COLLEGE STATION - Construction Science students at Texas A&M got a showcase Thursday morning about how technology plays a huge role in their industry.
News 3 has an inside look at how computers, virtual reality to new ways to share designs are transforming the business of building.
Some high tech toys from virtual reality building simulations, to a Building Information Modeling cave and of course Reveille were on display at Francis Hall on Thursday.
Construction Tech Demonstration Day at Texas A&M brought hundreds of students to hear from Nick Chim, a former Google engineer who helped found Flux, out of secret lab Google X.
Flux offers a set of tools to help collaborate in construction.
"Flux tools provide two way connectivity and real time information exchange and so you can take a process that normally can take you know days or weeks and it can sort of run through almost instantly on Flux," said Chim.
David Gardner studies Construction Science at Texas A&M.
"As I understand it it's a great way to collect data so we can take city ordinances, we can take basic physics, engineering models and we can start creating this database of information and when we apply it to the model," said Gardner.
"A&M's reputation that is it's astounding. It's astounding to see that people like this will come here and want us to be with them want us to know what they have to offer to give to A&M," said David Bengtson, a Texas A&M Construction Science Student.
Julian Kang teaches Construction Science at the university.
"We're talking about exchanging data files between platforms and it is not an easy task at all and I was kind of excited to see the Google Flux is one of the companies working on it," said Julian Kang, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Construction Science.
Right now customers can use flux for free over the internet. The plan is to charge a monthly subscription fee as their tools become more developed.
"We think by improving design coordination early in the design process we can also end up with a better and more cost effective building," Chim said.
The students are also using 3-D printers to make real life designs of their models for class.