Virtual tour maker eyes growing order book due to Covid-19

A Dorset visualisation specialist is witnessing a dramatic spike in business as clients in the property, leisure and education sectors stay off-site because of coronavirus. With in-person visits ruled out, builders, estate agents, architects, developers, hoteliers and colleges are among those instructing Yooport to put 3D virtual tours of their premises online. The firm is busy processing extensive data captured pre-lockdown while remaining available for new visits as and when movement restrictions are eased in line with government advice.

Yooport co-founder and Technical Director Richard Guppy said: “We are here to support business continuity during these extremely difficult and concerning times.

“That means giving clients the opportunity to continue showcasing their premises online while observing safe working practices and social distancing guidance.

“Everyone is rightly minimising site visits just now. The beauty of our solution is that you can visualise, measure and evaluate locations remotely and directly on whatever device you like and from anywhere.”

Yooport uses ‘digital twin’ technology to create immersive, 3D site walkthroughs. The aim is to offer a similar richness of experience to visiting in person. Tags and links are easily embedded, giving extra detail and interaction to complement what is on view. Virtual tours are being offered by museums and art galleries across the world as way of engaging people who are unable to travel to exhibitions. And colleges and universities have been posting walk-around tours of campuses for prospective students considering entry in the next academic year.

As well as working with Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry to create the county’s first 3D map of business premises, Yooport has recently posted room-to-room tours of office space, student accommodation and residential property across the south of England and overseas. In the Solent and south east, the firm has announced a partnership with property consultancy Vail Williams to showcase visualisations of office, retail, residential and industrial space.

Mr Guppy added:  “All kinds of companies and organisations are adopting digital twin technology to make physical property space accessible when an in-person viewing isn’t possible.

“Virtual tours are an ideal solution in these days of travel restrictions, quarantine and social distancing.  They are like a 24/7 open house without the need to visit the bricks-and-mortar location.”

To support clients struggling with cash flow due to the impact of Covid-19, Yooport is currently offering a three-month payment holiday.


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(Pictured : Yooport directors Richard and Krystyna Guppy with, on left, Ian Girling, Chief Executive of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry)


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