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Data Center World 2023

Data Center World delivers expert strategy and insight on the technologies and concepts you need to know to plan, manage, and optimize your data center. Data Center World educational conference programming is focused on the rapidly advancing data center technologies. Click on session titles for full session descriptions. All times noted are in CST (Austin, Texas time zone).

How virtual reality reduces risk on new data center construction

Angel Say  (CEO, Resolve)

Ryan Zoldan  (Integrated Construction Manager, Mortenson)

Jaden Richardson  (Critical Facility Engineer, Meta)

Location: Room 9BC

Date: Wednesday, May 10

Time: 10:00 am - 10:50 am

Pass Type: Industry Conference, Standard, AFCOM Vendor Member, All Access- BUILD, All Access- Omdia, All Access- Workshop

Track: Design, Build, Operate, Control

Session Type: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Everyone wants to know how we can we build faster without sacrificing quality or increasing risk. With recent advancements in standalone virtual reality, it's easier than ever to engage cross functional data center stakeholders early in the design and construction process. Teams no longer have to wait until something is built to start surfacing issues that could slow down construction or impact daily operations.

Virtual collaboration has saved Meta hyperscale data centers substantial time and money by identifying issues before construction and optimizing for a safer, more efficient, and sustainable final data center build. Experts from Meta, Mortenson, and Resolve will share a process — from planning through resolution — that uses VR to reduce risk of new projects.

We will share critical issues discovered in VR and the positive impacts of their resolutions. Learn how operators can flag concerns virtually when they're easier to fix. We'll discuss the importance of visibility into models prior to construction. We will touch on how the process enhances model quality and lays the groundwork for continued success post-turnover. Other topics include: model expectations (design & trade), feedback alignment, model organization, schedule impacts, and trade modeling contracts.


  • Learn to leverage VR with cross functional teams, from operations to security, during coordination to eliminate late-stage rework and changes.
  • Plan the use of VR on a project by setting expectations and what is required to develop a model that can be used in VR.
  • Understand the importance and value of providing cross functional teams visibility and transparency to building models using VR.
  • Learn about the owner-driven uses of VR after construction is complete from new hire training to security reviews.