Can Virtual Reality Help Rebuild Texas After Hurricane Harvey?

How one firm’s ambition may pave the way for a more efficient post disaster rebuild effort.


Although times have changed, reactions to the destruction left in the wake of super storms such as Hurricane Harvey, which tore through Texas this past weekend, have generally remained the same. For millennia, gigantic storms have wreaked havoc upon us, and for millennia, human beings have hunkered down, persevered, and overcome.

Like all other times in the past, the water will recede, the clouds will dissipate, and the sun will finally break through to grace the desolation. Those who found themselves in the middle of the wreckage will once again pick up the pieces to their towns, their families, and their lives and begin to move forward.

Throughout the course of history, there have been two constant variables held true when it comes to these Perfect Storms; they will strike again and technology will be utilized to try and thwart the devastation.

Throughout the course of history, there have been two constant variables that have held true when it comes to these Perfect Storms; they will strike again and technology will be utilized to try and thwart the devastation.

Mother Nature is a cruel necessity in life, on the one hand giving us the bounty we need to survive while on the other hand easily taking it away. But is there a potential, in the current and future-scape of technology to improve the effectiveness of the clean-up effort?

Like all other times in the past, the water will recede, the clouds will dissipate, and the sun will finally break through to grace the desolation.

Being that the clean-up is the only aspect of these horrors that we can control, there must be a way to not only rebuild what has been lost but rebuild it more efficiently. By utilizing our innovative minds, the human species has evolved against Mother Nature’s Wrath time and time again. One tech startup hopes to continue this trend through the utilization of Virtual Reality to improve the rebuild effort and transform a tragedy into a period of great growth. With communities all but razed, their vision serves as a light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

Cuddlefish is a tech startup that specializes in Virtual and Augmented Reality application design. Their vision is to employ Virtual Reality to improve the effectiveness of the post-disaster relief efforts for future super cells such as Harvey and Katrina.

Proper planning is arguably the most crucial stage in the cleanup. The rebuild effort necessitated by these storms are funded through Federal and State tax dollars, charitable donations, and insurance payouts. Regardless of who is footing the bill, this causes a huge economic burden which is felt by millions and takes years to reclaim.

Cuddlefish is a tech startup that specializes in Virtual and Augmented Reality application designs. Their vision is to employ Virtual Reality 3D design to improve the effectiveness of the post-disaster relief efforts for future super cells such as Harvey and Katrina.

Cuddlefish envisions Virtual Reality becoming a keystone to increased efficacy of efforts made during the rebuild. By allowing business and residential developers the ability to walk through a photo-real virtual rendition of their designs each project can be planned more effectively. This also allows each dollar spent to have a higher rate of return.

By empowering Construction Managers with the capability of walking through and observing a life-sized rendition of their blueprints and designs will grant them the ability to render their clients and communities with even more assurance. This comes from being able to complete the project correctly and on time while potentially saving thousands of dollars on mistakes that would have not been caught without the use of VR walkthroughs.

Municipalities would find an advantage to the utilization of Virtual Reality to help plan their infrastructure rebuilds. With infrastructure damage being one of the biggest aspects to the destruction of these super storms, every taxpayer’s dollar needs to be effectively accounted for and utilized to support these large reconstruction projects. VR would allow for project managers to build infrastructure even better than before while saving time and money in the process.

Investors often find big opportunities in the reconstruction of disaster areas. By allowing them to walk through people’s visions for their fresh start in real-time they can provide business owners an opportunity to improve their economic position during a time of economic ruin.

To present someone who lost everything the gift of visualizing their future can change the course of their life.

After a tragedy of this magnitude, where good people lose everything from their homes, to their businesses; and to friends and family members healing and growth must be at the forefront of our communities minds. Life will never be the same for the people who are victim to these natural travesties. All they can look towards now is the future and maintain hope that they will eventually be okay.

To present someone who lost everything the gift of visualizing their future can change the course of their life.


How You can Help…

Art and Design play a vital part in rebuilding any city. Cuddlefish has offered to raise money for the Art Departments of each college that has been affected in Houston.

To donate to these students and their departments visit:

www.youcaring.com/cuddlefish

(We keep none of the proceeds)


Visit Cuddlefish Below:

www.cuddlefishworld.com