Get Ready for the Future!

CII’s Virtual Reality (VR) team is working on developing a guide to facilitate VR implementation in the construction industry, that includes recommendations in terms of hardware, software, space, personnel training, and model preparation. The team also measured the value of VR through user test via a demonstration VR project and a cost-benefit analysis. Results demonstrate that for use cases such Design Review, both novices and experts in the test group (i.e., performing tests via VR headset) performed significantly better than users in the control group (i.e., performing tests via a desktop monitor).
 

Figure 1. The VR environment

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Figure 2. The workface planner discussing design errors with the designer or engineer. Falling protection railing is missing in the position shown on the screen.

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Figure 3. The VR simulation reviewer should notice that the supports are too short.

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Figure 4. The VR simulation reviewer should notice that some pipe spools have been re-routed, but supports have not been removed/deleted.

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Figure 5. University of Texas Graduate Research Assistant, Bing Han, tests the VR simulation on CII staff.

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The VR simulator will be at the Innovation Showcase in San Diego where the team will present their findings on implementing virtual reality systems and the potential power of these systems to substantially alter the engineering and construction industries. Don't miss this!


Date posted: May 24, 2019

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