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October 20, 2017

DDC STEAM Collaborates with Coro Fellowship to Develop Virtual Reality Pilot Program

On Friday October 20th, 2017 the New York City Department of Design and Construction hosted 15 Coro Fellows for a presentation by DDC Coro Fellow Intern Zachary Litif. 

Zachary is currently a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs with the Coro New York Leadership Center. By participating in seminars, individual placements, and leadership interviews, he and his Coro Fellow classmates have the opportunity to use the city as a classroom. Outside of their individual placements and seminars, they participate in group interviews with leaders in different sectors around NYC to better understand the intricacies of who and what runs civic life in NYC.

Zack’s first placement was with DDC. He worked closely with the STEAM Initiatives team and Lucy Wong, Program Director of Public Buidings Division, on a virtual reality pilot program. "The AEC industry's use of VR technology began in 2015.  Since then, the adoption of VR/AR/XR technology has grown exponentially." said Lucy Wong.  "DDC understands VR's ability to assist in the design and construction processes and thus is eager to ensure that access to its pipeline is open to underprivileged minority girls within the NYC public high school system who are interested in a career as an architect or an engineer or a technologist." 

Zack presented his findings and exhibited the VR pilot program, and offered his insight into the future of VR in AEC and society. The pilot is scheduled to be launched over the summer of 2018 via DDC’s High School Summer Internship Program. Students will use 360 cameras, video editing software, and VR headsets to create an immersive project tailored to the construction management process.corocoro