD drawing into Revit and Revit Live was very quick. The simplest of VR immersive models instantly highlighted issues that were not apparent in the drawing or indeed immediate in viewing the 3D model in Revit. The clear observations in VR confirmed simple visual concepts for example line of sight. This retail floor had large columns and in entering the main door it was required that certain important services should be clearly visible. This was extremely useful so quickly after exporting the Revit model into Revit Live. Even the simple feature in Revit Live that allows the viewer to press the controller and get dimension readout was extremely useful in interior design.

Understanding the spatial capacity was key to the interior designer required. Further enhancements were then worked on in 3ds Max and 3ds Max Interactive to place content and give a realistic immersive experience.

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About the author

  • Geoff Alder

Geoff Alder

Application Specialist

Geoff Alder has been training Autodesk applications for 25 years. He came into training from practical experience in the building industry.  He has designed and carried out technical training all over the world.
Geoff is a particularly dedicated trainer on 3D applications and has won awards from Autodesk for training on 3ds max.

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